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  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The legal battle over the state's 2011 public pension system overhaul moved forward in court Thursday, even as some of the plaintiffs are agreeing to settle. Lawyers for the public employees and retirees who are suing and the state's attorneys returned to court in Providence for pretrial motions. Attorney John Tarantino, who represents the...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Authorities say a child has died after she was struck by a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus a short distance from the Statehouse in Providence. Thursday near a gas station on Smith Street, less than half a mile from the Statehouse. The child was taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital, where they say she died from her injuries.

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Doctors and public health organizations told lawmakers Wednesday that making the state the first in the nation to raise the age for legal tobacco purchases to 21 would help prevent death and disease, while convenience store owners urged them not to hurt their businesses. Teresa Tanzi's bill to raise the age from 18 at a House committee hearing.

  • Critics worry firing squad law will tarnish Utah's image Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available. But critics say bringing back the firing squad in Utah— the only state to use the method in the past 40 years— could tarnish the state's image with visitors. Tourism is big business in Utah, home to...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. MGM seeks to become Massachusetts' first resort casino as rivals in Connecticut and the Boston area are also trying to open casinos.

  • LINCOLN, R.I.— With the trial over the state's 2011 overhaul of the public pension system looming, retired public employees suing the state overwhelmingly accepted a proposed settlement Monday. Leaders of the coalition representing the retirees urged them to accept the deal before the vote at Twin River Casino, saying a trial would be too risky and the case...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Critics of Uber and Lyft say the ride-hailing apps aren't paying Rhode Island sales tax on their services. The Providence Journal reports Terrence Mercer, associate administrator at the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers and a critic of the ride-hailing companies, said neither Uber not Lyft has registered to file sales tax.

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • March 20- A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages. District Judge Elaine Bucklo in Chicago said Cook County could pursue allegations that the bank steered minority borrowers into an...

  • KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica— They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a humpback whale flapping its tale amid a sea of melting icebergs. "In Antarctica, you can plan all you like, but you can't really schedule anything," goes a local saying.

  • Atlantic City rejected by voters on new Monopoly games Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:10 PM ET

    Atlantic City is where the Monopoly board game began, but voters in a global contest to pick cities for new editions of the 80- year-old game have turned their attention elsewhere. According to results released Thursday— the 80th birthday of Monopoly— Atlantic City, whose streets provided the names for the game's squares when it was created in 1935, did not make...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The Rhode Island House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would allow Twin River Casino in Lincoln to build a hotel on its premises, a move that officials and lawmakers say is necessary as an impending "casino arms race" heats up in the Northeast. But with competition from neighboring Massachusetts— which plans to open...

  • Lawmakers consider a raise for the state's tipped workers Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 12:07 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Lawmakers are considering whether to give thousands of restaurant employees, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers in Rhode Island a raise. The Providence Democrat has introduced a bill to raise the hourly rate from $2.89 to $4.50 in 2016. It would reach $9 in 2019, and be comparable with the regular minimum wage in 2020..

  • Rhode Island governor defends 2nd-home 'Taylor Swift tax' Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    She wants to raise nearly $12 million by implementing a statewide property tax on second homes worth more than $1 million. The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says it opposes the tax because it could discourage future buyers from purchasing vacation homes in Rhode Island and hurt the economy. She says Newport is still a bargain, compared with Nantucket,...

  • Truck hauling 30,000 pounds of lobster overturns in Maine Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    BENTON, Maine— Authorities say a tractor-trailer hauling 30,000 pounds of live Canadian lobster has overturned on an interstate in Maine. Maine state troopers say truck driver Horst Puff, of Greenfield, Nova Scotia, reported that he swerved early Wednesday to avoid striking a car that had spun out in front of him on snowy Interstate 95 in Benton.

  • Astro-Med posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. _ Astro-Med Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $543,000. On a per-share basis, the West Warwick, Rhode Island- based company said it had net income of 7 cents. Astro-Med shares have dropped 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The state Assembly voted Tuesday to make New York the fourth state to provide private sector workers with paid time off to care for a new child or sick loved one. The Senate has its own family leave proposal which would provide up to six weeks of benefits. California, New Jersey and Rhode Island already have similar programs.

  • Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, said his appearance at Tuesday's Public Safety Committee hearing with Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, underscores the gravity of the situation. The tribes want to build a casino as soon as possible along the Interstate 91 corridor in northern Connecticut to blunt the competition...

  • Unemployment rate drops in 24 states in January Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that jobless rates were unchanged from December in 18 states and in Washington, D.C.. Unemployment dropped the most from January 2014 in Illinois and in Rhode Island. Employers added jobs in 39 states and reduced them in 10 and in Washington, D.C. California gained 67,300 jobs in January, Ohio rose 25,100 and Michigan added...