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.

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There has been a rash of suspected drug overdoses on the New Haven Green Wednesday, with at least 46 people taken to area hospitals. One person has been arrested in connection with the case.

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Teachers from Massachusetts and Connecticut will find it easier to get jobs in Rhode Island, under a new proposal from Rhode Island's Education Commissioner. This is one of several ways he is trying to combat labor shortages in education.


Bird scooters are gone from the sidewalks and streets of the capital city. The stocky, electric scooters were in the city for  several weeks, but now the company needs permission to keep operating.

They landed without warning on the sidewalks of cities across the country this summer. In Providence, residents had started to discover the scooters, which are unlocked with an app, then left on the sidewalk for the next user.

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Patricia Morgan appeared outside Cranston City Hall on Wednesday to urge Mayor Allan Fung to take part in more than just the one radio debate he has agreed to participate in.

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Providence is reactivating school zone speed cameras after the program generated an outcry earlier this year. 

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.


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

Want Free Coffee? Personal Data Is The Way To Pay

Aug 14, 2018
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Shiru Cafe looks like a regular coffee shop. Inside, machines whir, baristas dispense caffeine and customers hammer away on laptops. But all of the customers are students, and there’s a reason for that. At Shiru Cafe, no college ID means no caffeine.

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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

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.

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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.