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It sounds a little too much like an essay question on a college application: "Please identify a book that has changed your life. Discuss." The truth is, most of us can identify a book that has changed our lives in profound ways.  Perhaps it was a book that inspired, or one that provided solace and refuge during difficult moments.  Whatever the case, books have the power to transform, and that's certainly the case for Jan Keough, as we hear in this encore essay.

Rhode Island’s chief medical officer in the behavioral health department, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for a position in the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

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General Treasurer Seth Magaziner says he is voting against all sitting Wells Fargo independent directors, Tuesday, joining shareholders across the country in a move to fire most of the bank’s board.

As drug overdose deaths continue to rise in Rhode Island, the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals has been awarded $2.1 million in federal grants to fight opioid addiction.

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The Rhode Island Senate is considering a bill that would give Veteran owned companies a small boost when seeking state contracts.

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The enforcement of a usage tax on kegs is posing a concern for the local beer brewers in Rhode Island. Brewers hope to address the issue in a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee, Tuesday.

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  Each year billions of pounds of food go to waste.

That means billions of dollars, too. The Environmental Protection Agency says more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other one material in our trash.

Tax Day is behind us, and the final stretch of the legislative session is looming. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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A path breaking Harvard University Law School professor and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will keynote the 2017 Commencement exercises at Roger Williams Law School on May 19th at 1 p.m. at the RWU Athletic Field on the Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road.

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The Providence to Newport Ferry is coming back with increased service this summer.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the state Department of Transportation announced today the return of the ferry service, which drew thousands last summer.

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Boston’s big hospital system –Partners HealthCare—is acquiring Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital chain. 

RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this deal raises many questions about the quality and price of health care in the Ocean State.

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Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro and five others will receive honorary degrees at Brown University’s 249th Commencement on Sunday, May 28th in Providence.

The Providence-based arts nonprofit New Urban Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend. The organization is a community art studio which provides free fine arts and music instruction to Providence students.

Executive director Dan Schleifer said since its founding in 1997, some 3,000 city students have taken part in the organization. He said some of those students have gone on to careers in the arts.

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In Newport, volunteers are gathering on the city’s Cliff Walk to clean up the tourist attraction and the ocean access points near it. The event is organized by the Aquidneck Island-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Access.

Clean Ocean Access director Dave McLaughlin says the group has collected some 50 tons of trash during area beach cleanups over the last decade.

That’s according to a new report released by the state Treasurer’s office this week. State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and the Public Finance Management Board published the Debt Affordability Study, a deep dive into the state of borrowing in Rhode Island.

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