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On 66-7 Vote, RI House Passes $9.55B Budget; Split Detailed For Sports Betting

On a 66 to 7 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a $9.55 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and that spells out for the first time how the state will divide revenue from the introduction of sports betting at two locations. The vote on the budget took place minutes ahead of a 10 p.m. deadline imposed by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, who said lawmakers would need to return to work Saturday morning if they didn't finish the budget Friday night. The vote...

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After Years Of Fighting, Breakers Welcome Center Officially Opens

The controversial new welcome center at the Breakers mansion in Newport opened Thursday, as part of the Newport Preservation Society’s annual meeting. The nonprofit, which runs the Gilded-Age mansion estimated hundreds, including Governor Gina Raimondo, were expected to turn up.

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Happy Father’s Day, all you dads who watch ESPN in the middle of the night while feeding your infant, who change diapers between innings without complaining, and who pace the floor with a colicky baby with the U.S. Open on television.

Happy Father’s Day to those of you who buy a Red Sox teething ring for your kid, who think the ideal picture book is “Patriots Super Bowl Highlights”, and whose favorite bedtime story is “Havlicek Stole The Ball”.

Rhode Island’s last two governors - Lincoln Chafee and Gina Raimondo - were elected with far less than 50 percent of the vote. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Maine may have a better way of electing governors.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from recent issues at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the House version of the state budget, and the intensifying race for governor.

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Rhode Island’s House of Representatives Thursday night approved a bill to create a new criminal penalty for dealers in cases of fatal overdoses.

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One of the most hyped young baseball players in the country right now happens to have a Fisher Cat on his uniform.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the son of soon-to-be Hall of Famer Vlad Sr., is playing third base for the minor league New Hampshire Fisher Cats this season.

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The house from Detroit, which was once home to the brother of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and his family, and where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south will be offered at auction this summer in New York after being saved from demolition and turned into an art piece. 

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An insurance industry group says a car parts bill passed Tuesday by the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee will make the state an outlier and raise costs for consumers. But the sponsor of the measure, state Rep. Ken Marshall (D-Bristol), contends the legislation makes sense and will protect consumers.

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A public advertising campaign aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic is scheduled to begin airing on TV and social media outlets in Rhode Island later this month.

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After an unusual journey, a family of five piping plovers in Narragansett has made it safely to the beach.

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Rhode Islanders enrolled in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act can now pay their monthly insurance bills at their local CVS Pharmacy.

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