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CVS Health is the latest company to fend off charges of racism.

 

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, in a blistering attack on President Donald Trump, called the president’s handling of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, “disgraceful.”

Said Reed, “At times, Trump sounded more like Putin’s press agent than president of the United States. Some of his comments could have come straight from a Russian disinformation operation. The propaganda, dissembling and denials fit right into Russia’s hybrid operations against us.”

The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women has announced endorsements for RI legislative campaigns. The women’s rights organization says in a news release that the endorsements reflect five primary goals: advancing abortion rights; promoting economic justice; ending violence against women, securing LGBTQ rights and ending racism.

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The union representing nurses and other workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital has announced plans to strike in 10 days -- on July 23rd -- after its members rejected a three-year contract offer. 

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Speaking at the U.S. District Court in Concord on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a surge in federal enforcement efforts around synthetic opioids.

Sessions said he's sending an additional prosecutor to ten districts across the country that've been hardest hit by the opioid crisis. New Hampshire is one of them. 

"Our goal is to reduce crime, reduce fentanyl, reduce deaths in this country," Sessions said. "We are not going to stand by while deaths continue to go up."

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John Marion, executive director of the good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable to discuss an SEC probe with a Rhode Island link, the recent General Assembly session, and fallout from recent endorsement controveries.

Common Cause of RI head John Marion joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court, how to make RI elections more competitive, what he's watching on campaign finance issues, and much more.

RI Expands Medicaid Coverage For Hepatitis C

Jul 12, 2018
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Rhode Island’s health insurance program for the poor is expanding treatment for people living with hepatitis C.

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Brown University will no longer require the SAT essay or ACT writing sections from incoming applicants. The ivy league university believes the standardized test sections were a barrier to low-income students. 

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Attorneys for two children detained in Connecticut after being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border have asked a judge to order that they be reunited with their families immediately. Dozens of people rallied outside a district courthouse in Bridgeport today in support of the children.

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As Rhode Island’s health insurance commissioner, Marie Ganim knows a lot about health plans. So when she started to get calls from telemarketers hawking a new type of short-term health insurance, she decided to play along.

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has imposed a $100,000 fine on a California investment company for violating pay to play rules meant to prevent political contributions from influencing investment decisions. An executive with the company, Oaktree Capital Management, made a $1,000 contribution to Gina Raimondo when she was running for governor in 2014, but it was refunded a few weeks later.

July Fourth has come and gone, and the Red Sox and PawSox are on my mind.

The Red Sox returned to Fenway Park Monday night after a 7-2 road trip and shut out the Texas Rangers, 5-0, on Steve Pearce’s two-run homer in the first inning, his first at-bat at Fenway Park in a Red Sox uniform, and J.D. Martinez’s three-run shot in the eighth. Eduardo Rodriguez didn’t get out of the sixth inning because of the pitch count but still won his 11thgame against 3 losses. Four relievers preserved the victory, the shutout Boston’s league-leading ninth of the season.

President Donald Trump’s pick for the soon-to-be vacated U.S. Supreme Court seat is drawing criticism from members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation.

Trump announced D.C. judge Brett Kavanaugh could replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh, will likely be the reliable conservative that some have hoped for, and others have feared said Peter Margulies, a lawyer and professor at the Roger Williams University law school.

This I Believe New England: Diversity

Jul 10, 2018
Scott Indermaur

What is it that draws so many of us to the Ocean State and keeps us here, even when opportunities elsewhere beckon?  In a word, community.  Somehow Rhode Island’s intimate and quirky scale, its mix of neighborhood and neighborhood characters – even with their sometimes rough edges – manage to pull us in and get ahold of us, a bit like flypaper.  For so many of us, Rhode Island’s complex richness seeps into our bones and, even with all its challenges, becomes part of who we are.  And that’s just what we hear from Karen Lee Ziner. 

 

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