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This I Believe New England: A Surprising Teacher

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SCOTT INDERMAUR

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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A New England-based environmental advocacy group says the region is making progress improving air quality, but more work needs to done. 


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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been improperly denying claims for mental health and addiction treatment, according to the results of an examination by the state Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner (OHIC).

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

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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.

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. 

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

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Rhode Island's Republican gubernatorial nominee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outcome of the state's primary election on Wednesday and his general election fight with Democrat Gina Raimondo.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, the GOP nominee for Rhode Island governor, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his campaign against Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and a range of related topics.

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About 80 supporters, friends, family members and volunteers for Elorza's campaign clapped and chanted "four more years" as the mayor wrapped up his victory speech during his election night watch party.


Well Rhode Island is losing the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester and the Massachusetts city is celebrating in wake of the city council’s overwhelming vote to seal the PawSox, err WooSox, deal.

Worcester will host a celebration on Monday, September 17 at 5 p.m. at the Worcester Common Oval at 455 Main Street in Worcester. Among the celebrants –U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, Mayor Joseph Petty, City Manager Edward Augustus, PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino and “other special guests.”

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The Worcester City Council on Wednesday approved a $100.8 million stadium financing package to bring the Red Sox's top farm team to Central Massachusetts in a record-setting deal for a minor-league franchise.

A plan to move the club from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to Worcester in 2021 still needs authorizations from the AAA International League — where the team competes — Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball. But an ownership group led by former Red Sox president Larry Lucchino has now cleared the highest hurdle in a three-year effort to find a new home.

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While Matt Brown’s underfunded and underwhelming primary campaign from the left failed to even dent Gov. Gina Raimondo’s march to a second term as Rhode Island’s first female governor, progressive Democrat Aaron Regunberg, a 28-year old Providence state representative, fared much better and ran a close, but ultimately losing bid, against incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan McKee of Cumberland.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo dealt her detractors a blow by scoring an unexpectedly big win in a primary election Wednesday, cruising past Democratic challenger Matt Brown by almost 24 points, according to unofficial results, while Cranston Mayor Allan Fung notched a decisive 16-point win over his closest GOP rival, Patricia Morgan.

Lynn Arditi

On a rainy primary day, incumbent Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo secured her party's nomination for a second run for governor. Republican Allan Fung, of Cranston, did the same. And a significant number of progressive candidates won in Democratic primaries for General Assembly.


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