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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.

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Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Health have lifted a boil water notice that was issued after E. coli bacteria was found during routine sampling by Suez Water. 

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Tiverton Casino opened to the public for the first time Saturday morning. A crowd came out to explore the new facility. A line of hundreds snaked around the building waiting for the doors to open.

We're getting down to the wire, with less than two weeks until Rhode Island's September 12 primary election. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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It’s Labor Day, when we honor workers and the unions that gave them better lives. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this year’s big labor issue is the fate of public employee unions, following asignificant Supreme Court decision. 


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Brown University is getting criticism from the left and the right after removing a press release about a professor’s research on transgender teens. The professor’s findings suggested that some adolescents may decide they’re transgender because of peer pressure or internet influences. 

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As of September 1, Rhode Island will officially have two full-scale casinos, operating table games like poker and black jack. Twin River Casino held a ribbon cutting Thursday for its new location in Tiverton, where gambling opens to the public on Saturday. 

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The ribbon cutting marks the completion of a 85,000-square-foot casino near Rhode Island’s border with Fall River. 

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State officials say one person has died from Legionnaires' Disease as an outbreak in Hampton continues to grow.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday the number of confirmed cases of the form of pneumonia now stands at 12. Eleven of those sickened are from out-of-state, but recently visited a half-mile stretch of Ashworth Avenue.

Officials wouldn’t release details about the fatality, but did say the individual was elderly.

The state announced the Legionnaires' Disease “cluster” last weekend with four initial cases.

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Rhode Island Public Radio presents a special primary debate in Rhode Island’s Republican race for governor.

The candidates are Patricia Morgan, Republican leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives; Cranston Mayor Allan Fung; and businessman Giovanni Feroce. We invited all three candidates into our studio for an in-depth look at where they stand on the issues; Fung declined our invitation.

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Can you see music? Artist-musician Lennie Peterson can, or I should say, he just does. It’s not really a choice.

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The Providence area matched a heat record Wednesday set in 1953. Thermometers climbed to 95 degrees in the city.

Alan Dunham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said while that’s hot, it's nothing compared to how hot it felt at some points during the day due to humidity.

"The two o’clock heat index was 102 degrees. So people have to make sure they stay well hydrated and wear light clothing," Dunham says. 

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