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Elorza Upbeat On Election-Year Budget, Yet Pension Remains A Big Challenge

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza unveiled a $745 million budget proposal Tuesday that avoids tax increases, maintains level-funding for city schools, and the mayor said, prepares Rhode Island's capital city for growth and success. Elorza used his election-year address to outline progress made since being faced with a $13 million deficit after taking office in 2015. "Look at what happens when we get our fiscal house in order -- people's confidence in us starts to rise and they begin to invest in...

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Dead Whale Found In Lubec Raises Questions About Rising Mortality Rates For Humpbacks

A dead humpback whale is floating in a Lubec cove. Scientists are eager to find the cause of its demise, as the discovery comes at a time of increasing mortality rates for the species.

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CVS Health paid its CEO Larry J.Merlo compensation totaling more than $18 million last year. That’s according to a proxy statement filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

This I Believe New England: Poems

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Scott Indermaur

Words matter.  They matter a lot.  We string words together in myriad ways.  Sentences filled with compelling prose.  Catchy phrases that inspire us.  One-word exclamations, some of which are unprintable and can't be said on the air.  And then there's poetry: the exquisitely careful, often delicate, assemblage of words that linger together artfully in ways that are sometimes hard to anticipate when we try out their juxtaposition.  Robert Frost wrote, "I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.

Warwick Republican Mayor Scott Avedisian, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, will leave his post to become director of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, according to a source close to Gov. Gina Raimondo.  The longtime Republican mayor of Warwick, Avedisian has been chairman of the RIPTA board and has expertise in public transit matters. The RIPTA board is scheduled to vote on the appointment Wednesday.

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Rhode Island state Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) has apologized for calling a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting a “dummy.”

In a statement on Tuesday, Chippendale said it was inappropriate to refer to Emma Gonzalez that way.

Chippendale says he’s sorry he used a tweet earlier this week to make the remark. The tweet followed Gonzalez’s reaction to a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville that left four people dead.

Chippendale said he will never apologize for zealously defending the Second Amendment.

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Next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will dispatch field staff to households in Providence County looking for residents who haven’t filled out the March survey.  

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A Providence city council member is supporting a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags and disposable plastic containers. This comes after Providence’s mayor vetoed a similar measure.  

Gil Santos, 1938-2018

Apr 21, 2018

Another beloved member of the New England sports media has left us.

Gil Santos, whose short, stocky stature belied his standing as a giant among the region’s sportscasters, died on Thursday. The “Voice of the Patriots” for 36 years was more Patriot than many of the players he described. Born on Patriots Day in 1938, married on Patriots Day in 1961, he died on Patriots Day in 2018. 

Only about two months remain until the filing deadline to run for public office in Rhode Island this year, so a more active phase of campaign season is approaching. With that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.


Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces headwinds in her reelection campaign. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses why the governor is so well-regarded outside the state but not so well-liked at home. 

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The future of the house where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south has been uncertain after Brown University backed out of plans to display it last month. But, it looks like the installation will remain in Providence for at least a month. 


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