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Cumberland, Rhode Island popped up on a list of cities and towns that have unsafe levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. It’s used to make Teflon. It turns out those levels have dropped significantly in the town over the past year.

Management at The Providence Journal is moving Katherine Gregg, a tenacious watchdog on Smith Hill for more than 30 years, out of the Statehouse, RIPR has learned from multiple sources.

Gregg, the longtime chief of the Journal's bureau in the Statehouse basement, will instead be assigned to the newspaper's downtown Providence newsroom on Fountain Street.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Challenges

Aug 2, 2016

  Every life is filled with challenging moments and, sometimes, challenges that fill far longer stretches of time.  Sadly, some people find it so very hard to climb out of what may seem like a bottomless abyss.  Others of us – perhaps because of some combination of pure hardiness and the skilled and caring help provided by others – manage to triumph and draw on our ordeals to forge ahead with rich insight, even vigor.

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Five civil liberties and open government groups called Tuesday for the public release of the material from the 38 Studios investigation.

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CVS Health and pharmaceutical company Adapt Pharma have struck a deal to offer Narcan discounts to patients without insurance. Narcan is the opioid overdose rescue drug. 

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With a second-quarter balance of $1,451,944, Governor Gina Raimondo's fundraising remains robust at the mid-point in her four-year term as governor.

Raimondo began the quarter with a balance of just over $1 million -- $1,010,058. During Q2, she received $506,168 in contributions from individuals and $19,200 from political action committees. The governor's fundraising success can be seen in how her second quarter campaign finance report is 217 pages.

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The funeral for Mark Weiner, who died last week at age 62, was also a who’s who of local and national Democratic politics. 

Here's what's happening in health in Rhode Island:

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Hours after one of his Republican legislative opponents called on him to do, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called Monday for the "release of any and all information pertaining to 38 Studios" from the investigation conducted by State Police and the attorney general's office.

Providence College

Providence College celebrates its centennial this year with a lineup of famous guests and special events. 

Camp Yawgoog, in Hopkinton Rhode Island, celebrates its centennial. The Boy Scout camp is the second oldest continuously operating Boy Scout camp in the country. Spokeswoman for the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America Kaitlin Curtis said many camp traditions haven’t changed in 100 years.

“But they’re also implementing more modern activities, such as robotics – that’s actually a merit badge that they can earn there now,” said Curtis. “So they’re modernizing to keep up with the 21st century, but also the core values are the same.”

Leave it to Rhode Island to provide a counter-narrative to the notion that the news slows down in summer, right? Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

This week Mark and Dave chat with "Eat-Drink-RI” founder and president David Dadekian about the plan to develop vacant waterfront land in Providence into a year-round food and drink market.


While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.

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State Police and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin will pursue no criminal charges after a years-long investigation into 38 Studios, the company that won a $75 million public subsidy to move to Rhode Island, then went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers on the hook.

In announcing results of the investigation, State  Police Col. Steven O'Donnell said a bad business deal doesn't necessarily provide grounds for a criminal indictment.