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CVS Health’s chief executive says the Woonsocket-based company’s $69 billion bid to acquire health insurer Aetna will be good for consumers – and Rhode Island’s governor seems to agree.

But health industry experts say there are reasons to be skeptical.

It's not every week when a big national story has dramatic consequences in Rhode Island, but that's precisely what happened this time around with the Weinstein Effect. So 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.

Courtesy of Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

Thursday marked the deadline for metro areas across North America to submit bids for Amazon's second headquarters, and Rhode Island enlisted help from some prominent local business leaders and universities for its application.

Ian Donnis

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss UHIP, the I-195 District, her DACA initiative, and much more.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee / Department of Defense

Amazon, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, is looking to open a second headquarters in North America. Rhode Island officials say the Ocean State will throw its hat into the ring in what is likely to become a competitive race for the company among U.S. cities.

Jesse Costa / WBUR

About 400 people filled out applications at Amazon's Fall River warehouse Wednesday as part of a national hiring spree.


Our Intrepid Engineer is a little intimidated by Alexa
James Baumgartner RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio, in conjunction with our webcast provider, StreamGuys, has created a new Alexa Skill just for RIPR!  To activate it for your Echo or Echo Dot, just go to this address:

http://alexa.ripr.org

Your intrepid engineer can be a bit, err, intimidated by how much Alexa can do...especially how much it can insert itself into your personal life...but even he can't deny that it's pretty cool.  Just say:

"Alexa, open Rhode Island Public Radio."