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Rhode Island is the first state in the nation to join a national program aimed at using a standardized recycling label. Major corporations, such as Whole Foods and Disneyland, have already signed up.

Ann-Marie Fink, who oversees Rhode Island's almost $8 billion pension fund as the state's chief investment officer, is leaving Treasury for a private sector job, RIPR has learned.

Fink was hired during Governor Raimondo's tenure as state treasurer, starting on the job in January 2013. Fink succeeded Kenneth Goodreau, who left for a private sector job with TIG Advisors after four years as the state's top investment officer.

Fink did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

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A new recycling program is driving an uptick in the recycling of mattresses and box springs, according to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

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Thousands turned out for Rhode Island’s Pride Festival Saturday. Organizers expected the event to draw exceptionally large crowds following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Spirits were high among those who thronged the blocked-off street, lined with dozens of booths representing everything from LGBTQ athletic clubs, wedding planners, and dozens of vendors.

Lenore Costa came to the event from Swansea, Massachusetts.

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State Rep. Joseph Trillo (R-Warwick), the dean of House Republicans, has decided against seeking re-election in the face of a possibly tough Democratic challenge from political newcomer Evan Shanley.

Trillo is a sometimes bombastic lawmaker who chairs Donald Trump's Rhode Island campaign. He was first elected as a rep in 2000 and currently serves as minority whip of the 13-member House GOP caucus.

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  Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave are joined by Providence Business News writer Eli Sherman. Sherman is currently writing a series looking into unfunded pension and benefits liabilities of cities and towns across the state. They discuss the reasons behind these unfunded liabilities, what can be done to fix them and what might happen if they remain unfunded.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Voters will decide this November whether to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of state lawmakers. This comes after the House and Senate voted unanimously Thursday to put the question to voters.

After a seven-year impasse, momentum for strengthening the Ethics Commission picked up after former House Finance chairman Ray Gallison resigned in April. He remains part of an ongoing and unspecified law enforcement probe.

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The bills aimed at giving Burrillville residents a say in a tax treaty between the local town council and Invenergy, the company proposing to build a power plant, died in a senate committee this week.

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The state department of labor put out its monthly jobs report Thursday. The numbers show mixed news for the state.

Once burdened with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Rhode Island’s most recent rate stood at 5.4 percent, for the sixth consecutive month. 

That’s down about a point from the same time last year, but still more than a point higher than the national average.

The number of jobs in the state dropped by two-thousand between April and May. 

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Since the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, local lawmakers, public officials, and leaders in the LGBTQ community have spoken about the impact in Rhode Island. Younger members of the community are also sharing their feelings and desire for action.

Rhode Island Public Radio producer Alex Braunstein spoke with members of Youth Pride, a safe space for LGBTQ teens and young adults in Providence, about how the attacks have affected them.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) was among the 13 reps who voted against the new state budget Wednesday night. Morgan stopped by our studio to talk about the spending plan, the GOP legislative outlook for fall elections, and much more.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the budget passed by the RI House, questions about Rep. John Carnevale's residency, and how to prevent mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Florida.

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WLNE-TV, ABC6, is launching a new Sunday morning public affairs show, In the Arena, hosted by former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., RIPR has learned.

The first installment of the show is slated for this weekend, with longtime Democratic fundraiser Mark Weiner joining Paolino as a guest.

Former Chafee staffer Amy Rice; Josh Fenton, co-founder of GoLocalProv.com; former deputy secretary of state Ray Rickman; and former lieutenant governor Thomas DiLuglio are slated to join the show as weekly panelists, according to Beryl Kenyon, a Paolino spokeswoman.

The company proposing to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville is billing the project as a solution to alleviate future energy shortages and rising energy costs in New England. But two experts testifying on behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation filed written testimonies with the state’s Public Utilities Commission disputing those statements.

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