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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.

Professor David B. Wilkins of Harvard Law School, who will deliver the commencement address, is a leading voice on diversity and change within the legal profession.

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.

For the 2017 tourist season, the ferry will provide more trips with an additional round trip ferry each day and an extended operation season. The season kicks off on Friday, June 16th and runs through Sunday, October 1.

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. (Advance copy of commentary that airs Monday).

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.

De Niro, long one of the nation’s most celebrated performers, received his first Academy Award in 1974 for best supporting actor for his role in `The Godfather Part II’ and six years later won another Oscar for best actor for his role in `Raging Bull.’

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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Boston’s big hospital system –Partners HealthCare—hopes to acquire 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. (Advance copy of commentary that airs Monday).

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The Providence City Council voted in favor of the Community Safety Act in a special meeting, Thursday. With three councilors absent, the vote went 12-0 in favor of the proposal.

RI GOP National Committeeman Steven Frias joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his future, how RI Republicans can be more competitive, whether RI should legalize marijuana, and more.

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Rhode Island's March unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from February, bringing it to 4.3 percent. That's according to the state Department of Labor and Training.

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Just two days after its passage in committee the Providence City Council is set to vote on the Community Safety Act, in a special meeting. 

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In response to news that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island plans to move its customer operations from downtown Providence to East Providence, Providence City Council President Luis Aponte says the move merits attention from councilors.

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Rhode Island Public Radio led the pack at the 29th annual Metcalf Awards for journalistic excellence in reporting matters of diversity in ways that inspire, engage and empower. The awards are organized and presented by Rhode Island for Community & Justice (RIJC).

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The Providence-based hospital organization Care New England has signed a letter of intent to merge with the Boston-based organization Partners HealthCare, Care NE announced Wednesday.

Former Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Dead At 27

Apr 19, 2017
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The former Patriots’ tight end killed himself while in prison for murder. State corrections officials say Hernandez was found just after three this morning hanging by a bed sheet.

St. Mary's Church in Newport

St. Mary’s Church in Newport is getting its prized 60 year old pipe organ back, Wednesday, after months of restoration in Canada.

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