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State Opioid Advisor: RI Needs New Funding, New Approaches To Fight Overdose Crisis

Governor Gina Raimondo’s senior advisor on drug policy, Tom Coderre, said all options should be on the table to deal with the state’s opioid crisis, including safe injection sites.

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Rhode Island State Senator Nicholas Kettle pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of extortion. He said nothing to reporters while exiting the courthouse.

Kettle, a Republican from Coventry, was first elected in 2010, at the age of 19. He was still a student at the time. He was released on bail Monday, facing charges that he extorted another man for sex in 2011. 

Lawyer J.A. Dixon-Acosta said the alleged extortion victim ran against Kettle as an independent four years ago.

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The deadly school shooting in Florida last week highlighted concerns over how schools protect teachers and students. The Ocean State mandates school safety plans, in coordination with multiple agencies.

State law requires all public schools to create such plans with the State department of emergency management, state police and the state fire marshal. Those plans are required to include procedures for evacuation, sheltering and addressing medical needs.

A sadly familiar story dominates the news once again.  Meanwhile, the political beat remains busy in the Biggest Little. 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 utility announced last year they would seek a general rate hike, for gas and electric utilities. The original proposal called for an increase in gas rates by about five percent and electric by about six percent. The company now says those numbers will be less, accounting for savings under the new federal tax law.

That didn’t stop some dozen people from criticizing the company for the proposed increase during a public hearing in front of the Public Utilities Commission. A small crowd gathered at Pawtucket City Hall, to voice their concerns over the potential increase.

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Did that dog bed you got at L.L. Bean 5 years ago get chewed by its occupant?  Until last week, you could just take it back and get a replacement for no charge.  The company has announced that it's changing its famous unconditional return policy that has been a part of the brand since it started more than a century ago.  The change comes as a response to the growing number of customers who have been taking advantage of the policy.

State Senator Dawn Euer (D-Newport) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues, including the progressive movement, the PawSox stadium debate, abortion rights, redevelopment in Newport, and much more.

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Rhode Islanders need more education to get better jobs. 

That was one of the main findings of a recent report by the Economic Progress Institute, a think tank that works to improve the well-being of low and moderate-income Rhode Islanders. The institute’s executive director, Rachel Flum, sat down to discuss the report and related topics.

American Wind Energy Association and Special Initiative on Offshore Wind

The American Wind Energy Association, a wind industry trade group, has released new underwater footage from around the Block Island Wind Farm.


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Lilian Calderon spent her first night with her family in Rhode Island after being detained for nearly a month by federal immigration authorities in Massachusetts. 

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