Massachusetts

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  Some residents of the Western Massachusetts hilltowns are so frustrated that their congressman doesn't come visit, they've taken out a "missing persons" ad in a local newspaper.

A progressive activist group called Indivisible Williamsburg raised money online to take out the tongue-in-cheek ad in the Daily Hampshire Gazette -- a photo of U.S. Representative Richie Neal above the words, "Has anyone seen this man?"

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Gov. Gina Raimondo said Rhode Island will continue to address climate change despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of a global climate agreement. 

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He's not a real doctor. His friends and family called him Ted. And he designed illustrations for Narragansett Beer. Since his death in 1991, Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — has become the best-selling author of children's books in the world.

Now, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, pays homage to its favorite native son with the first-of-its-kind Dr. Seuss Museum, which opened Saturday.

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Kilmartin joins 19 other attorneys general in a letter to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

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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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Jared Barbosa is an Elementary School guidance counselor who was raised by a professional soccer player. His dad, Manoel “Boom Boom” Barbosa, competed all over the world before settling down in Nashua, N.H.

Jared says professional soccer was his dad’s ticket out of poverty in Brazil. College soccer was his ticket to economic mobility.

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The enforcement of a usage tax on kegs is posing a concern for the local beer brewers in Rhode Island. Brewers hope to address the issue in a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee, Tuesday.

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Lawmakers are once again taking up the issue of paid sick leave for all workers in the private sector during a Senate Labor Committee hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

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Rhode Islanders who’ve served on jury duty may have noticed the $15 a day pay rate. Central Falls Sen. Elizabeth Crowley hopes to change that.

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Most days, somewhere in New England, the American Red Cross and other blood banks put out the call for donations — and volunteers offer up their veins for the public good.


Another Attempt To Legalize Marijuana In RI

Jan 11, 2017
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Once again, Rhode Island lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational use of marijuana. The legislators unveil their proposal today at the Capitol. 

The news comes on the heels of Massachusetts’ recent legalization of the drug (although retail sales have been pushed back to 2018). But lawmakers in Rhode Island have been trying to pass a similar measure in the Ocean State for years. Sponsors include Senator Josh Miller and Representative Scott Slater.

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Once again, a national study shows some good news for Rhode Island – the Ocean State has one of the nation’s very lowest per capita gun violence rates.

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James Morales, the man who escaped a Central Falls detention facility on New Year’s Eve, appeared in court Friday for the first time since his capture outside of Boston Thursday. Morales was ordered to stay in federal custody.

A cold Sunday night and a chilly Monday morning followed the first major snowstorm of 2017. Providence hit the single digits Monday morning, and Taunton, Massachusetts fell to -10 in the early morning hours, according to the National Weather Service.

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Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is offering President-elect Donald Trump some help to build his proposed wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

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