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Another Rep Announces Opposition To Mattiello; Amore Standing By Speaker

A handful of state representatives have said they will no longer support Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, but a potential successor to Mattiello said Wednesday that he still backs the speaker and expects him to maintain his hold next year on the top position in the House of Representatives. In an unusual development, state Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) used a news release to announce that Mattiello has lost her vote. “It is time for a change," Ruggiero said. "After the...

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An Unexpected Pregnancy, A Change of Plans

For more than a decade, Central Falls has had the highest teen pregnancy rate in Rhode Island. The rate has declined significantly in recent years, but one thing hasn’t changed: Teens who have babies are far less likely to graduate from high school or earn a college degree.

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Mark Adams, a former Providence College defenseman who played on the Friars 2015 national championship hockey team, died suddenly Monday. He was 27.

“Our program is heartbroken with the passing of Mark,” said Nate Leaman, PC head coach. “He was a great teammate and a special part of our entire community. Our thoughts are prayers are with his entire family.”

No cause of death was given. Adams passing was reported on the PC Hockey team web site.

This I Believe New England: A Surprising Teacher

Sep 18, 2018

Life’s most important lessons come our way from so many sources and directions, often when we least expect them.  Some of the lessons we learn are predictable, say when we park ourselves in lecture hall seats.  Others are much more spontaneous and unanticipated, often in delightful ways.  The chance encounter with a sage seatmate on an airplane flight who shares what she’s learned about aging gracefully.  The person standing behind us in the supermarket checkout lane who waxes philosophically about life’s enduring riddles.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung and other campaigns condemned Tuesday the use of a noose to display a Fung campaign side in Chepachet.

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During a meeting Monday, the North Smithfield Town Council voted to ask its municipal departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, one of a handful of local governments or agencies that have called for boycotts in recent weeks.

The council voted 3-2 for a resolution to refrain from purchasing Nike products in response to an ads campaign with former NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick. Kaepernick began the movement of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality and police brutality.


This year's large number of squirrels are not just frustrating drivers around the region, but also farmers as the harvest season continues.

NOAA graphic showing possible path of storm.

Florence is no longer a hurricane, but forecasters say it’s still packing a punch. 


Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is a key vote in the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As she continues to weigh her position on whether to support him, Collins is under close scrutiny, and has been subject to a lot of outside pressure — some of which she says have gone too far.

Most of the media coverage of last week’s Rhode Island primaries focused on the statewide contests for governor and lieutenant governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says if you are seeking clues to change, look at General Assembly and city council contests.

Now that we political junkies have spent a year or so obsessing about the Rhode Island primary, there's just a bit more than seven weeks until Rhode Island's general election on November 6. 

Courtesy RI Philharmonic

The English-born, Boston-area musician Bramwell Tovey will now lead the local ensemble.


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