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UHIP: State Officials Report Progress, Roughly 6,000 Residents Remain Without Benefits

Last week we met Rhode Islanders waiting outside the state Department of Human Services because of problems with benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. The shift to a new online system left thousands of people without the assistance they count on. One woman, Elizabeth Vanover, says doctors bills have been piling up since the state cut off her Medicaid.

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COURTESY OF CATHERINE VIOLET HUBBARD ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Five Years After Sandy Hook, An Animal Sanctuary Is One Girl's Legacy Of Kindness

It’s been five years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Catherine Violet Hubbard was one of 20 children killed, along with six educators. Her family has spent the past five years planning an animal sanctuary in her memory .

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Ah, the intra-party fellowship of the holiday season! That's one of one of our top themes this week, so 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.

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which caps power plant carbon emissions in participating states, is expected to expand to New Jersey and Virginia. 


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Rhode Island ranks as the 11th healthiest state, according to a new report released by the nonprofit United Health Foundation.

Massachusetts ranks number one.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joins Political Roundtable to discuss his new priorities and Democrat Doug Jones' win over Republican Roy Moore in a dramatic U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the city's manufacturing sector, Governor Charlie Baker's popularity, the outlook for South Coast Rail and more.

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Where does a state find $500 million to fix a long backlog of school building repairs? General obligation bonds, that's where. At least that's the recommendation from Rhode Island's School Building Task Force.

Top Executive At CVS Resigns

Dec 14, 2017
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A top executive at CVS Health has left the company.

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The nation's first offshore wind farm about four miles off the coast of Block Island celebrated its one-year anniversary Tuesday. The wind farm supplies power to nearly 2,000 customers on the island and is saving those ratepayers money. Residents say the wind turbines have positively impacted tourism, but there are some disappointments too.  

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Utility company Eversource is demanding a national environmental group take down a study that says they unfairly withheld natural gas capacity and inflated electric rates– but the Environmental Defense Fund is standing by its research.

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Merriam- Webster has revealed “feminism as its word of the year for 2017. The Massachusetts-based dictionary said “feminism” was looked up on its website 70 percent more this year than last. Peter Sokolowski, Merriam Webster’s editor-at-large, said interest in feminism sparked several times—including during the Women’s March, and the premiere of the movie “Wonder Woman.”

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