Marvin Abney, chairman of the House Finance Committee, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the PawSox; the state budget process; whether RI spends too much money; future development in Newport; and much more.

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Officials in the state’s Department of Human Services are reporting some progress with its online public assistance system known as UHIP.

Last year, the troubled rollout of the system caused a total backlog of almost 14,000 applications for benefits like food stamps. This March, that total dropped to 10,579.

Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner says the state's pension fund saw a March return of three-quarters of a percent – earning over $58 million. The return comes in spite of a relatively flat U.S. stock performance.

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Rhode Island’s total revenue is off the mark by $43 million, or a bit less than 2 percent, for the first nine months of fiscal 2017. 

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Rhode Island is seeing a high level of trash mixed in with its recycling.

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That’s about a two percent increase overall from the current year budget. 

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Care New England, one of the largest hospital chains in Rhode Island, is announcing a series of layoffs as it continues to deal with ongoing financial problems. Layoffs will affect “clinical and non-clinical, union and non-union” workers, officials said in a statement.

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The towns of Richmond and Exeter are suing the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management over its planned welcome center near Browning Mill Pond.


After meeting with U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions Tuesday, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says the city risks almost none of its federal funding.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza unveils the city’s latest budget proposal Wednesday, and it comes as the city continues to face deep financial challenges.


The Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island has launched the state Shellfish Management Initiative as shellfish continue to be a growing area in the state’s fishing industry.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo says thousands of new jobs have been added to Rhode Island’s clean energy sector.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Truth

Apr 25, 2017

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. 

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In a Superior Court filing, Governor Gina Raimondo's office responds to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s arguments that the grand jury documents in the 38 Studios case should remain confidential.

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.