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Scott MacKay Commentary: Patrick Kennedy's Journey In His New Book

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy has pulled the veil from his famous family in a new book that details his addiction and mental health issues. Some members of his family have reacted angrily to the book, calling the memoir inaccurate. RIPR’s Scott MacKay says Kennedy deserves a Profile in Courage award of his own.
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Political Roundtable: Morgan on Truck Tolls, DCYF & Coventry Fire Issues

State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week, along with guest panelist Tim White from WPRI-TV, to discuss the outlook on Governor Gina Raimondo's truck toll plan; new findings about the state Department of Children, Youth and Families; and ongoing problems in Coventry's fire districts.
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The governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force holds its next public meeting Wednesday morning to present the beginnings of a plan to combat overdose deaths.

The group has been tasked with writing a strategic plan to fight opioid overdose deaths by the end of this year. And the group will give a glimpse of that plan at this meeting. It will likely address preventing addiction to painkillers and heroin, expanding treatment and recovery opportunities, and educating health care providers about their role in reducing the risk of overdose.

This was the season a freshman might have started at quarterback for the Bryant University football team. Tucker Beirne, a 6-2, 225-pounder from Coral Gables, Fla., looked like a player who could follow in the footsteps of 2014 graduate Mike Westerhaus, who stood third on Bryant’s all-time passing list with 4,929 yards. Beirne’s father David played lacrosse at Bryant in the 1980s and currently sits on the Bryant board of Trustees, so Tucker already knew about the Bulldogs football program.


The Rhode Island School of Design inaugurates Roseanne Somerson Friday during outdoor ceremony in Providence. Somerson took over as interim president following the abrupt departure of former President John Maeda in 2013.

Somerson began at RISD, as a photography major in 1971. She returned to RISD, and helped create the school’s first undergraduate furniture design program.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick), deputy minority leader in the House, stopped by our studio to talk about a variety of issues facing the state.

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In a strikingly personal statement on, Bulldogs' Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Chris Burns describes what it was like to conceal his identity for many years. The former Bryant basketball player writes that he finally decided to come out in June, following the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

Courtesy of Chris Torres

Rhode Island Working Families, the new progressive/labor advocacy group, has hired Chris Torres, an experienced organizer with past Ocean State experience, as its state director. Torres is slated to formally start his new job November 15.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Thursday that a newly released impact study on her truck toll plan shows that the proposal will help Rhode Island’s economy.

The study by Regional Economic Models predicts the toll plan could boost the state’s gross domestic product by $538 million. The study also predicts the governor’s toll proposal will create a net increase of more than 6,000 jobs.

In a statement, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he’s digesting the impact study.

Federal officials are collecting public comments this week about National Grid’s proposal to build a liquefied natural gas facility in Providence. Residents can sign up to speak at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex.

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This week, new details have emerged about financial mismanagement at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. A second audit has revealed the former director of the child welfare agency may have violated state ethics rules by getting paid to be a consultant for a vendor DCYF was overseeing.

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Mayor Jorge Elorza’s administration has reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with Local 1033 of the Laborers International Union of North America, which represents city employees in City Hall, the School Department and the Parks and Public Works Departments.


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