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A Russian spy ship has been spotted near the U.S. Navy submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.

The ship is in international waters about 30 miles from the Connecticut coast. U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, a Democrat, discussed the sighting on the House floor Wednesday.

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Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday blamed state vendor Deloitte for delivering what she called a defective IT system for administering human service benefits. Raimondo also apologized to Rhode Islanders for ongoing problems with the Unified Health Infrastructure Project system.

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A report on the roll out of the state’s new public benefits program, UHIP, is damning. The message: the problems are worse than we thought.

Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Ochee Spring Quarry in Johnston preserves a record of soapstone bowl-making dating back at least 3,000 years.

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Providence Rep. Aaron Regunberg is taking a cue from protestors using money to oppose Trump policies. On Tuesday, Regunberg introduced a bill that would stop the State Investment Commission from financing companies offering to build President Trump’s border wall.  

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Rhode Island lawmakers reacted Tuesday to the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security advisor. 

It's no secret that life doesn't always unfold the way we'd like.  During our childhoods, most of us imagined a future full of nurture and promise, replete with the hard earned fruits of our labor.  For some, those proverbial dreams come true; alas, for others these youthful hopes and dreams are dashed along the way.  Life happens, and it's not always a pretty picture.  Some how, some way, some of us, like high school student Erin Spitznagel, manage to move past the challenge with remarkable resilience and fortitude.  
 

 

High-Speed Rail Plan Hits A Snag

Feb 14, 2017
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The proposed high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor has hit a bump. After pushback from residents in Connecticut and Rhode Island, the Federal Rail Administration says it’s willing to modify the plan. Residents worry the new route would run right through historic districts.  

Rhode Island ranks last in New England for the amount of venture capital investment in local business. The finding is part of a new report on the state of Rhode Island’s small business climate.

Now that the Patriots have established without a doubt that they are THE dynasty of the Super Bowl era, let’s pause to cheer another New England dynasty, University of Connecticut women’s basketball.

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A state Republican Party complaint filed Tuesday with the state Board of Elections charges that House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's political action committee exceeded limits on campaign contributions last year.

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State Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts resigned from her post Tuesday, just ahead of the latest update on problems with the state $364 million Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP.

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A new bill aims to provide financial relief for cosmetologists who provide natural braiding services. Providence Rep. Anastasia Williams introduced the bill Monday. It would waive licensing requirements for hairdressers who provide the services predominantly sought out by women of color.

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting a flurry of illegal crossing into Canada this past weekend. Officials say Quebec has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in frigid, remote areas west of Lake Champlain, and ending up in Hemmingford and Lacolle.

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Most days, somewhere in New England, the American Red Cross and other blood banks put out the call for donations — and volunteers offer up their veins for the public good.


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