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Rhode Islanders might not lose weekend commuter rail service going to Boston after all. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker dropped his support of a proposal that would cut all weekend commuter rail service for a year.

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Rhode Island’s Senate Finance Committee will meet Tuesday to discuss a proposed Amtrak route that would cut through southwestern Rhode Island. State senators will hear the Federal Railroad Administration’s recommendations for the route at the Rhode Island Statehouse.

New England Patriots Head To The Dunk

Feb 7, 2017
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Can’t make it to Boston for the New England Patriots’ 11 a.m. victory parade? No problem. The Super Bowl celebration continues in Rhode Island Tuesday afternoon.

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The Town Council of Charlestown has called a special meeting Tuesday. Residents are hoping to find out more about a federal proposal to expand railroads running through their rural town.

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The Federal Railroad Administration has proposed a major expansion of the Northeast rail corridor from Washington, D.C. through Providence and Boston. The plan would cost an estimated $120 billion, to build new tracks, new lines, and more trains.

The FRA says most of the railways on the line should be expanded from two to four tracks, and it calls for direct and frequent service to Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts.

Red Sox Fans Bid A Fond Farewell To Big Papi

Oct 11, 2016
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The Red Sox run in the playoffs is over. They lost to the Cleveland Indians 4-3 last night at Fenway, and were swept in the series three games to none.

The loss also marks the end of the major league career of David Ortiz. Ortiz walked on four pitches in his final major league at bat.  One batter later, he was pulled for a pinch runner.

Following the game, Ortiz came back on the field where fans were chanting his name, waiting to say goodbye. Big Papi had tears in his eyes as he waved to the Fenway faithful one last time.

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The Red Sox and their fans will celebrate the legacy of David Ortiz during the team's final regular season series, which begins Friday night at Fenway Park. The day the baseball player known as Big Papi became a Boston legend is easy to pinpoint: Oct. 18, 2004.

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Mayors and law enforcement leaders from Rhode Island and Massachusetts gathered in Providence Wednesday for a summit on reducing gun violence. Boston and Providence are taking part in a new effort to combat gun violence.

The new program brings several cities, including the two state capitals, together with non-profit Arms with Ethics, to pilot programs aimed at reducing gun violence.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says working regionally cities, and towns will be better able to crack down on illegal gun trade. 

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Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, a Democrat, has joined mayors from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 14 other cities in saying they are ready and willing to accept even more refugees than the Obama administration has proposed.

In a letter to the president, the mayors said, ``We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities.’’

  Thank goodness for a new week. Could last week have been any worse for Boston sports?

Members of Rhode Island’s Muslim community are speaking out following the arrest of a Warwick man on charges of aiding an Islamic terrorist group. The man was not known to leaders at one of the state’s largest mosques, Masjid Al-Islam.

Imam Mufti Ikram, who leads the congregation of about 300 to 400 people in North Smithfield, said members were shocked to learn of a terrorist threat.

Warwick resident Nicholas Rovinski, who authorities say is also known as Nuh Amriki and Nuh al Andalusi, faces charges for conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Federal authorities allege the 24-year-old conspired with two other men, David Wright and Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, who was shot dead by authorities in Boston last week. Rahim was suspected of plotting to harm police officers.  

According to an affidavit, the men were planning an attack they believed would support the objectives of the Islamic State of Iraq, or ISIS.

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Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbot said she will attend the race Monday.  Abbot, who lives in Newport, lost her left leg following the blast at the finish line.

She said she’ll watch the races joined by loved ones, continuing her annual Marathon Monday tradition.

“I’ll be spending the day in Boston with my same group of friends that I’m always with, trying to create some better memories, and put that memory of 2013 in the past.

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Rhode Island’s foundering economic is again the top Statehouse topic. Political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts as we at Rhode Island Public Radio kickoff our series on our state’s slow recession recovery. 

If Rhode Island was a lake, we’d all be drowning under the weight of decades of reports and high falutin  expert commissions charged with dissecting our state’s economic doldrums. Wonks, business leaders, academics and consultants have produced turgid chronicles – with scant results – on how to heal the sickest economy in New England.

CVS To Hire Some 100 At Woonsocket Headquarters

Jan 21, 2015
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Woonsocket based CVS/Health plans to hire some 100 employees at their digital center in Rhode Island.  This comes as the company plans to open a second digital center in Boston.

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