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Thousands of admirers of Buddy Cianci streamed to City Hall Saturday and Sunday, during a two-day public wake, to pay their respects to the storied former mayor of Providence.

Rick Simone, a former Cianci aide, estimated that 3,500 people turned out by mid-afternoon Sunday, about the same number that came to see the former mayor lying in respose during six hours on Saturday.

Budget. Truck Tolls. Presidential Politics. It's all going on, 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.

A year after the viral hit, "School Is Closed" a parody video based on the Disney song "Let It Go," the head of the Providence private school, Matt Glendinning is back for another musical snow day announcement.

This time, Glendinning has channeled British pop star Adele, and her mega-hit "Hello" to inform the school community that there is, indeed, a snow day.

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The community college of Rhode Island is partnering with submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat on a new satellite campus in Westerly. The facility will offer typical college classes as well as specialty technical training.

With the new partnership, Electric Boat will offer workforce development classes to its employees in fields including carpentry and pipefitting.  Electric Boat and CCRI will also begin a program for high schoolers, similar to vocational training, which could culminate in a job following graduation.

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Women and Infants Hospital has a new service for patients with serious illness, to help them avoid a stay in the hospital. It's another sign that hospitals are increasingly turning to outpatient services to help patients – and save money.

For the first time ever, the hospital is offering palliative care right in the cancer clinic.  Kate Lally, MD runs the hospital’s palliative care program.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her budget, economic development, and the outlook for improving public education in Rhode Island. For a more in-depth Q+A with Raimondo, listen to our Bonus Q+A.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss her jobs strategy, truck tolls, charter schools, whether RI should legalize marijuana, Hillary Clinton, and more.

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Health care providers are reacting to Governor Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal. Among them – home health care agencies, who say wage increases in the budget aren’t enough. 

  The average starting wage for a home health care worker is about $10.50. Raimondo’s budget calls for a 7 percent increase for home health care workers paid by Medicaid.

But that’s a drop in the bucket according to Nicholas Oliver from the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care. Oliver says his member agencies are having a hard time hanging on to staff.

The debate over Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to use truck tolls to pay for fixing Rhode Island's troubled bridges resumed in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

State DOT director Peter Alviti touted the plan known as RhodeWorks as a way to upgrade bridges, promote safety for drivers, and create jobs.

"As a native Rhode Islander, as a civil engineer, I ask that you approve this plan and allow us to bring the many talents of our Rhode Island workforce to bear in fixing our infrastructure," Alviti said.

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Over the course of three days, a team of experts from around the country helped Providence plan for the impacts of climate change through a grant-funded series of events called ResilientPVD Lab.

At Brown University, the second Monday of October will be known, at least on official campus calendars, as Indigenous People’s Day.

The decision moves the school one step further from the name found on most calendars, Columbus Day. Since 2009, the university has used the term "Fall Holiday Weekend."

This week’s decision is the most recent attempt at Brown to address criticism for a lack of inclusiveness and sensitivity to racial tensions, including contending with its own history in the slave trade.

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Governor Gina Raimondo’s $9 billion budget proposal would increase funding for public schools and give a small bump to colleges and universities.


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A budget proposal is like a map, showing you where an agency wants to invest more money, and where it plans to cut. It reveals an administration’s priorities for the future– and holds them accountable for what they did or didn’t accomplish in the past. I’ll be your tour guide for this year’s health and human services proposal.

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 State officials want to make some changes to the state’s medical marijuana program. Under the governor’s proposed budget, a new tax on marijuana plants would bring in some revenue.

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Governor Gina Raimondo unveiled a $9 billion budget Tuesday night, touting it as a way to grow Rhode Island's economy while making the state more hospitable to business.

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