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Rhode Island’s economy keeps chugging along, with an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in May, which means the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment was below the national rate of 4.3 percent.

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Update: A judge found Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Friday. Her sentencing was scheduled for August.

The fate of Michelle Carter, the woman accused of urging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages, is in the hands of a juvenile court judge. Carter was 17 when her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, III, ended his life. She has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, even though she was not physically present when he died.

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The credit rating for Massachusetts is now on par with most New England states, after a major credit rating agency downgraded the state's bonds.

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The Providence City Council is expected to vote on the new city budget tonight. The $376 million proposal includes an increase in spending for the city’s schools.

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  Some residents of the Western Massachusetts hilltowns are so frustrated that their congressman doesn't come visit, they've taken out a "missing persons" ad in a local newspaper.

A progressive activist group called Indivisible Williamsburg raised money online to take out the tongue-in-cheek ad in the Daily Hampshire Gazette -- a photo of U.S. Representative Richie Neal above the words, "Has anyone seen this man?"

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The lawyer for a disgraced former legislator is calling for a three-year prison sentence, that’s slightly less than the high end of federal sentencing guidelines for the case.

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Providence city councilors will soon vote on a new budget that would increase spending on public schools for the first time in seven years. The district wants to use some of that money to improve its struggling middle schools.

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There’s a new tool in the fight against drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island. Publicly available boxes containing naloxone, an anti-overdose drug, have been installed in various social service agencies in Providence.

Dr. Geoff Capraro, a physician at Rhode Island Hospital, helped design the so-called NaloxBoxes, which he likens to a fire extinguisher.

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The Rhode Island Senate is considering legislation that would eliminate life sentences without possibility of parole for minors.

"Long sentences on a person that’s under 18 constitutes, in our view, and in the view of the Supreme Court and many other ACLU affiliates, as unusual punishment and violates basic human rights standards," said Marcela Betancur, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union.

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Part-time faculty members at the University of Rhode Island claim the state’s flagship institution is violating state law. The URI adjunct faculty union said the school refused a judge’s orders to increase their wages. The group issued a complaint Friday with the state Attorney General.

Robin McGill, a spokeswoman for The Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education, said the complaint is unnecessary because the two sides remain in negotiations.

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The executive editor of The Providence Journal, Alan Rosenberg, said the newspaper is trying to raise its digital game while renewing its coverage of cities and towns outside Providence.

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Immigration authorities have arrested a man they identified as a Syrian national who was in this country illegally outside the Providence County Superior Courthouse. ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said the man, Abdulkhalek Darwich, came to the United States lawfully in 1998 but overstayed his visa.

Darwich was detained on June 1st following a required court appearance. He faces criminal charges in a case involving the sale of cigarettes without a state tax stamp.  

Every life has its share of crises—of course, we hope few in number with lots and lots of time in between.  No one wants it, but some relationships crash to a halt.  Jobs we cherish evaporate.  Physicians share dire diagnoses and prognoses we don't want to hear. When these moments come our way, don't all of us hope that we don't have to suffer the trials and tribulations alone, that people – even total strangers – take the time to care about us, take the time to lend a hand?  Tim Lemire, certainly thinks so. 

 

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday the House has substantial agreement with the Senate and the governor’s office on most issues. Through his spokesman, Mattiello said final details continue to be addressed ahead of the vote.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30pm ET today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey. Here is Sessions' prepared opening statement to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

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