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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable to discuss why he supports the PawSox stadium deal. Plus, the push to overhaul the state's crumbling school buildings and the challenge of overcoming the 38 Studios hangover.

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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Bonus Q&A to discuss recent developments involving the state pension fund, whether eliminating the state car tax is affordable, the lessons offered by voters' rejection of the Greenhouse Compact in 1984, and much more.

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Rhode Island health officials on Thursday approved Care New England’s plan to close Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, effectively shutting down the hospital.

The decision, effective Monday, includes a number of conditions – such as maintaining a walk-in clinic open seven days a week in Pawtucket -- designed to ensure services to area residents and off-set costs associated with transporting patients to other hospitals, according to a statement released by the state Department of Health.

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Even as homeless shelters swell over capacity, social service workers are scrambling to get more people off the streets and out of the bitter cold.

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The ACLU of New Hampshire says the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints on Interstate 93 this summer staged far inland from the Canadian border violated the state’s Constitution.

 During multi-day checkpoints in August, and then again in September, Border Patrol agents, in collaboration with police from the town of Woodstock and State Police, stopped vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-93 near the town of Woodstock, about 75 miles as the crow flies from the Canadian border.

Shelters Fill Up As Temperatures Drop

Dec 28, 2017
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New England faced a cold and blustery start to the day on Thursday, with temperatures just barely crawling out of the single digits, and the sun doing its best to warm the frozen ground. 

According to the National Weather Service, the wind chill in Providence measured as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.

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In part 2 of our series, "Striking a New Chord: A 15-Week Journey To Learning An Instrument," RIPR’s Morning Host Chuck Hinman continues to follow a group of adults learning to play string instruments for the first time.

Not since 2014’s so-called polar vortex has the state seen such sustained frigid temperatures. According to meteorologists, the culprit this time is a blast of arctic air hitting the East Coast.

“This appears to be the coldest air mass for the last four or five years,” said National Weather spokesman Bill Simpson. “It’ll probably be an extended period of cold air, probably breaking by next week. So we’re looking at well, well below our normal temperatures.”

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Care New England Health System and Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare announced Wednesday that they have agreed to extend the deadline for reaching agreement on a proposed merger through January 2018.

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More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including some 23,000 Rhode Islanders. 

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The final witnesses gave testimony on the Northern Pass transmission last week, after eight months of hearings and years of planning.

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Detectives, booking officers and county jail sergeants sit side-by-side at the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction, flipping through documents and looking for tips.

They're searching for details that could unmask an impostor.

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A new threat to New England’s shellfish industry seems to be establishing itself more firmly, and regulators are trying to stay ahead of potentially deadly blooms of toxic algae that may be driven by climate change.

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A massive solar project in Simsbury, Connecticut is now one step closer to becoming one of New England’s largest clean-energy projects.

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Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth have been working to develop devices and computer codes that would help harness wave energy more effectively. 

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