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Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket announced plans last week to close, citing financial troubles. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that while politicians protest, no one should be surprised at this development. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday).

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Thursday marked the deadline for metro areas across North America to submit bids for Amazon's second headquarters, and Rhode Island enlisted help from some prominent local business leaders and universities for its application.

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Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board is scheduling a public comment meeting in Charlestown to get input about water supply for a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville. 

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Care New England’s chief operating officer said Wednesday that negotiations are on track to sell Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital company to Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts.

The Indian Summer sun fades, the afternoon light will soon dwindle and morning frost is on the pumpkin. Evening chills send us to our closets for the heavier coats we’ll soon need.

Now is also the time to think about those among us who have less. As we ready for the holiday season, the time is nigh to help our less fortunate neighbors by donating to the annual Buy Nothing Coat Exchange, which will be held on the traditional date –Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Christmas holiday shopping blitz.

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Rhode Island State Police and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office say they are reviewing claims of sexual harassment by state Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown).

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Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board decided Tuesday morning during a hearing to exclude from evidence resolutions from 35 cities and towns opposing a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville.


This I Believe New England: Paperbacks

Oct 18, 2017
Scott Indermaur

When Johannes Gutenberg introduced mechanical movable type and the printing press to the world in the fifteen century, he could not have imagined that some 600 years later we would be reading books on digital screens after we've downloaded the tomes using Wi-Fi.  In Gutenberg's day, people had no choice but to turn pages.  Today, we have the option to advance pages electronically, convert text to voice, and conduct instant online word and dictionary searches.

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Woonsocket and East Providence will receive nearly $2.4 million in federal grants to help revitalize local neighborhoods and increase affordable housing. The grants were announced on Sunday by Rhode Island's U.S. senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. 

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A female lawmaker's description of sexual harassment by a more powerful colleague has sparked a change: starting in January, Rhode Island lawmakers and General Assembly staffers will be expected to take part in sexual harassment training.

Lynn Arditi

Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

ONNE VAN DER WAL / Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

The Newport-based tall ship, the Oliver Hazard Perry, is set to be back up and running by Tuesday. The vessel lost power and floated through Newport Harbor Sunday evening, the ship knocked into several other boats moored in the harbor.

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Pawtucket’s nine-member City Council will vote on a resolution Tuesday to support or reject the stadium plan. The vote is non-binding, but even a symbolic rejection of the stadium by hometown councilors in Pawtucket could be a serious obstacle.

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President Donald Trump last week cut off federal subsidies that help to cover the cost of health insurance for low-income patients. The decision is expected to drive up premiums for the middle class.


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Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer is warning that people of color are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


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