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As we saw during the presidential campaign, abortion continues to be a wedge cultural and political issue in American politics. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that the rhetoric on this issue may be up, but abortions are down.( Advance copy of on-air commentary for Monday.) It’s been more than four decades since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Roe Versus Wade case made abortion legal in the United States. When the opinion was handed down in 1973, many thought it would...

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The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit against the state’s Department of Human Services for what it calls a failure to provide food stamps in a timely manner.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan, the new GOP leader in the Rhode Island House, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues.

A New York developer is scaling back his proposal for a three-tower development in the I-195 District. Jason Fane wants state officials to move quickly to support a single 43-story residential tower in the district. Fane said he hopes to develop two additional towers in future phases, depending on the level of market demand. In a statement, Fane says the single tower would catalyze other new uses in the 195 District. “This is a special opportunity for the state and city’s leadership to jump...

President Obama’s National Ocean Council has approved the nation’s first ocean plans for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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Debate is growing over the expansion of the charter school Achievement First in Providence.

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Following anecdotal reports of an uptick in harassment of minority groups across the country, Providence has created a hate crime hotline. There is currently no statewide mechanism dedicated to hate incidents. The new hotline is part of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s effort to allay the concerns of residents, after the election of Donald Trump. Many of the city's minority groups, including sexual, racial and religious minorities, have expressed fears about safety and protection from harassment under...

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Governor Gina Raimondo took part a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday to mark the start of the first development utilizing the state's Rebuild RI tax credit. The Commons at Providence Station will create 169 apartments on 2.85 acres of vacant land near the Providence train station. The project is utilizing a $5.6 million Rebuild RI tax credit and a 15-year tax stabilization agreement with the City of Providence. Raimondo hailed the development as a sign of positive momentum in the state,...

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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Co-Chair of the U.S. Senate Climate Action Task Force Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says he’s disheartened by the choice. He says Pruitt denies the reality of climate change. And the attorney general was among those who sued the EPA over its Clean Power Plan to mitigate climate change. In a statement to the press, Whitehouse says he expects Americans...

Expectations are like sand castles at Scarborough Beach. Threatened by waves and tides, here now but probably gone later. And then rebuilt. So it is with University of Rhode Island and Providence College basketball this season. The Rams started with great expectations based on the return of injured stars E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin. A Top 25 ranking raised expectations higher. Then a three-point loss at Valparaiso and a heartbreaking three-point loss to Providence at the sold-out Dunkin’...

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UPDATE: Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed Tom Guthlein Acting Associate Director of Program Operations at DHS to oversee the customer service team. Director Melba Depeña-Affigne’s role has not changed.

Life is full of contradictions and inconsistencies, especially in those moments when we yearn for clarity. As the author Scott Turow noted about our efforts to grapple with uncertainty in the stories of our lives, "The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity." Issues that appear, at first glance, to be in sharp black and white relief quickly drift into shades of gray. That's what Beth Taylor reflects on with regard to distressingly ambiguous matters of war and...

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Following the election of Donald Trump as President, immigrants are expressing concerns that his harsh rhetoric now promises to become policy in the new administration. In Rhode Island, advocates who work with immigrants and refugees say there aren’t enough immigration lawyers to answer their clients’ concerns.

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Rhode Island schools have some of the lowest rates of reported bullying in the nation. That’s according to a report published by education advocacy nonprofit, Rhode Island Kid’s Count. However, about 40 percent of middle school students say they have experienced bullying. Kid’s Count executive director Elizabeth Burke Bryant says there’s still work to do. “This is an area where Rhode Island is doing well- comparing states across the country. But that said there's a face behind all of these...

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he supports an expansion by charter school group Achievement First. But a smaller expansion than the group is seeking. Achievement First wants to add more than 2,000 new seats by 2026.

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