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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has won election as vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association.  Washington Governor Jay Inslee was voted chairman of the 15-member Democratic governors group.

Connecticut Takes A Look At Aetna's New Future

Dec 5, 2017
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Connecticut is calculating the potential impact of the new mega-merger announced by health insurer Aetna and pharmacy chain CVS. 

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Rhode Island-based pharmacy chain CVS is set to acquire the health insurance provider Aetna for $69 billion. The boards of both companies have voted to approve the deal, which still needs approval from federal regulators. The merger raises questions about the future of the two companies, as well as the future of healthcare in America. 

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The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and state Auditor General Dennis Hoyle have offered qualified support for the debt service obligations of a proposed new stadium in downtown Pawtucket, according to documents released by the state Senate Monday.

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On a cold November evening, Bishop Bruce Shaw led a prayer.

"All this violence is going on, but we know you’re the answer, Lord, Jesus. That you can curb some of this," Shaw said in front of the approximately 50 people gathered at the Centro Cristiano Nacion De Jesus church in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The Community College of Rhode Island has been in talks with India-based tech company Infosys for months about a training partnership. The talks were part of the negotiation that brought a new Infosys design hub to Providence.

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Boston is close to banning plastic bags after a unanimous city council vote Wednesday. Several Rhode Island municipalities have also banned the bags, but some advocates make the case for a statewide ban.


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Rhode Island officials recently released a report with recommendations on how to modernize the state’s electrical grid. 


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CVS Health has reportedly agreed to buy Aetna, the nation’s third-largest health insurer for $69-billion.

CVS is a lot more than a pharmacy. The Woonsocket-based company operates a giant retail chain – including 69 Rhode Island stores that sell everything from shampoo to potato chips. 

Connecticut lawmakers may head back to the state Capitol for yet another special session before the end of the year. The issue, once again, is the state budget.

There's barely a month left in 2017, meaning we're on the brink of what promises to be a dynamic election year in Rhode Island. 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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Thursday, President Donald Trump participated in a venerable ceremony than harkens back to the Calvin Coolidge Administration in the 1920s – the annual lighting of the national Christmas Tree.

At a speech in Missouri Wednesday, the president opened his remarks by saying, “I told you we would be saying Merry Christmas, again right?”

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The Internet has revolutionized communications in the 21st Century. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this open communication system is threatened by a move in Washington, D.C., to remove Internet neutrality. (Advance copy of commentary that airs Monday).


Garrison Keillor's Connecticut Performance Canceled

Dec 1, 2017
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Thursday’s show by Garrison Keillor at the Warner Theatre in Connecticut was canceled, just hours before it was due to go ahead.

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Bristol County, Massachusetts, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his approach to corrections and President Trump's performance in the White House.

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