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Rhode Island repealed legislation pledging its allegiance to the crown -- two months before any of the 12 other colonies.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

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