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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.

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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
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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. 

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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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Although Bird electric scooters are already dispersed across Providence, the city said it will begin a year-long scooter-sharing pilot August 17th.

Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission

A commission in Newtown, Connecticut has chosen a design for a permanent memorial to honor the 26 people killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

The design is called “The Clearing.” It features a coiling wooded walkway leading to a Sycamore tree planted in the middle of a small man-made reflecting pool. It was designed by landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm SWA Group.

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Bird is the word…if you’re 60’s rock band The Trashmen, but not if you’re a city official looking to regulate rentable scooters.

When the company Bird dropped its scooters in Cambridge unannounced, city officials ordered them off the streets by August 3rd. Somerville soon followed with a cease and desist letter. However, in Providence the company doesn’t appear to have ruffled as many feathers.

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Katherine Kerwin, unopposed Providence City Council candidate in Ward 12, and communications director for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues involving Providence politics and youth activism.

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Katherine Kerwin, who is running unopposed to be the Ward 12 city councilor in Providence, and who also serves as communications director for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, joins Political Roundtable to discuss her campaign, the reluctance of gubernatorial frontrunners to take part in debates, and the legislative debate over guns.

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PROVIDENCE – Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare and Care New England are asking Rhode Island health officials to conduct a fast-track regulatory review of their proposed merger, citing Care New England's ongoing financial distress.

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In less than five weeks, Rhode Islanders will go to the polls for a primary election. And because the state has so few Republican voters, primaries sometimes decide who will hold a political office even before the general election. That's the case in a Providence race between a former Trump supporter and an incumbent Democrat.

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The nonprofit FarmFresh Rhode Island will use a $4.6 million federal grant to help low-income New Englanders buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Pictured (left to right) Cory MacWhorter, employment specialist, Anchor Recovery Community Center; Dr. Susan Andrews, medical director, Electric Boat;  Dr. Sue Pearlmutter, provost, Rhode Island College
Audrey Lucas / Office of Governor

A $4 million federal labor department grant will be used to create a new job training program for Rhode Islanders in recovery from opioid addiction.

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