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A majority of University of Rhode Island students, faculty and staff support making the Kingston campus free of tobacco and electronic nicotine products.

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In a split decision, The Rhode Island Supreme Court has decided that the state Retirement Board was entitled to question a tax-free disability pension paid to a former Cranston police officer who objected after his pension was cut by the state.

The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team continues to shine. In what has become a special season, the Dan Hurley-coached Rams are drawing national attention, always a plus in the run up to the NCAA tournament and March Madness.

URI is ranked 18th nationally in the Associated Press weekly poll and 19th in the USA Today Coaches poll. That puts Rhody on top of such perennial college basketball royalty as North Carolina (22nd in AP) and Kentucky (24th in AP).

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As the nation’s political elite was filing into the U.S. Capitol for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not among those taking her seat for the speech.

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In a front-page story on Wednesday, The New York Times pointed out that school shootings have become so common that Tuesday’s shooting at a school in the small Kentucky town of Benton was one of 11 shootings involving school properties since Jan. 1st.

The passing of Sister Ann Keefe, who died on January 18, 2015, was a great loss to the Rhode Island Community.

St. Michael’s Parish will hold a Memorial Mass for Sr. Ann at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, January 21st at St. Michael’s Church at 260 St. Ann Keefe Way (Oxford Street) Providence.

Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, one of Rhode Island’s top tourist destinations, surpassed one million tours in 2017 for the second consecutive year.

Trudy Coxe, CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the mansions,  says the success of the mansion tours shows that people care about historic preservation and “care about keeping America’s heritage alive.”

In the September and October, the Newport mansions ere the most visited in New England, drawing more to tours than even the largest Boston museums.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox management says it has concerns with and is not ready to get behind a revised stadium financing plan floated last week by the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee.

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Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, today criticized the Trump Administration’s plan to unravel the net neutrality regulations after the Federal Communications Commission announced that it plans to eliminate the rules in a vote next month.

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Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in October at 4.2 percent, just slightly above the national rate of 4.1 percent.

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U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-RI, today criticized the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media. Sinclair is the owner of WJAR-Channel 10 in the Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts market.

John S. Carter Jr., an inventor, entrepreneur and industrialist who built an East Providence company into a world-renowned brand, sold it, and devoted his life to philanthropy, has died. He was 83.

The Indian Summer sun fades, the afternoon light will soon dwindle and morning frost is on the pumpkin. Evening chills send us to our closets for the heavier coats we’ll soon need.

Now is also the time to think about those among us who have less. As we ready for the holiday season, the time is nigh to help our less fortunate neighbors by donating to the annual Buy Nothing Coat Exchange, which will be held on the traditional date –Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Christmas holiday shopping blitz.

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Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

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In an effort to trim costs, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration is offering veteran state employees an incentive of up to $40,000 in an early retirement package, according to a memo sent to state employees by State Administration Director Mike DiBiase.

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