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Without a state budget in place, Connecticut is operating under executive order. Governor Dannel Malloy has outlined cuts to get state finances in line. Among them are funds for local libraries.

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Invenergy, the company that wants to build a controversial, natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville, is pushing back the plant's start date by at least a year. 


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The Ocean State has received its highest ever rank— 45 out of 50-- in an annual business scorecard put out by CNBC. The list ranks states for business friendliness measuring overall economic climate.

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Rhode Island will not provide the federal government with any voter roll information, following a White House email calling for a pause in the collection of data.

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Whale conservationists and the sports organization U.S. Sailing are partnering to help to prevent sailboat collisions with whales. The new program trains sailors to safely navigating whale habitats.

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Experts have predicted a higher than usual number of ticks this year. That could mean increased risk of Lyme disease, but not all ticks carry the infection. If you’ve found a tick recently, the University of Rhode Island has an easy way to identify it, and determine whether it might be dangerous. 

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Bats eat an enormous amount of bugs. It’s the kind of feeding that keeps pests down and agriculture stable. But a newly updated report from the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality says the cave-dwelling bat population is down, and that’s a reason for concern.

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Update at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday: Iranian cancer researcher Dr. Sayed Mohsen Dehnavi and his family were put on a flight back to Iran Tuesday night, per U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Boston Children's Hospital.

Every life has its share of stumbles and false starts.  The dashed dreams.  Accidents.  Faltering relationships. Health crises.  The enduring challenge for all of us, it seems, is to do our best to cope with adversity when it rears its unbidden head. 

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A brief list of bills from the 2017 General Assembly session that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed so far:

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Providence holds a primary Wednesday in a special election for the City Council seat vacated by Kevin Jackson.

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Rhode Island's budget standoff shows no signs of being resolved by the state's feuding legislative leaders, and it's threatening to affect state aid to local school districts. 

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Remember Rhode Island’s disastrous deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling? The state invested $75 million of taxpayer dollars in Schilling’s video game company 38 Studios and lost it all before a lawsuit clawed back most of the money. It was one of the worst financial decisions in Rhode Island history. Yet the company that served as the state’s financial adviser on the deal has continued doing business throughout the state.

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Gallison was sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to nine different counts, including mail and wire fraud, filing false tax returns and identity theft. All those charges added up to 51 months of prison time for the one-time leader of the powerful Rhode Island House Finance Committee.

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The Rhode Island Departments of Health and Environmental Management are advising residents avoid bodies of water where blue-green algae blooms have been found.

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