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On 52-21 Vote, RI House Approves Truck Toll Plan

After seven hours of often sharp debate, the House of Representative on Wednesday voted, 52-21, to approve the revised version of Governor Gina Raimondo's plan to fix the state's crumbling infrastructure through new tolls on big trucks.
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Elorza Infuses Upbeat Tone In His State Of The City Address

Last night in his first State of the City address, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza painted a positive outlook for the city, despite a cumulative deficit of more than $13 million and a long legal battle with the city’s firefighters.
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Rhode Island Hospital’s application to open a new child birth unit has been deemed complete by the Rhode Island Department of Health. That's just one pending application for a new obstetrics unit.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Rhode Island now has access to a new source of information about health care activities and costs. The All Payer Claims Database launches this week- "all payer" meaning that it includes information from every health insurer, Medicaid, and Medicare. It's intended to help state agencies and researchers find out more about what works and what doesn’t in health care, where health care dollars are going, and track trends.

New Hampshire Public Radio

The only sure element of the 2016 presidential sweepstakes, in the aftermath of the New Hampshire primary , is that both Democrats and Republicans now face long nominating battles.

The party elites hate this – short and sweet nominating contests work best for them. Long campaigns drain money and effort away from the general election and create internecine jousts. That doesn’t mean, as in the Democratic battle of 2008, that the primary wounds can’t be healed, but it does take time.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Kindness

Feb 9, 2016

 Too often, it seems kindness in our world is in short supply.  Politicians take vicious swipes at each other during election season.  Talk-show callers rant on the airwaves.  Irritated drivers share their angry sentiments with, well, you know.  Yet, amidst the angry storms that surround us, there are wonderful, often quiet and poignant moments of kindness – people treating each other with gentleness, compassion, and genuine civility.  Too often these moments get lost in the noisy, chaos, but sometimes the astute among us notice and learn from them, which is just what happened to thirteen-year-old Jessica Kelly. 

Jessica Kelly is an eighth-grade student at the Moses Brown School in Providence.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

The revised bill to fix Rhode Island's crumbling bridges through new tolls on big trucks appears head to fast final passage before the end of the week, despite warnings from critics who see the plan as a threat to the state's economy.

On a 14-4 vote, House Finance Committee approved the so-called RhodeWorks bill. Rep. Ray Hull (D-Providence) joined three committee Republicans, Patricia Morgan of West Warwick, Daniel Reilly of Portsmouth, and Anthony Giarrusso of East Greenwich, in opposing the measure.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza will deliver his annual State of the City address this evening from City Hall. The mayor has struggled over the last year to resolve a dispute with city firefighters over scheduling. And the mayor has struggled to eliminate budget shortfalls that have added up over several years.

Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

“Break A Leg” is a well-known (if rarely seriously used) phrase to encourage an actor before he or she goes on stage. Now, Warwick's Ocean State Theatre presents “Breaking Legs,” a highly farcical comedy combining the theater world and the mafia. Bill Gale went to see it anyway.

The production, directed by Trinity Rep's Fred Sullivan Jr., turns out to be an overdone, over silly piece that somehow manages to be pretty darn funny.

John Bender / RIPR

Voters head to the polls in New Hampshire Tuesday to pick presidential candidates in the New Hampshire primary. Dozens of Rhode Islanders have been trekking to the Granite State to help candidates from both parties make their case.

Cynthia Goldsmith / CDC

At Brown University, health experts will sort fact from fiction on the Zika virus on Wednesday.

Zika virus has been spreading throughout South America. The World Health Organization recently declared it a public health emergency.

But so much is still unknown about the disease. Concerns are growing about the virus’ suspected link to birth defects, but that link has not been confirmed. And there’s still some uncertainty about how the virus spreads.

sand dunes
Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget devotes about 1.1 percent of all state spending to the state’s two major environmental agencies: the Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council. The DEM got a small bump from the governor’s last budget, while the CRMC held steady. We break down the numbers.

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