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Talia Blake / RIPR

The house from Detroit, which was once home to the brother of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and his family, and where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south will be offered at auction this summer in New York after being saved from demolition and turned into an art piece. 

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An insurance industry group says a car parts bill passed Tuesday by the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee will make the state an outlier and raise costs for consumers. But the sponsor of the measure, state Rep. Ken Marshall (D-Bristol), contends the legislation makes sense and will protect consumers.

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A public advertising campaign aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic is scheduled to begin airing on TV and social media outlets in Rhode Island later this month.

Mike Stultz / RI DEM

After an unusual journey, a family of five piping plovers in Narragansett has made it safely to the beach.

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Rhode Islanders enrolled in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act can now pay their monthly insurance bills at their local CVS Pharmacy.

This I Believe New England: Living After Loss

Jun 13, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Those of us who have been blessed with long-term marriages or partners often wonder what life will be like if we outlive our mate.  Will I ever know happiness again? Can I survive on my own, without those all-too-familiar glances, comforting words, and embraces?  Might life lose its meaning?  Somehow, some way, most people manage to cope.  The gifted writer Anne Lamott put it so beautifully: "You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

State Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that Massachusetts is suing Purdue Pharma on behalf of 670 Massachusetts residents who were prescribed OxyContin, became addicted to opioids, overdosed and died.

Maine Will Issue 'Nonbinary' Gender Driver's Licenses

Jun 13, 2018
Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public Radio

As national pride month picks up steam, members of Maine’s LGBTQ community are celebrating a fresh victory. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer require people getting IDs and driver’s licenses to select only male or female to indicate their gender.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

With a potentially costly legal dispute settled between the state of Rhode Island and a group of nursing homes, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday that he remains concerned about management issues in the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Dancing For A World Record At PVD Fest

Jun 12, 2018

Thousands of people visited downtown Providence this weekend for the city’s annual arts and culture extravaganza: PVD Fest.  And this year, organizers sought to break an obscure world record: largest choreographed group Bachata dance.

The record to beat is 370 dancing couples, set in 2016 in Greece. 

In Providence, participants started gathered downtown Friday evening. Dance instructors from Mambo Pa Ti studio in Providence hyped the crowd up and encouraged passersby to join in.  

Juan Rodriguez

Eileen Sheehan lives only about a couple hundred feet away from the Westport River. Through the windows in her living room, you can see light from the sun twinkling off the water. 

However, Sheehan said these days, it's depressing to look out into the river because of what's been happening to the salt marsh islands. 

Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s new truck toll gantries have barely been live a full day, and already  the Rhode Island Trucking Association says it expects to be part of litigation against new tolls.

John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators are taking aim at a new federal policy that separates children from families crossing into the country illegally. The issue already has sparked protests locally by immigrant and child-welfare advocates.

The policy, announced by the Trump administration in April, seeks criminal prosecution for adults crossing the border illegally. That would involve separating children from the adults

Ian Donnis / RIPR

An advocate for nursing homes is warning of dire effects from the budget passed late Friday by the House Finance Committee.

Virginia Burke, president of the Rhode Island Health Care Association, said the budget includes an 8.5 percent cut for nursing homes, the equivalent of about $30 million.

"To take 8.5 percent away from their revenues, that's going to be devastating," Burke told RIPR. "There will be places that have to close. The places that can keep their doors open will have massive layoffs, they won't be able to pay their vendors."

A New Bedford elementary school is launching a new language program this fall. Fifty kindergarteners at Gomes Elementary School will enter a lottery for the chance to land a spot in the school’s new dual language immersion program.

The selected students will spend half their day learning subjects in English. The other half will be exclusivley in Spanish.

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