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4:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.

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RI News
1:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Thunderstorms Today, Ahead Of Arthur

Hurricane Arthur is churning towards New England. But forecasters are worried about an entirely different weather system hitting the area today. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field is hunkering down for a busy day. This afternoon and evening, Field says he’s watching a cold front that’s on track to bring severe weather and a couple of inches of rain to Rhode Island.

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The Pulse
11:56 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Beach Bound? Get A Free Skin Cancer Screening

Are you beach bound this weekend? That is, after Hurricane Arthur clears out?

If so, you already know to pack the sunscreen, slather it on (a lot of it, two coats), and reapply after a couple of hours. But here's some more information about why to reapply, which kinds of sunscreens and what SPF are best (and what that means, anyway), and more about the latest developments in sunscreen technology - below.

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On Politics
11:45 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Bruins Fans Get Their RI License Plates

Hockey fans of the Boston Bruins will be able to show their allegiance on their Rhode Island license plates under legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

Under the law, the new Bruins plates will cost hockey devotees an extra $40, half of which will go to the state and half will be allocated to charities affiliated with the Boston Bruins Foundation. The money must be spent on Rhode Island-based charities.

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RI News
10:23 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Declaration Of Independence To Be Displayed In Rhode Island

The Declaration of Independence
Credit U.S. National Archives

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display in Rhode Island tonight at the John Brown House in Providence. The document is what is known as a broadside, which means it was printed to be hung outdoors for the public to see. This is one of five known to exist, and was originally printed in Newport.

Kirsten Hammerstrom is the director of collections at the Rhode Island Historical Society.

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RI News
9:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

UPDATE: Hurricane Arthur Threatens 4th of July Celebrations

Hurricane Arthur's Projected Path
Credit National Weather Service

Hurricane Arthur has been downgraded from a category two to a category one storm as it makes its way toward New England.  The National Weather Service is still expecting between three and five inches of rain to hit Rhode Island.  A flash flood alert has been issued for the region and will be in place from noon until 2AM tomorrow morning.

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The Education Blog
9:16 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Gist: High Stakes Testing Moratorium Is A Delay

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island's Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is not giving up on efforts to link test scores to a high school diploma. Gist says a new state law barring the practice until 2017 is a delay, but she is still expecting the policy to take effect three years from now.

"While I'm disappointed about this because I feel confident that we are where we need to be to carry this out, I understand the decision," Gist told RIPR during an in-depth interview. "We are going to take a little bit more time, but what we're not going to do is lower our sense of urgency."

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:04 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help?

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit RIPR FILE

You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.

It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Peregrine Juvenile Falcons Recover From Hunting Crashes

These male peregrine chicks were born atop the Superman Building in the spring. One of young falcons died over the weekend while swooping, or practicing hunting. A second is recovering at a rehabilitation center.
Credit Courtesy of Peter Green via Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Over the weekend, two of the falcons born atop the Superman building in May crashed into a building downtown while they were swooping, or practicing hunting. 

The Born to Be Wild Nature Center is rehabilitating the falcon that survived the crash.

Jeff Hall from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is hopeful the injured juvenile falcon will make a full recovery. 

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RI News
2:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

TS Arthur Bringing Rain, Clouds To July 4th Celebrations

Forecasters say it’s a tossup whether the rain that will come with Tropical Storm Arthur will dampen parades during the day or fireworks at night. The National Weather Service is expecting the storm to move past us Friday into early Saturday.

Meteorologist Bill Simpson says the storm track puts Arthur about 100 miles east of Cape Cod, bringing winds of up to 40 miles per hour to mostly the Newport area. As for the rain, “could rain pretty hard for a short period of time, and that’s anytime during the day on the 4th. So the 4th doesn’t look too good,” said Simpson.

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