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There were winners and losers in the 2017 budget for education. School districts got a boost, with increases in state funding. But charter schools will see their tuition payments cut, in a move some advocates say threatens the future for some of Rhode Island’s charter schools.

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The team will support Providence police already stationed there. The security team began work in downtown Providence at the start of July. The transit authority has hired the Allied Barton security firm. Workers will be posted at Kennedy plaza seven days a week. They are uniformed, but unarmed.

Kennedy Plaza is one of the busiest bus hubs in the state. Recently the plaza underwent a major renovation, which opened up the space and installed security cameras.

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State health officials say we’re spending too much on nursing homes. Instead, they say, we could be caring for people, for less money, at home.

All of us can summon up some childhood memories that make us cringe.  With the wisdom and perspective that come with adulthood, we might recoil when we think back to those "How-could-I-have-done-that!" moments from years ago. Perhaps it was the nontrivial lie we told our parents, the pack of chewing gum we shoplifted from the corner store, or the vulnerable neighborhood kid we bullied.  Instead of dismissing those missteps and relegating them to the dustbin of our memories, the wisest among us learn profound lessons from these transgressions as we move through life. Impressively, 13-year-old Juliana Pal has already done just that. 

 

Juliana Pal will be entering the 8th grade at the Gordon School in East Providence.  She lives with her family in Providence.

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Members of the Rhode Island College community are coming together to discuss the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police officers, and the five officers who died in Dallas last week.

The school’s Unity Center will host the conversation on Tuesday and Wednesday. Center Director Antoinette Gomes said the center is a safe space for students, faculty, administrators, and staff to support one another.

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Your weekly briefing about what's happening in health care: opioid legislation, depression treatment, special needs, and child welfare.

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  The Green Infrastructure Coalition led a tour this week showcasing projects designed to trap runoff, the leading cause of water quality problems in the state.

Artist Holly Ewald attended the tour. She’s a part of a group that worked with students at Reservoir Avenue Elementary School in Providence to transform a dirt patch into a rain garden. 

“They came up with an idea using clay and cardboard and straws,” said Ewald. “Then if you look at the final structure, you can see a total connection between what the kids’ design and ideas and the final structure that was built.”

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Airport officials, lawmakers and local elected officials attended a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for a planned runway expansion at T.F. Green Airport. The expansion is aimed at attracting more airlines and more nonstop flights to the Ocean State.

The construction will expand the major runway at T.F. Green to 8,700 feet, or a little longer than a mile and a half. Airport officials have touted the project as a way to accommodate the larger planes that fly coast-to-coast and overseas.

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Former Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman took part in a rally Monday in New Haven, in response to last week’s racially-charged violence across the country. Esserman now leads the police force in New Haven, where he’s working to improve police-community relations.

From the New England News Collaborative, Cassandra Basler at WSHU brings us the story.

When Pastor James Newman heard that a white officer shot a black man in Minnesota, he felt angry. He said officers around the country need more training to combat their racial bias.

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  “Damn Yankees” is a musical from the 1950s that's not really about the New York Yankees. Instead it’s about being faithful, caring and decent. 

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The environmental organization Save The Bay on Monday sharply criticized the proposal for a $20 million taxpayer-financed port development project on the Providence waterfront.

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  Rhode island Lt. Gov. Dan McKee has been elected chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association. The Cumberland Democrat won  the post last week at the group’s annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As chairman, McKee will preside over a December 2016 confab in Arizona, a March 2017 meeting in Washington, D.C. and the annual summer meeting in Nashville.

McKee, a former Cumberland mayor elected as lieutenant governor in 2014, will also lead the group’s 17-member executive committee in directing policy discussions.

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Providence residents expressed mixed reactions Friday to a pair of deadly shootings of black men by police and the Dallas shooter, who killed five officers and wounded six others at a protest of police brutality.

Taking a break from his job on a construction site on Providence's West Side, resident Emmanuel Davids said he wasn’t surprised when he found out about the shootings of black men by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

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 speak with Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, for an update on Warwick’s "City Centre" development.

The conversation centers on new facilities under construction in Warwick, including a new hotel, the need for tax stabilization agreements to draw in companies, and T.F. Green Airport, which Avedisian describes as the plan’s economic engine.

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In the first six months of the year, Governor Gina Raimondo left town more than a dozen times. Here's a look at what the governor has been up to.

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