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RIP Aretha Franklin

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The death of the great Aretha Franklin jogged this memory:

The afternoon before the start of the 1996 Democratic National Convention was a usual Chicago summer steamer. Hundreds of photographers, reporters and technicians crammed into the United Center for the air conditioning and the usual pre-convention tasks – plugging in laptops, testing the electrical hookups, checking out seating and sight lines.

MA DAs Won't Present Breathalyzer Evidence In Thousands Of Cases

Aug 15, 2018
Minot Air Force Base

District Attorneys in Massachusetts will not present evidence from breath tests in what attorneys estimate is more than 35,000 drunk driving cases.

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Major waterways in Rhode Island and the surrounding areas are not in danger of flooding, despite several days of heavy rainfall.

This I Believe New England: Border Crossings

Aug 14, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Many of us have had the opportunity and privilege to travel internationally.  Crossing borders – where we come face to face with unfamiliar languages, foods, and time-honored customs – can be both wonderfully exciting and intensely unnerving.  The joy of discovery can be tempered by some fear of the unknown.  What are the right words to use to communicate basic messages?  What if I say the wrong thing?  How will I handle it if I become lost?  What does it mean in this country when I shake my head sideways?  Under the best of circumstances, border crossings can be a real challenge.

Rhode Island has one of the lowest rates of fatal drunk driving accidents in the nation, according to a new study based on date from the National Highway Safety Administration.

The survey, done by Safewise.com, a research group that studies community safety issues, shows that Rhode Island has the fourth lowest DWI fatality rate among the 50 states. Just three states –New Jersey, Utah and New York –had lower rates of DWI fatal accidents based on impaired deaths per capita.

Care New England Reports Finances Improving

Aug 14, 2018
Lynn Arditi / RIPR file

Care New England reported Tuesday that its financial operations continue to improve.  

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After more than two years of planning and construction, Citizens Bank opens a new office park in Johnston Tuesday. The company agreed to a 20-year tax deal with the town, and will make annual payments of $250,000 in lieu of property taxes.  

Poll: Taxes, Cost Of Living Top Connecticut Resident Concerns

Aug 14, 2018
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As Connecticut voters prepare for the gubernatorial primaries Tuesday, a new poll finds residents are most concerned about taxes and the high cost of living in the state.

Keith Weller / USDA Agricultural Research Service

The federal government has ordered a new environmental impact study of Plum Island. According to the government, the study will postpone the planned sale of the island by three years.


Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The year’s first two human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health said the two patients became ill during the last week of July. Both are between 60 and 79 years of age, and both contracted the disease in state.

They are residents of Fairfield and Newington. One remained hospitalized as of late last week.

Health officials say 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms. But one in 150 people become seriously ill and require hospitalization.

Connecticut DOT

Repair work on a century-old bridge in Norwalk has dug up something even older: the remains of a 17th-century Native American trading fort.

The artifacts include trade goods like pottery and glass beads. There’s even evidence of ancient arrowheads, some thought to date back thousands of years.

Another key finding? Trash. Particularly, all manner of leftover food.

Sarah Sportman, one of the archeologists at the site, said the trash included old animal bones and lots of plant remains, including raspberries and tiny pieces of charred corn.

Navy Veteran: I'm Open To Changing Victory Day

Aug 13, 2018
RIPR file photo

Monday is Victory Day, a holiday known often in Rhode Island as Victory over Japan Day, a reference to the date Japan surrendered at the end of World War II. The holiday has long been controversial, with detractors calling it insensitive, and supporters saying it honors the contributions of World War II veterans. Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the holiday. 

Elisabeth Harrison

The election season starts early next month with primaries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay takes this opportunity to consider New England’s history of restricting who can cast ballots. 

Summer is zipping by, so enjoy the beach and warm weather while you can. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments remain welcome. And you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Mosquito samples taken in Pawtucket and Tiverton on July 30th have been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus, the first findings of the virus in Rhode Island this year, the RI Department of Environmental Management announced today.

Mosquito-borne diseases are typically more prevalent in late summer and early fall. The risk usually lasts until the first frost.

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