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Ed Hughes

Birders may catch a glimpse of more snowy owls this winter, as more than a dozen have already been spotted throughout Rhode Island since Thanksgiving. Typically, only a few snowy owls are seen throughout the state this time of year. 

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Snow is on the way! After a days-long warm spell, with temperatures in the mid-fifties, the weather is set to dip below freezing this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory with about three to six inches of snow expected to accumulate. Some areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts could see as much as seven to eight inches.

Forecasters predict snowfall will likely begin early Saturday morning and last into Sunday across almost all of Southern New England, excluding Cape Cod.

The holiday season is in full swing.  The Christmas lights are up, the eggnog is in the fridge and the TV Pundits are talking about the “War on Christmas.” RIPR  political analyst Scott MacKay says they couldn’t be more wrong.  (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday, Dec. 11th).

Starting next year, the Ivy League school won’t include loans as part of student aid packages. Instead of asking students to take out loans for uncovered costs, students will be offered a scholarship, which they won’t have to pay back.

Mass. Hit With Early Flu Season

Dec 7, 2017
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It's just the start of the flu season, but the virus has already spread widely across Massachusetts, according to state epidemiologists who track and report the flu to the Centers for Disease Control. 

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The state commission set up to study the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana met again Wednesday. The panel heard from representatives from states which have already implemented recreational marijuana.

Amid a rising chorus of calls Wednesday for U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota to resign, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Franken should step down.

Brown Reports Four Students Contracted Mumps

Dec 5, 2017
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Four Brown University students have contracted the mumps, the latest in a series of outbreaks on college campuses across the country.

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Sometimes, too often perhaps, it seems impossible to absorb the steady diet of toxic news stories and headlines: mass shootings, deadly hurricanes, horrific droughts, massive wildfires, out-of-control pandemics, and hundred-year floods.  For some of us, it may be tempting to keep the news at bay and retreat into our respective cocoons, out of harm's way – or so we would like to believe.  But don't all of us yearn to keep hope alive somehow, even in the face of what may seem to be daunting odds?

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George Blessing, a staff psychologist at Cranston High School West, is accused of failing to report allegations to child welfare authorities of, “sexual abuse of a child in an educational program.” Blessing is the first person to face charges under Rhode Island’s newly amended child abuse reporting law. A hearing on a motion to dismiss the trial, as well as the potential start of the trial itself had to be postponed, after the prosecutor from the Attorney General's office fell ill. The trial has been rescheduled for early January.

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CVS Health’s chief executive says the Woonsocket-based company’s $69 billion bid to acquire health insurer Aetna will be good for consumers – and Rhode Island’s governor seems to agree.

But health industry experts say there are reasons to be skeptical.

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Former state Rep. Joe Trillo, a one-time national committeeman for the Rhode Island Republican Party, scrambled the Ocean State's 2018 field for governor by announcing Tuesday that he will run as an independent.

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Longtime Rhode Island fundraiser Dee Dee Witman has signed on to help Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung with his fundraising.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has won election as vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association.  Washington Governor Jay Inslee was voted chairman of the 15-member Democratic governors group.

Connecticut Takes A Look At Aetna's New Future

Dec 5, 2017
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Connecticut is calculating the potential impact of the new mega-merger announced by health insurer Aetna and pharmacy chain CVS. 

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