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The latest Rhode Island unemployment data shows anemic job growth, with the unemployment rate inching up to 4.2 percent, which is slightly less than the national rate of 4.4 percent.

Rhode Island-based jobs were up just 200 in June, a drop from  900 jobs gained during the average month in 2017, according to data from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

Educational services posted the largest gain in June with 800 new jobs. But the retail trade sector reported a decline of 600 jobs in June.

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A resolution calling for an independent investigation into the handling of sexual abuse allegations at Henry Kizirian Elementary School moved forward in the Providence City Council Monday.

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The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles reported no major technical issues Tuesday, as all of its branches operated under a new computer system for the first time.

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As states grapple with rising opioid abuse, needles left in parks and city sidewalks are becoming a bigger problem.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Recovering from Stroke

Jul 18, 2017

All of us know, at least in an abstract sort of way, that our life's trajectory can change in a moment.  We march along with a compelling mix of poignant and prosaic experiences and challenges, perhaps with a false sense of security that what we have planned for the near and long term will, indeed, come to fruition.  Alas, as so many of us discover, the best laid plans can be dashed in a heartbeat.  The accident no one saw coming.  The job that ends abruptly.  The relationship that sours because of one impertinent, poorly timed comment.  Or the harrowing medical crisis.

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Governor Gina Raimondo's approval rating stands at 43 percent -- four points less than her 47 percent disapproval rating, according to the latest survey of the nation's governors by the Washington, D.C., firm Morning Consult.

It takes months to organize high-profile summer concerts like the Newport Folk Festival, but these days, you can start your own impromptu Folk Fest with little more than an idea and a five-day Kickstarter campaign.

At least, that’s how organizers launched the Fox Point Folk Festival last weekend. They took over a block of Wickenden Street with music, hammocks, and even a giant Jenga block tower. 

COURTESY RYAN MCDEVITT

For many scientists, turning the results of their research into tools, products or patents means navigating the challenging — and often foreign — world of business. However, a "Shark Tank"-like effort at the University of Vermont that connects research scientists with industry leaders may offer a solution.


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Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management has detected the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in mosquitoes slightly earlier than usual.


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Immigrants across the country are experiencing changes in the way the federal government enforces immigration law under the Trump administration. In New England, some immigrants lacking documentation have been detained even though they have no criminal background. 

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Climate Action RI, an environmental advocacy coalition, held a rally Saturday outside of the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.


So much for July being a slow news month. We've got the budget impasse, governors from around the U.S., and even the Sox cutting ties with Pedro Sandoval. So thanks for welcoming back your humble correspondent. As usual, you're welcome to share your tips and comments, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The National Governor’s Conference brought leaders from around the world to Providence to discuss such topics as trade, climate change and the opioid crisis. RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay says this was a sharp contrast with Rhode Island, where lawmakers can’t even figure out how to approve a state budget. 

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At the National Governors Association meeting this week, health care is a major topic of discussion among state leaders. The NGA’s summer meeting convened as the Senate GOP unveiled its latest version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The art scene in Newport is known for maritime seascapes and portraits of the city’s Gilded Age wealth. But recently, an influx of challenging contemporary art has popped up in the City by the Sea.

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