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More Sandy Hook Families Sue Infowars' Alex Jones

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Right-wing talk show host Alex Jones is facing another defamation lawsuit from families of victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting. Jones has claimed the shootings were faked.

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Vice President Mike Pence told graduating cadets at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London that the administration intends to continue to invest in the service.

Rhode Island State Police

Rhode Island State Police said they believe they’ve carried out the single largest takedown in their history. Police Colonel Ann Assumpico, at a press conference Wednesday, announced the arrests of 49 people and the seizure of more than 53 illegal guns, and quantities of heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana.

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The Rhode Island Senate postponed a scheduled vote Wednesday night on a bill that would mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases, following an appeal from the medical community.

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The house where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south won’t remian in Providence, as some might have hoped. After a one-month display, the Rosa Parks House Project will be packing up June 3rd. 

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 Administration 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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Care New England announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement for a takeover of Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital network by Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

 

The deal, if approved by federal and state regulators, would mark a giant shift in Rhode Island’s healthcare market, granting Massachusetts’ largest health system huge influence -- and pricing power -- over Rhode Island’s health system.

 


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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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Commercial fishing companies are against proposed changes to the Atlantic herring fishery management plan.

AAA Northeast

AAA anticipates millions of drivers on the road this Memorial Weekend, and rising gas prices are not expected to deter travelers.

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Dozens of medical professionals and community groups are asking the Rhode Island Senate to delay a scheduled vote Wednesday on a bill to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

This I Believe New England: Searching for Roots

May 22, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you've noticed the proliferation of companies that offer us the opportunity to trace our genealogical roots. This burgeoning phenomenon seems to tap into a fundamental wish that so many of us have to understand our ethnic, racial, religious, and geographical origins. 

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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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