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Gov. Baker: Tax hike will help towns address climate change

Gov. Baker: Tax hike will help towns address climate change

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing an increase in the state excise tax on real estate transfers to help Massachusetts communities better prepare for the effects of climate change. Baker said Friday the plan will be included in his proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Republican will…

This Week at the State House

This Week at the State House

By WPRO News Plans to legalize pot Governor Gina Raimondo released a plan for what she said would be the most regulated system yet among states that have legalized marijuana. She said she’s reluctant about legalization, but feels it’s inevitable. “I felt that with Massachusetts going on line, Connecticut about to come on line, New York…

City council backs new contracts for Providence’s teachers

City council backs new contracts for Providence’s teachers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Providence City Council has voted to support new union contracts for the city’s teachers and other municipal employees. The council voted 14-1, overwhelmingly approving a three-year deal for the Providence Teachers Union, ending a standoff between the city’s 2,000 educators and the mayoral administration that dates to 2017. WPRI-TV reports…

Governor releases $9.9 billion budget

Governor releases $9.9 billion budget

By Tessa Roy, WPRO News Governor Gina Raimondo’s budget for the spending year that begins July 1 increases state spending to $9.9 billion from $9.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2019. “No broad-based tax increases, that still preserves our investments in education, economic development and the economy,” said Raimondo Chief of Staff Brett Smiley as he…

2 abortion-rights bills introduced in legislature

2 abortion-rights bills introduced in legislature

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Two proposals to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade in Rhode Island law have been introduced to keep abortion legal in the state. Rep. Edith Ajello and Sen. Gayle Goldin, both Providence Democrats, re-introduced the Reproductive Health Care Act in the House and Senate on Wednesday. The bill would codify…

 
 

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Radiohead, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks & others join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks & others join Rock Hall of Fame

Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the 34th induction ceremony. It will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” gets new take at Pawtucket’s Community Players

“It’s a Wonderful Life” gets new take at Pawtucket’s Community Players

By Kimberly Rau Almost everyone knows the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” where the overworked and underappreciated George Bailey feels like the world would be better without him in it…until the angel Clarence, desperate to earn his wings, convinces him otherwise. It’s a feel-good movie that no holiday would be without…but it’s also a…

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