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Boston is close to banning plastic bags after a unanimous city council vote Wednesday. Several Rhode Island municipalities have also banned the bags, but some advocates make the case for a statewide ban.


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  In a state that voted almost 2 to 1 for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, and in a city that voted almost 6 to 1 for her, everyone seemed to embrace Clinton Tuesday night at the Boston Opera House.

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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.

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Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer is warning that people of color are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


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Some New England states are expected to have higher than normal tides Monday because of the total solar eclipse, according to a Washington-state-based tides expert. 


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The violence at a far-right rally in Virginia over the weekend and a potential rally in Boston on Saturday are raising questions about hate speech, and whether it is protected under the First Amendment, which also protects the right to assemble. 

MA Officials Prepare For ‘Free Speech’ Rally In Boston

Aug 15, 2017
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Officials in Boston are preparing for a possible controversial rally on Boston Common Saturday, after a rally of white nationalists in Virginia turned violent over the weekend.

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Boston today is hosting its 44th annual outdoor Boston Pops show and fireworks display, New England's biggest Fourth of July celebration. 

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  The Federal Railroad Administration is working on plans to bring more high-speed rail to the Northeast Corridor. It’s the busiest stretch of passenger rail in the nation that spans from Washington, D.C. to Boston.

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The Bristol County Massachusetts District Attorney is planning an appeal of a ruling from Tuesday that wipes out the murder conviction of former New England Patriots start Aaron Hernandez.

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The anniversary of Rhode Island's declaration of independence from the British Empire in 1776 is being marked Wednesday.

Rhode Island repealed legislation pledging its allegiance to the crown -- two months before any of the 12 other colonies.

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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

Apr 19, 2017
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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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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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