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R.I.P. Edward Fogarty

Sep 7, 2017

Edward M. Fogarty, the erudite Statehouse legal counsel, patron of arts, especially Festival Ballet Providence,  and devoted sports fan, particularly of the Boston Red Sox, died of a heart attack last week while watching a Red Sox-New York Yankees game at his home in Providence. He was 69.

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Rhode Island organized labor leaders are asking the General Assembly to override Gov. Gina Raimondo’s veto of legislation that would have kept public employee and teacher collective bargaining contracts in effect while a new contract is under negotiation.

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Update: The Providence board of Tax Assessment Review today denied Paolino's appeal. Next stop, says Paolino: Superior Court.

Joseph R. Paolino Jr, the former  Providence mayor and large downtown property owner, is seeking a tax reduction on the former Fleet Bank building at 50 Kennedy Plaza because of the presence of panhandlers and incidences of petty crime in the area.

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Felix E. “Feidlim” Gill, of Narragansett, has been nominated to be a Rhode Island Family Court judge by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a series of hearings on the proposal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium, Sen. William Conley, D-East Providence, said Monday.

The death of Rhode Island labor leader Frank Montanaro Sr. reminded former Gov. Lincoln Almond of Montanaro’s crucial role in helping to get the Fidelity Investments building in Smithfield done in the 1990s without a labor-management dust-up that could have killed the project.

R.I.P. Tom Bates

Aug 18, 2017

Update: Services for Tom Bates: Wake, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Street in Providence. Celebration of Life: Hot Club, South Water Street, Providence, Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Tom Bates, the burly, witty and friendly Providence tavern owner and raconteur, who came to Rhode Island’s capital to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and never left, was found dead today at his East Providence home. He was 73.

The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, and Dr. Tom Wiles, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, called today on Rhode Island Christians to join in prayer this weekend to reject the message of the neo-Nazi march on Virginia.

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Rhode Islanders seem to enjoy, or take perverse glee, in running down their state, especially the government. But a new study from the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation shows the Ocean State a national leader in ACA health care. It turns out that of the 20 states and the District of Columbia, where preliminary 2018 premiums and insurer information are available, premiums in the individual markets will rise in every one –except Rhode Island.

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U.S. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, is calling President Donald Trump’s response to North Korea’s nuclear threat ”not helpful.”

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Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Jack Reed is criticizing President Donald Trump’s proposal to ban transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military forces.

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A group of more than 20 Rhode Island religious and community groups are calling on the General Assembly to return to the Statehouse to approve a state budget for the fiscal year than began July 1 and approve legislation to limit access to guns for domestic  abusers, grant earned sick time to workers and adopt other measures.

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The latest Rhode Island unemployment data shows anemic job growth, with the unemployment rate inching up to 4.2 percent, which is slightly less than the national rate of 4.4 percent.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to address the nation’s governors in Providence during the 109th summer meeting of the National Governors Association, which runs from July 13th to 15th.

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An end of session impasse erupted at the State House Friday, leaving Rhode Island state government without a budget as the new fiscal year began Saturday. 

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