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Rhode Island politics is once again enveloped in the economic rating game. Some national rankings show the state’s economy to be doing well, while others don’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay is skeptical of all the rankings, ratings and lists. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday.)

The CNBC business network recently ranked Rhode Island at 45 out of 50 on its 2018 list of the top states for business. Business Insider's web site put Rhode Island much higher, stating it has the ninth best business climate in the country.

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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. 

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Would you like to see the longest painting in America? You can, starting Saturday July 14th at the Kilburn Mill in New Bedford.

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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."

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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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. 

 

Chaiel Schaffel

Summer is a dangerous time to be homeless. When temperatures top 90 degrees, as they did again on Tuesday, there’s a risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunstroke.

To reduce this risk, outreach workers have been hitting the streets, hoping to convince more people to come inside. One of those workers, Chris Curtin, was out on a recent morning, as he is most weekdays.

Working Outside, Despite The Heat

Jul 10, 2018
Eli Morimoto

Outdoor workers took the heat again Tuesday, as temperatures spiked into the 90s in some parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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A lobster that looks bluer than the sky has been released back in to the ocean after a brief stay at the Newport Lobster Shack. Blue lobsters are rare, but they’re caught more often than you might think. 

According to Maine’s Lobster Institute, only about one in two million lobsters are blue. It’s small number, but  Bob Bayer, Lobster Institute's Executive Directos, said they’re common enough to be seen every year. 

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Two immigrant children are suing the federal government after being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and transported 2,000 miles to Connecticut.

The lawsuits, filed on behalf of a 9-year-old boy from Honduras and a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador, seek immediate release and reunification with their families.

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