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The union representing nurses at Care New England is asking state health regulators to deny the hospital system’s request for a fast-track review of its proposed takeover by Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare.

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With less than a week until the primary election, accusations are flying in the Democratic race for governor. Matt Brown, the top primary opponent to Governor Gina Raimondo, is running a progressive challenge to Raimondo from the left.

Rhode Island’s economy has improved since Gina Raimondo took office as governor in 2015. Unemployment is down to a level not seen since 2000, and the state has more jobs than at any time in its history.

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Just before the end of the school day Wednesday, the second day of a new school year, police were called to the Providence Career and Technical Academy High School.

Shots had been heard fired. It was a little before 2 p.m. 

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will contribute $5 million over the next five years to a new state fund designed to support and expand access to mental health care.

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A national conservation organization is suing the federal government for failing to respond to their public records request on the American burying beetle, Rhode Island's official state insect protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. 

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Six mayors from Northern Rhode Island gathered Tuesday in a show of support for Lt. Governor Dan McKee. He’s facing a primary challenge next week from Providence State Representative Aaron Regunberg.

McKee served for six terms as Mayor of Cumberland and said that experience informed his priorities as Lieutenant Governor. Standing on the Statehouse steps, he said he has the connections with municipal leaders and the practical experience to keep doing the job.

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The candidates for mayor of Providence shared their views Tuesday night of a proposed skyscraper in the city's jewelry district, how to solve billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, and how to improve public schools.

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There is a changing of the guard in the 7th Congressional District, with shockwaves sure to reverberate throughout the Democratic Party.

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More than 6,000 Salvadorans living in Massachusetts with temporary immigration status face potential deportation next year, when the humanitarian program allowing them to live in the U.S. expires.

This I Believe New England: Genuine Heroes

Sep 4, 2018
Scott Indermaur

If we’re fortunate, we have genuine heroes in our lives.  Some of our heroes may be extraordinary, people whose spectacular feats defy comprehension, perhaps a citizen who risked her life to save total strangers from a burning house, or navy seals who rescued children trapped in a remote cave.  Sometimes heroism is much more quiet and understated – ordinary people who go about their daily lives with earnest dedication, answering the call of duty without fanfare.  As Patty Higgins notes, sometimes we find out about inspiring heroism in unlikely places.  


Democratic rival Matt Brown's campaign is threatening to sue Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo over what it calls false and defamatory statements in an attack ad that debuted last week. Raimondo's campaign said it stands by the ad and it describes a cease and desist letter sent by Brown's campaignas as "a last-gasp stunt" in the run up to the September 12 primary.

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After a sometimes raucous day of opening statements on Tuesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing his first round of questioning from Senators on Wednesday. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee want to know about Kavanaugh's position on a range of issues including abortion, healthcare and presidential power. The nominee also faces questions about his time working in the Bush administration and his time working under independent counsel Ken Starr.

The twilight of a high-school hockey era and the dawn of a bold experiment coincided with the start of classes last week at Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket.

Bill and Dave Belisle, coaching icons, will stand behind the bench for the last time during the 2018-19 season.  A trio of coaches from the South Kent School Selects Academy in Connecticut will replace them and launch a new age-group program at Mount for the 2019-20 season.

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency in New England has been tapped to lead the agency's national Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention office.

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Rhode Island State Police warned drivers to be careful this Labor Day, following three motor vehicle crash fatalities so far this weekend.