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It’s prom season, and romance is in the air. And so is anxiety for adults.

There’s a lot of planning that goes into high school prom night.  But it’s those events students don’t plan for that keep Dr. Beata Nelken up at night.

Nelken, a pediatrician, runs at Central Falls High School’s health center. The clinic's services include testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, birth control and education about sexual health. She also gives her patients "prom bags" filled with condoms. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has overthrown a ban on sports betting. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the pros and cons of allowing states to legalize wagering on sports.

It’s not only churches that have a vested interest in sin. Governments do too. Politicians like nothing better than the taxes they harvest from gambling, drinking and smoking.

The latest quest for more of this money is sports gambling, once the province of organized crime. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed states to get into the sports betting business, some pols see a new pot of gold.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has approved the cuts in state retiree pensions approved by the General Assembly seven years ago, in a decision released today.

The court ruled against a group of more than 100 retired public employees who took their legal case to the state’s highest court in their battle to overturn the changes designed to save taxpayers about $4 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

Film buffs only have a few days left to catch a flick at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. After more than 40 years of screening independent and foreign films, the cinema will close its doors Sunday, May 27th. 

More Sandy Hook Families Sue Infowars' Alex Jones

May 25, 2018
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Right-wing talk show host Alex Jones is facing another defamation lawsuit from families of victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting. Jones has claimed the shootings were faked.

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Vice President Mike Pence told graduating cadets at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London that the administration intends to continue to invest in the service.

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Rhode Island State Police said they believe they’ve carried out the single largest takedown in their history. Police Colonel Ann Assumpico, at a press conference Wednesday, announced the arrests of 49 people and the seizure of more than 53 illegal guns, and quantities of heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana.

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The Rhode Island Senate postponed a scheduled vote Wednesday night on a bill that would mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases, following an appeal from the medical community.

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The house where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south won’t remian in Providence, as some might have hoped. After a one-month display, the Rosa Parks House Project will be packing up June 3rd. 

Rhode Island’s largest state employee union, Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has ratified a three-year contract with Gov. Gina Raimond's Administration that provides pay raises of 7.5 percent over the life of the agreement.

J. Michael Downey, president of Council 94, said the final vote was an overwhelming 1,624 to 439. The raises area retroactive to January, 2018, he said.

The union represents almost 4,000 state workers. The contract also calls for changes in health insurance benefits that are expected to save money.

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Care New England announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement for a takeover of Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital network by Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

 

The deal, if approved by federal and state regulators, would mark a giant shift in Rhode Island’s healthcare market, granting Massachusetts’ largest health system huge influence -- and pricing power -- over Rhode Island’s health system.

 


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Rhode Island health clinics would be prohibited from providing abortion services or referrals if they receive federal Title X funds, under the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the family-planning program.

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Commercial fishing companies are against proposed changes to the Atlantic herring fishery management plan.

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AAA anticipates millions of drivers on the road this Memorial Weekend, and rising gas prices are not expected to deter travelers.

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Dozens of medical professionals and community groups are asking the Rhode Island Senate to delay a scheduled vote Wednesday on a bill to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

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