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Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission voted to raise the cost of energy at a public hearing today. 

Last month, National Grid proposed a 53 percent rate increase from 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 9.5 cents. The utility estimates the average residential customer who uses 500 kilowatt hours a month would pay $17.13 more than what they pay now, a 19.2 percent hike. 

How often do you stop to think about how important trust is in your life?  The trust you had as a child that your parents would care for you.  The trust that your spouse, partner, or dear friends would be there for you, even on the bad days. The trust that our political leaders truly have our interests at heart.  We hope, of course, that trust is more than a mere leap of faith.  As Ernest Hemingway said, "The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." Thirteen-year-old Faith Felder seems to have learned just that at a very young age.   


RI Community Present For Counter-protests in Boston

Aug 21, 2017
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Thousands marched through the streets of Boston Saturday afternoon to counter-protest what was being called a “free speech rally.” Members of the Rhode Island community were also present.


About 65 percent of the sun will be covered in Providence when the eclipse takes its maximum effect at 2:47 Monday afternoon.

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Almost 300 members of the Yale class of 1985 have signed a letter asking their former classmate, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to resign. 

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On Monday, people across the country will gather to witness a total solar eclipse.

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R.I.P. Tom Bates

Aug 18, 2017

Update: Services for Tom Bates: Wake, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Street in Providence. Celebration of Life: Hot Club, South Water Street, Providence, Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Tom Bates, the burly, witty and friendly Providence tavern owner and raconteur, who came to Rhode Island’s capital to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and never left, was found dead today at his East Providence home. He was 73.


Democrats and some Republicans criticized President Donald Trump this week, over his response to the events in Charlottesville, but some Trump voters say they still support their president. 

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For the past few months, the Providence avant-rock trio Arc Iris has been touring New England with a concert it calls "Arc Iris Reimagines Joni Mitchell’s 'Blue.' " The show is exactly what it sounds like, with an emphasis on "reimagines." Arc Iris takes great liberties with Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece, unraveling those lovely, corkscrewing melodies and laying them across funky beats and spacey synth licks.

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State Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown), a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from the weekend violence in Charlottesville, the impact of a bigger progressive caucus in the House, and the merits of a proposed hike for electricity customers in the state.

Rhode Island State Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a wide range of legislative issues, including the PawSox, state spending, the return to Rhode Island of Gordon Fox, and much more.

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Former Presidential Candidate Howard Dean predicts that Republicans are unlikely to stop the federal Medicaid reimbursements that help millions of low-income Americans pay for out-of-pocket medical costs.

The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, and Dr. Tom Wiles, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, called today on Rhode Island Christians to join in prayer this weekend to reject the message of the neo-Nazi march on Virginia.


Rhode Island state regulators have granted permission to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island to raise its 2018 rates for individual health insurance plans, on average, by 12 percent.