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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner unveiled a plan Thursday that moves millions of dollars in state deposits to local financial institutions. The "Bank Local" initiative was applauded by Ocean State banks, credit unions, and small business owners during the Statehouse announcement. 

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In the latest Invenergy news, motions to dismiss the company’s Burrillville power plant application were denied by the Energy Facility Siting Board Thursday. The Town of Burrillville and the Conservation Law Foundation filed the motions when the question of who would provide Invenergy with a water supply was still up in the air.

State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss financial regulation, the outlook for Providence pension, the heavy unfunded liabilities for municipalities' retiree health care, and other issues.

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State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from the UHIP controversy; the next move on the state pension fund's expected rate of return; and how RI Democrats are responding to President Trump.

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A swastika was discovered Thursday morning spray-painted on a dumpster in front of a YMCA in Providence. Staff say they removed the anti-Semitic symbol shortly after its discovery.

In a statement, Greater Providence YMCA CEO Steven O'Donnell called it "an unfortunate, and hopefully isolated, incident."

O'Donnell said the graffiti was reported to Providence Police. 

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The bills are part of an effort to boost mental illness prevention and access to treatment. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a series of hearings last fall on the state of Rhode Island's mental health system. Lawmakers produced a report with several recommendations based on hours of testimony from health care providers, patients, and advocates.

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Online health insurance marketplaces like Rhode Island’s HealthSource RI are a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 30,000 Rhode Islanders buy health insurance plans through the exchange, and most receive some kind of federal subsidy to help pay for those plans. But Obamacare is under fire, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about these marketplaces. 


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Rhode Islanders who’ve served on jury duty may have noticed the $15 a day pay rate. Central Falls Sen. Elizabeth Crowley hopes to change that.

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An additional 100 full-time jobs are expected in the Ocean State by 2018. United Natural Foods Inc. announced their expansion plans, Wednesday.

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Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that reverses an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.

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To win a James Beard Award means having made it to the upper echelons of the restaurant industry. Often compared to the likes of the Oscars, the awards can put chefs- and the cities their restaurants are in- on the culinary map. This year, two Providence restauranteurs are James Beard semifinalists in the Best Chef Northeast category.

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Problems with the state’s new online public assistance system, UHIP, are much more significant than anyone realized. 

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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.

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