Spot The Spoof: Officials Say Scam Artists Get Savvier With Technology

If you have a cellphone, you’ve probably received a call from a scam artist. And Rhode Island Officials say it’s not just the elderly falling victim.

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Warwick Sewer Authority

Warwick Sewer Authority Finishes Repairs On Collapsed Sewer Line

The Warwick Sewer Authority has finished repairing a collapsed sewer pipe that spilled about 300,000 gallons of sewage into Buckeye Brook last month.

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The latest round of talks ended Thursday afternoon. The drivers' union, represented by the Teamsters Local 251, are seeking a new contract with Cincinnati-based bus company First Student. The two sides are working with a federal mediator. 

The union represents about 220 drivers in Providence.  The drivers were eligible to start striking Friday, September 21st, though they did not.

Warwick Police have identified the body discovered in the Pawtuxet River Wednesday afternoon.  An investigation remains ongoing.

Police have identified a 55 year-old Cranston resident, and believe the cause of death was related to suicide. Next of kin have been notified. The police discovered the body while looking for a mannequin during a routine search and rescue training in the Pawtuxet River.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable to discuss the general election campaign, the negative advertising during the primary, and more.

Ian Donnis

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including public education in the state, the PawSox, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's loss of some supporters, and more.

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A new poll commissioned by WPRI-TV and Roger William University shows that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has opened a seven-point lead over her Republican rival, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

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The Miriam Hospital has received a $2.5 million federal grant to improve addiction and mental health treatment for gay and bisexual men.

Providence College Athletics / Stew Milne

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

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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.

Erin X. Smithers

Back in the late 1990s Brown University professor Paula Vogel won a Pulitzer Prize for her play “How I Learned to Drive,” a startling work about guilt, need and levels of responsibility. Now Providence’s Wilbury Group has brought the play back. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says its more vibrant, and necessary, than ever.

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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