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The latest Republican assault on Obamacare has failed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to resurrect some ideas with roots in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday).

So much for the master deal makers in Washington. Even though they control the Congress and White House, President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers don’t seem to be able to address the gnawing issue of health care.

A group of more than 20 Rhode Island religious and community groups are calling on the General Assembly to return to the Statehouse to approve a state budget for the fiscal year than began July 1 and approve legislation to limit access to guns for domestic  abusers, grant earned sick time to workers and adopt other measures.

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The latest Rhode Island unemployment data shows anemic job growth, with the unemployment rate inching up to 4.2 percent, which is slightly less than the national rate of 4.4 percent.

Rhode Island-based jobs were up just 200 in June, a drop from  900 jobs gained during the average month in 2017, according to data from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

Educational services posted the largest gain in June with 800 new jobs. But the retail trade sector reported a decline of 600 jobs in June.

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Not all legislation on Gov. Gina Raimondo’s desk received her signature. Here’s a brief rundown of what Raimondo vetoed, signed, or allowed to go into law without her John Hancock.

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Behind every great pianist, is a page-turner. And at the Newport Music Festival – which turns 50 next year – that page-turner is Elmer Booze.

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A resolution calling for an independent investigation into the handling of sexual abuse allegations at Henry Kizirian Elementary School moved forward in the Providence City Council Monday.

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A recent report from Audubon Society of Rhode Island, a wildlife conservation organization, recorded the highest number of osprey fledglings throughout the state since monitoring of the species began in 1977.


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The Rhode Island budget stalemate that flared on June 30 may be approaching an end.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio now supports bringing back senators to vote on the budget as soon as next week, according to spokesman Peter Capineri. "The president is going to start talking to members today to find out when they’re available," Capineri said via email Wednesday. "I do not believe any decision will be made today."

It appears the Senate would vote on the House version of the budget.

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The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles reported no major technical issues Tuesday, as all of its branches operated under a new computer system for the first time.

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As states grapple with rising opioid abuse, needles left in parks and city sidewalks are becoming a bigger problem.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Recovering from Stroke

Jul 18, 2017

All of us know, at least in an abstract sort of way, that our life's trajectory can change in a moment.  We march along with a compelling mix of poignant and prosaic experiences and challenges, perhaps with a false sense of security that what we have planned for the near and long term will, indeed, come to fruition.  Alas, as so many of us discover, the best laid plans can be dashed in a heartbeat.  The accident no one saw coming.  The job that ends abruptly.  The relationship that sours because of one impertinent, poorly timed comment.  Or the harrowing medical crisis.

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Frontier Airlines is adding more connections for its flights to and from T.F. Green Airport.

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Governor Gina Raimondo's approval rating stands at 43 percent -- four points less than her 47 percent disapproval rating, according to the latest survey of the nation's governors by the Washington, D.C., firm Morning Consult.

It takes months to organize high-profile summer concerts like the Newport Folk Festival, but these days, you can start your own impromptu Folk Fest with little more than an idea and a five-day Kickstarter campaign.

At least, that’s how organizers launched the Fox Point Folk Festival last weekend. They took over a block of Wickenden Street with music, hammocks, and even a giant Jenga block tower. 

COURTESY RYAN MCDEVITT

For many scientists, turning the results of their research into tools, products or patents means navigating the challenging — and often foreign — world of business. However, a "Shark Tank"-like effort at the University of Vermont that connects research scientists with industry leaders may offer a solution.


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