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Deepwater Wind and Vineyard Wind, clean energy developers based in southern New England, were selected today to build large-scale wind farms in federal waters off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

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 Administratyion 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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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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If you face foreclosure in Rhode Island, you’re guaranteed a sit-down with your bank, to try and mediate a deal. But that guarantee is set to expire in July.

That has housing advocates and local leaders concerned that foreclosures will once again blight neighborhoods with abandoned properties. They’re pushing legislation that would extend the program, until at least 2023.     

Adopted in 2013, after the housing crisis, some 700 homeowners have avoided foreclosure as a result of these mediation session, according to Barbara Fields, director of Rhode Island Housing.  

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Over the first weekend in April, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 20 people for entering the country illegally in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.

Helping people cross the border illegally — or human smuggling — is something people take for granted on the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico. But it's also part of life on the northern border: Human smugglers and law enforcement are playing a cat-and-mouse game on the Vermont border.

Ciccolo Gets 20 Years For Planned Terrorist Attack

May 22, 2018
Department of Justice

A western Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to plotting a domestic terrorist attack. The 2015 plot never came to fruition. However, 25-year-old Alexander Ciccolo could've faced up to life in prison.

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On Tuesday, a clean water advocate will announce his plans to swim the entire length of Narragansett Bay. Christopher Swain will swim from Point Judith to Providence over the course of 2 weeks, in an effort to celebrate and protect the bay. His plan is to spend 2 to 6 hours a day in the water.

Donald J. Farish, who as president of Roger Williams University since 2011 has been credited with expanding programs and redefining the school for the 21st Century, plans to retire in June 2019 when his contract expires, the university’s Board of Trustees announced today.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition of “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance, 1850 to 1970.”

Gorham, an iconic Rhode Island company, projected uniquely American design  on the world stage. This exhibition casts a new light on the golden era of the Providence-based firm that was first established in 1831.

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Tax incentives approved Monday by the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. board -- including a previously announced agreement with submarine maker Electric Boat -- will create 2,000 jobs and about 1,000 more construction jobs, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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Environmentalists and green energy companies in Rhode Island are at odds over a bill that could advance the development of biomass power plants in the state. 


For our "20 Years of Sound + Vision" event, RIPR CEO Torey Malatia talked with a few of the artists who performed or presented their work during our 2-day event.

Storyteller Len Cabral was the curator for our event and served as MC on Saturday night.

Rose Weaver was the headlining performer on Saturday night with her Honeysuckle Rose Band.

India Association of Rhode Island performed classical Indian dance as well as contemporary dance styles inspired by Bollywood. Rupa Datta and Ratuja Patil represented the association.

Department of Justice

An Adams, Massachusetts, man accused of plotting a terrorist attack plans to plead guilty on at least some charges. Alexander Ciccolo's trial had been scheduled to begin June 19.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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After two weeks at Fort Adams State Park, boat crews in the Volvo Ocean Race will embark Sunday on the ninth leg of the race. The around-the-world sailing challenge is nearing a finish in June in the Netherlands.


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