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"Trumpcare" Could Cut $200M From Medicaid, Destabilize HealthSource RI

Rhode Island health officials are busy analyzing the potential impacts of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. Proposed funding cuts to Medicaid - the health insurance program for the poor - could mean covering fewer people or reducing payments to health care providers.

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The Pulse: "Baby Court" Aims To Reunite Troubled New Parents With Newborns Faster

New parents get involved in Family Court for different reasons – but usually because the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, or DCYF, believes their newborn is at risk.

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Congressional Budget Office

A report issued Monday by the Congressional Budget Office ran the numbers on the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, called the American Health Care Act. Among the highlights: 14 million Americans could lose coverage next year if the proposal moves forward, and nearly double that 10 years from now. The plan reduces the nation's deficit, but it does so by cutting Medicaid funding and reducing health care subsidies.

The Newport Pell Bridge is slated to receive a $40 million upgrade. State lawmakers and Department of Transportation officials announced plans to replace the bridge’s highway ramps with four roundabouts, Monday.

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What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, March 14:

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stopped by our studio recently to discuss the early months of the Trump administration, including the impact of judicial nominees, the outlook for the GOP healthcare plan, and the next step in examining Russian influence in the US presidential election last year.

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Last Thursday, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management met with Exeter and Richmond town residents to discuss a proposed DEM visitors center near Browning Mill Pond.  The center will sit on land in the Arcadia Management Area, a protected swath of 14,000 acres in western Rhode Island. The project faces opposition from residents of both towns.

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With six councilors absent, the Providence City Council on Monday voted, 9-0, to schedule a May 2 recall election of Ward 3 Councilor Kevin Jackson.

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A group of lawmakers and personnel from the State Department of Corrections is expected to recommend changes in the use of solitary confinement soon. Advocates hope to see the practice abolished. A.T. Wall, the head of Rhode Island’s Department of Corrections, says he hopes to see a reduction in the use of solitary confinement.

“I would like to see that day come, and I recognize that there’s still a lot of work to be done, said Wall. “We’re taking advantage of the newest thinking, which is mostly incentive based, as opposed to punitive for example.”

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is expected to discuss budget cuts to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Monday morning. The senator says cuts to HUD could hurt the Ocean State.

Snow And Rain Blast Northeast; Travel Is Treacherous

Mar 13, 2017
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A wintry mix of rain and snow is falling across Rhode Island. The roads are open, but the RI Dept. of Transportation says there is widespread flooding. The Rhode Island Transit Authority has suspended all service. Most schools are closed, as are state and city offices. 

If you are a college basketball fan in Rhode Island, it doesn’t get much better than the thrills URI provided its long-suffering fans on Sunday. The fourth-seeded Rams stymied a late rally by second-seeded Virginia Commonwealth and won the Atlantic-10 Championship, 70-63, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

As balloons descended from the rafters, Rhody players pulled championship T-shirts over their uniforms, hugged each other and hugged the impressive championship trophy. The real prize, though, was the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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