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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes an amendment to repeal the Clean Water Rule. 

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Providence City Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan reintroduced her ordinance Thursday night that encourages shoppers to bring reusable bags.

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Hospital operators seeking permission take over health care facilities in Rhode Island will be required to testify under oath to state regulators under legislation headed to Governor Gina Ramondo for her signature.

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In a boost for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, state Rep. John Lombardi (D-Providence) has decided to seek re-election to his legislative post rather than running for mayor.

Although Lombardi would have been a likely underdog in a fight for City Hall, he placed second in the 2010 Democratic mayoral primary, outpacing the better-funded Steven Costantino -- showing how has strong name recognition and a solid following in Rhode Island's capital city.

What appears to be the last week of the General Assembly is coming in for landing. 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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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's gubernatorial campaign is moving from its controverisal office location at Chapel View in Cranston to a different space in Warwick.

The Carpionato Group, which owns Chapel View and pursues development throughout New England, has received attention for providing office space to Fung and Cranston Democrats without collecting rent. The stories were first reported by WPRI-TV.

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One of the most destructive insect pests of pine trees is expanding its range north. Scientists have found the southern pine beetle in Rhode Island. 

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The future of the Pawtucket Red Sox stadium, and President Donald Trump’s shifting policies on immigration. That’s all part of the conversation this week on Political Roundtable. 

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Rhode Island state Representative Mike Chippendale is one of a small contingent of Republicans in General Assembly. The Foster lawmaker stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss the legislative session and governor’s race.

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Rhode Island's House Finance Committee approved legislation Thursday that would help create a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, although House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello moved to continue the debate on Friday after Rep. Moira Walsh (D-Providence) said she hadn't had adequate time to review the 21-page bill.

Brown University and a group of graduate students seeking to form a union have reached an agreement establishing terms for a possible union representation among graduate students at Brown, the university announced today.

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The Senate leadership introduced a bill (S-2893) Wednesday that would require hospital officials to testify under oath to state regulators assessing hospital takeovers.

The Carpionato Group contributed to the cost of a campaign mailer that supported Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in 2016.

The mailer was paid for by a group called Progress RI, which was chaired by Richard Ferruccio, the president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers. The mailer identifies the "only donors" as Tasca Automotive Group, Carpionato Group and Cardi's Furniture.

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President Donald Trump has revoked a national policy that promotes ocean health. 


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Rhode Island state Rep. Thomas Winfield (D-Smithfield), one of five remaining House members from an unusually large incoming class in 1992, is not seeking re-election.

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