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House To Begin RI Budget Deliberations

The Rhode Island House will settle in this Thursday for a lengthy session to decide the state budget for the next fiscal year. The budget debate could run multiple days.

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Sons Of Jacob: Inside The Last Synagogue On Smith Hill

The Smith Hill neighborhood in Providence has seen waves of immigrants over the years. The Irish were first, in the early 19th century. Now the neighborhood is almost half Hispanic and Asian, according to the 2010 census. But at one time, it was the center of a sizeable Jewish community.

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It’s now illegal to smoke in the center of downtown Providence. Last week the City Council voted to override the mayor, banning smoking on street corners and sidewalks. In downtown Providence Monday, some residents and workers shared their reactions to the ban.

Smoking a cigarette next to Burnside Park, Sarah Heistand said people should be able to smoke outdoors.

“You’re outside,” said Heistand. “I mean, what are you gonna do about the people that work down here? Where are they gonna smoke? I don’t think it’s right.”

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"Accidental Death Of An Anarchist" is an Italian play written by Dario Fo, a left-leaning playwright, loved by many, disliked by others. The Contemporary Theater in Wakefield has taken it on. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says the production surely has its moments.

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President Donald Trump has lost some of his support in Kent County since the election last November. That’s one of the findings in a new poll from Brown University’s Taubman Center.

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Social media continues its creep into every area of life. Once again, a Facebook post has become an issue in a Rhode Island lawsuit that has reached the Rhode Island Supreme Court, which has reinstated the unemployment benefits of a worker fired because of a social media post.

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The Providence-Newport ferry is expected to be out of commission until this Wednesday, following a small crash during a trip to Providence this weekend.

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A new effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose deaths opened Monday in Rhode Island. Lifespan, the state’s largest hospital system, is running an outpatient treatment facility called the Lifespan Recovery Center in Providence.

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The National Weather Service is taking its radar in Taunton, Massachusetts, out of commission Tuesday for three or four days of planned maintenance. This is the first of four scheduled upgrades for the radar.

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Rhode Island's chapter of The Nature Conservancy is preparing to remove a 200-year-old dam from the Pawcatuck River to restore the ecosystem and protect local communities from flooding due to dam failure. 


Record-Breaking Year For Mass. Maple Syrup Producers

Jun 18, 2017
Courtesy of High Hopes Farm / Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

For the third year in a row, maple syrup production in Massachusetts was at an all-time high.

A federal survey found the state's sugarmakers produced 7,000 more gallons this year than last year.

Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Coordinator Winton Pitcoff said the weather helped. Warm temperatures in January and February started the season off. Colder temperatures in March allowed production to continue into April.

It may not yet be time to cue The Final Countdown, but we're getting there with House Finance signing off on a new state budget. 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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