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The Providence-based hospital organization Care New England has signed a letter of intent to merge with the Boston-based organization Partners HealthCare, Care NE announced Wednesday.

Former Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Dead At 27

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The former Patriots’ tight end killed himself while in prison for murder. State corrections officials say Hernandez was found just after three this morning hanging by a bed sheet.

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St. Mary’s Church in Newport is getting its prized 60 year old pipe organ back, Wednesday, after months of restoration in Canada.

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This week, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off a nationwide tour hoping to energize Democrats ahead of mid-term elections in 2018.

They also want to reach out to progressives upset with President Donald Trump’s victory last November and disappointed with the Democratic Party.  In Rhode Island some progressive women are getting engaged for the first time and trying to find their political voices.

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Voters in Kent County are closely divided on President Donald Trump and his policies. That’s according to a new Brown University poll, out Wednesday.

The Providence City Council Ordinance Committee has voted to send a downtown smoking ban to the full council. The ordinance would prohibit smoking in a roughly nine-block area in front of Kennedy Plaza and City Hall.

Community advocates say the policy is targeted at the homeless. That’s because  they say previous bans on smoking in nearby park and bus terminals have pushed homeless onto the surrounding sidewalks.

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Two more candidates have joined the race to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

Federal authorities say contractor Cardi Corp., is agreeing to pay a $500,000 settlement over allegations it failed to meet federal safety mandates in constructing the I-195 bridge that goes over the Providence River.

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The city of Providence is launching a new program to help ex-offenders stay out of prison. Former inmates face numerous hurdles once they return to life on the outside, including barriers to jobs and housing.

This new program tackles one of those hurdles by offering job training skills to newly released inmates. Rhodes to Employment will be paid for with a $500,000 federal grant, from the U.S. Department of Labor. The 12-week program will offer training in areas like applying for jobs, interviewing, and obtaining health insurance.

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The Providence City Council Ordinance Committee voted 5-0 to send the lengthy ordinance, known as the Community Safety Act, to the full council for a vote. 

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 The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate in the region last year.

Updated opioid prescription regulations are in effect now as part of a statewide effort to cut overdose deaths by one- third over the next three years.

Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the opposition to Invenergy's controversial energy plant proposal in Burrillville.

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Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, has compiled almost $2 million in his campaign account ahead of a re-election challenge next year.

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