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In a reaction to the attacks in Paris last Friday, some state lawmakers are sharing their views with Governor Gina Raimondo about whether Syrian refugees should be allowed into the state.

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The first batch of equipment for the Block Island Wind Farm towers will arrive by ship this week. The towers will be assembled at the Port of Providence.

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Rhode Island is gaining notice as a contender in the high-stakes battle over General Electric's possible relocation from Connecticut, thanks to the state pension overhaul spearheaded by Governor Gina Raimondo in 2011.

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Care New England has entered exclusive talks with Southcoast Health System, a southeastern Massachusetts chain of community hospitals, about a possible affiliation. If state and federal regulators approve the partnership, the combined organization would become one of the largest in New England.

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Test scores are due out this week for Rhode Island public school students who took the PARCC, a new standardized test linked to the Common Core standards for math and English. Rhode Island is part of a group of states that piloted the test last year.

Earlier this year millions of students took PARCC for real in about a dozen states. Roughly 75,000 students in Rhode Island took the test from 3rd grade to high school. Their scores will be the first glimpse at how the new test is working, and how Rhode Island compares to other states.


The Tiverton Town Council is slated to hold a public hearing Monday on Twin River’s Tiverton casino proposal. 

Twin River wants to build a two-story, 85-thousand square foot casino in a remote part of Tiverton very close to the Massachusetts border. The council may vote to support the plan, or it could wait to vote on it at another time.


Rallies and protests have erupted on college campuses across the country following racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri.   

Students throughout Rhode Island have responded as well, but At the University of Rhode Island, some students say the racial climate is less heated.

Still, senior Myles Holmes said there is a racial divide.

The group, the “Rhode Island Anti-war Committee” is planning a peaceful picket at an event attended by U.S. Senator Jack Reed Sunday in Providence. The group is calling on the lawmaker to push for a drawdown from international conflicts.

The group wants Reed to call for the removal of U.S. troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This year President Barack Obama announced that he would delay a planned drawdown of troops from Afghanistan.


A Dartmouth College student visiting Brown University for a weekend Latino Ivy League conference asserted that he was assaulted by a Brown campus police officer Friday evening outside a Spanish House event. 

Oh, the agony of interceptions, the pain of lost fumbles, the hurt of blocked punts and field-goal attempts, the ache of failed PATs.

Oh, the sting of ensuing defeat.

Rhode Island’s four college football teams, plus undefeated and nationally ranked Harvard, paid dearly for their errors on a blustery Saturday afternoon.

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The federal government has extended the deadline for fishermen to start paying for monitors to keep track of their catch.

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 Update:  The University of Rhode Island says it is in regular contact with study abroad programs to monitor the situation in Paris following a string of apparent terrorist attacks and maintain the safety of students. A total of 14 URI students were in Paris or other regions of France during the attacks on Friday night.

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 sit down with Taco Group Chairman and CEO John Hazen White, Jr.

Taco has recently begun the process of acquiring Italian company Askoll, a maker of high efficiency pumps. Hazen White describes the reasons behind the deal, and how Taco has been restructuring stateside for growth.  


Tourism has long been a foundation of Rhode Island’s economy. As Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration rolls out a new tourism promotion plan, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the state must include local tourism councils in any new initiative.

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