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"Trumpcare" Could Cut $200M From Medicaid, Destabilize HealthSource RI

Rhode Island health officials are busy analyzing the potential impacts of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. Proposed funding cuts to Medicaid - the health insurance program for the poor - could mean covering fewer people or reducing payments to health care providers.

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The Pulse: "Baby Court" Aims To Reunite Troubled New Parents With Newborns Faster

New parents get involved in Family Court for different reasons – but usually because the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, or DCYF, believes their newborn is at risk.

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The Office of the Child Advocate has reviewed the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four infants and the near deaths of two others over the past six months whose families were involved with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, or DCYF. The Advocate’s report finds the agency missed opportunities to prevent those deaths.

R.I. U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has hired political operative Joe Caiazzo to work on his 2018 reelection campaign. Caiazzo, a Stoneham, Mass. native, is no stranger to Rhode Island politics – he was a top campaign Rhode Island aide to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. In the general election, Caiazzo worked in Rhode Island for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Sanders comfortably won the primary and Clinton easily carried the Ocean State in the general election.

Sen. Jack Reed is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Russian interests and President Donald Trump’s campaign. Reed said in a statement that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California is too partisan to lead a credible probe into links between Russian interests and the president and his campaign advisers.

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During an emotional farewell, state Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport announced Wednesday she's leaving the General Assembly after 24 years to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI).

Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, 68, is poised to get the support to succeed Paiva Weed during a Democratic caucus slated for the Senate lounge at 3 p.m. Thursday. Ruggerio, the longest-serving member of the Senate, said he is not aware of any rivals and that he wants Senate Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey to serve as his majority leader.

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A group of Roger Williams University students who are studying abroad at the University of Westminster this semester have reported they are safe after the attack that left four people dead near Parliament in London.

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Meals on Wheels Rhode Island leaders say their program could be severely limited under President Trump’s proposed budget.  Rhode Island’s MOW program gets 30 percent of its funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which could see an 18 percent cut under the president’s plan. But although proposed cuts raise concerns, this isn’t the first time the organization has experienced a funding scare.

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faced questioning in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Tuesday about whether he supports political contributions by unidentified donors.

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Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio is expected to quickly succeed Teresa Paiva Weed as president of the state Senate, with Paiva Weed heading off to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, RIPR has learned.

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The city of Providence and the state’s Department of Corrections both appear on a list released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as being uncooperative with federal immigration enforcement.

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