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Change In Abuse Reporting Law Raises New Concerns Among Educators

The Providence Teachers Union is asking why so many teachers are being placed on administrative leave and facing investigations for abusing students. The union called a special meeting with city and school officials Monday.

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Former Bridgewater State Hospital Guards Found Not Guilty In 2009 Death

A Superior Court judge has found three former guards at Bridgewater State Hospital "not guilty" in the death of a schizophrenic patient at Bridgewater State Hospital eight years ago.

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Protections of a marine national monument made up of underwater mountains and canyons 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod could be at risk after President Donald Trump significantly scaled back the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah Monday - the biggest reduction of monument protections in U.S. history.

Aviva DeKornfeld

For weeks after Hurricane Maria, Cynthia and Vanessa Melendez were trapped in their village in Humacao, Puerto Rico. They had no water and were running out of food. They eventually made their way out, along with their eight children, resettling in New Bedford. The sisters and their children have joined other Puerto Ricans arriving in the city since the hurricane.


Mass. Hit With Early Flu Season

Dec 7, 2017
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It's just the start of the flu season, but the virus has already spread widely across Massachusetts, according to state epidemiologists who track and report the flu to the Centers for Disease Control. 

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The state commission set up to study the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana met again Wednesday. The panel heard from representatives from states which have already implemented recreational marijuana.

Amid a rising chorus of calls Wednesday for U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota to resign, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Franken should step down.

Brown Reports Four Students Contracted Mumps

Dec 5, 2017
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Four Brown University students have contracted the mumps, the latest in a series of outbreaks on college campuses across the country.

Scott Indermaur

Sometimes, too often perhaps, it seems impossible to absorb the steady diet of toxic news stories and headlines: mass shootings, deadly hurricanes, horrific droughts, massive wildfires, out-of-control pandemics, and hundred-year floods.  For some of us, it may be tempting to keep the news at bay and retreat into our respective cocoons, out of harm's way – or so we would like to believe.  But don't all of us yearn to keep hope alive somehow, even in the face of what may seem to be daunting odds?

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George Blessing, a staff psychologist at Cranston High School West, is accused of failing to report allegations to child welfare authorities of, “sexual abuse of a child in an educational program.” Blessing is the first person to face charges under Rhode Island’s newly amended child abuse reporting law. A hearing on a motion to dismiss the trial, as well as the potential start of the trial itself had to be postponed, after the prosecutor from the Attorney General's office fell ill. The trial has been rescheduled for early January.

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CVS Health’s chief executive says the Woonsocket-based company’s $69 billion bid to acquire health insurer Aetna will be good for consumers – and Rhode Island’s governor seems to agree.

But health industry experts say there are reasons to be skeptical.

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Former state Rep. Joe Trillo, a one-time national committeeman for the Rhode Island Republican Party, scrambled the Ocean State's 2018 field for governor by announcing Tuesday that he will run as an independent.

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