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The Berkshire Museum's proposal to sell part of its art collection will go before a single justice of the Massachusetts high court Tuesday.

The Supreme Judicial Court is holding a hearing to look at a deal reached in February between the museum and state attorney general's office.

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President Donald Trump did not make any specific announcement of new funding to fight the opioid epidemic during a speech Monday in New Hampshire.

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Fees from Rhode Island's E-911 program have been diverted for other uses since the fees were introduced in 1997.

The E-911 program faces criticism from state Rep. Robert Lancia (R-Cranston), who fears that under-staffing could cause delays in responding to an emergency, and a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, who calls Rhode Island one of the most egregious offenders in diverting funds meant for 911 services.


State officials reported Monday that Rhode Island’s enrollments in insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act rose 5 percent, despite cuts in federal subsidies for the coverage.

RI & CT Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Marijuana As Deadline Looms

Mar 19, 2018
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The legal retail of marijuana in Massachusetts begins July 1. That’s prompted Rhode Island and Connecticut lawmakers to once again consider legislation to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana. Similar legislation failed in both states last year.

President Trump will visit New England Monday, with a stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he is expected to announce a new plan to battle the nationwide opioid crisis.

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While Vermont is by far the highest producing maple syrup state in the United States, 70 percent of the world's maple syrup is made in Québec.

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Alfred Hawkes, a prominent environmentalist in Rhode Island who has been described as the "environmental conscience of Rhode Island for decades," passed away Thursday at the age of 90. 

We're closing in on the start of the baseball season, although you might not know it from the weather. Plus, the political cauldron continues to boil in the Biggest Little. So thanks for stopping by. Your comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go. 

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It’s well past time for the Statehouse scofflaws –Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration and the General Leadership—to be held accountable for the latest embarrassment.


The Rhode Island economy is sure to be a crucial topic in the state’s 2018 political campaigns.

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The Providence City Council has passed an ordinance discouraging shoppers from single-use paper or plastic bags. 

Introducing Consent To Sexual Education

Mar 16, 2018

In the last few years a national debate has been playing out over sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and between students on college campuses. House lawmakers have passed a bill which would introduce the concept of consent to sexual education in Rhode Island high schools.

Before she became a medical journalist and best-selling author, Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal worked in hospital emergency rooms. There she witnessed what she describes as the dysfunctional business America’s health care. According to Dr. Rosenthal, the proposed takeover of Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital group, by the Massachusetts company, Partners HealthCare, deserves careful scrutiny.


In Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal's book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. She describes the health care system as a dysfunctional market, where the same prescription you’ve had for 20 years can suddenly more than double in price overnight.