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DEM Hosting Free Events During Feb. Vacation

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Students across the state have the week off, and the state’s Department of Environmental Management is promoting healthy living through a series of free events.

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Monday marks the 14th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire, one of the deadliest fires in U.S. history. Survivors of the fire gathered Monday morning at the West Warwick site of the club to commemorate the tragedy. They also celebrated the near-completion of a memorial for those who perished in the fire.

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The Partnership for Rhode Island, the new nonprofit with a stated goal of boosting economic development in the state, has hired New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign finance director, Tom Giordano, as its executive director, RIPR has learned.

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The days are getting longer. The General Assembly is back. And yes, the pols have been cooperating – from the White House to the State House –with the usual shenanigans.

The last Friday in February is fast approaching. Rhode Island political junkies know what that means – as the song trills – It’s Follies Time at the Veeeenusss  DeeMilo, the Veeenus….

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced he will vote against Scott Pruitt for head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The announcement comes as the Senate is scheduled to vote on Pruitt's nomination Friday.

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Speaking to a Russian media outlet this week, former Governor Lincoln Chafee praised President Donald Trump for trying to forge closer ties with Russia.

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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner unveiled a plan Thursday that moves millions of dollars in state deposits to local financial institutions. The "Bank Local" initiative was applauded by Ocean State banks, credit unions, and small business owners during the Statehouse announcement. 

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In the latest Invenergy news, motions to dismiss the company’s Burrillville power plant application were denied by the Energy Facility Siting Board Thursday. The Town of Burrillville and the Conservation Law Foundation filed the motions when the question of who would provide Invenergy with a water supply was still up in the air.

State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss financial regulation, the outlook for Providence pension, the heavy unfunded liabilities for municipalities' retiree health care, and other issues.

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State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from the UHIP controversy; the next move on the state pension fund's expected rate of return; and how RI Democrats are responding to President Trump.

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A swastika was discovered Thursday morning spray-painted on a dumpster in front of a YMCA in Providence. Staff say they removed the anti-Semitic symbol shortly after its discovery.

In a statement, Greater Providence YMCA CEO Steven O'Donnell called it "an unfortunate, and hopefully isolated, incident."

O'Donnell said the graffiti was reported to Providence Police. 

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The bills are part of an effort to boost mental illness prevention and access to treatment. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a series of hearings last fall on the state of Rhode Island's mental health system. Lawmakers produced a report with several recommendations based on hours of testimony from health care providers, patients, and advocates.

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Online health insurance marketplaces like Rhode Island’s HealthSource RI are a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 30,000 Rhode Islanders buy health insurance plans through the exchange, and most receive some kind of federal subsidy to help pay for those plans. But Obamacare is under fire, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about these marketplaces. 


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Rhode Islanders who’ve served on jury duty may have noticed the $15 a day pay rate. Central Falls Sen. Elizabeth Crowley hopes to change that.

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