Rhode Island

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Lewd comments made by Trump 11 years ago have led some congressional Republicans to back away from the GOP nominee. The head of the state Republican Party says he’s not worried that Donald Trump may hurt efforts to increase GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

State GOP Chairman Brandon Bell says Trump’s recently publicized remarks about women are indefensible and unacceptable. But Bell said local voters can separate Trump from the issues backed by Rhode Island Republicans.

Providence Planning Department

Urban planning think tank, Grow Smart RI, is applauding a plan from Providence officials to replace the interchange between Routes 6 and 10. The aging highway corridor cuts through several neighborhoods, and transportation advocates wanted to replace it with a pedestrian-friendly boulevard. The State Department of Transportation has proposed rebuilding the highway roughly as is.

Scott Wolf, head of Grow Smart RI, said the city’s alternative plan is an acceptable compromise.

The Providence Housing Authority is opening the wait list for Section 8 housing for the first timesince 1998. The list typically holds thousands of people.

The Section 8 voucher program allows residents to find their own rental housing and get a portion of the cost paid by the Providence Housing Authority.

John Bender / RIPR

Tuesday evening is the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement.  It comes this year during a presidential race that has highlighted division over religion, race and immigration.

As part of our series “Speaking Across Difference,” we meet two women working to bridge those divides


CHUCK: Rhode Islanders head to the polls in a few short weeks to vote in the presidential election and decide several local races and ballot questions. One of those questions is whether to invest  $50 million dollars into affordable housing. The bond is question seven on the November ballot, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender joins us now with more details. Good morning John.

JOHN: Hey Chuck.

CHUCK: So John, voters approved similar bonds for affordable housing in 2009 and 2012, worth a combined roughly $73 million. What happened to that money? 

Andrew Iacovelli/Burbage Theatre Company

Rhode Island's booming theater scene is in full pulse these days Which has lead Rhode Island Public Radio's  Bill Gale to double up.

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

This week, Dave and Mark speak with Steven King, the managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.

Now playing in theaters, the film "The Birth of a Nation," reclaims the title of a 1915 movie by D.W. Griffith, which remains highly controversial for its seemingly sympathetic portrayal of the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan, and its use of black face. The new film, from Actor and Director Nate Parker, tells the story of the Nat Turner Rebellion, a slave uprising in Virginia in 1831 that left scores of white men, women, and children dead.

How Providence is working to get more kids to school every day; and what happened to the $75 million Rhode Island spent in federal Race to theTop funding?  Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison looks for answers from Providence Superintendent of Schools Chris Maher on our weekly Bonus Q&A. Political reporter Ian Donnis returns next week.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Analysis by Rhode Island Public Radio finds urban and middle class students in Rhode Island have lower test scores than their peers in Massachusetts; and the state’s ambitious goal to improve 3rd grade reading skills in less than a decade. We discuss the top issues in public education on a special education edition of our weekly political roundtable. 

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Rhode Island’s tool for managing and planning activities in state waters has become a case study for the European Union. A couple of EU delegates have concluded a two-week visit to Rhode Island, meeting with the Coastal Resources Management Council, the University of Rhode Island, and other stakeholders in the community and in private sectors.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The White House is honoring a Rhode Island fisherman Friday for his work promoting sustainable fishing in the industry.

Chris Brown has been fishing for more than 35 years. He’s receiving the “Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood” award. 

John Bender / RIPR

The federal government is offering official approval for Rhode Island’s plan to toll commercial trucks on state bridges. The toll has generated opposition from the trucking industry and some businesses concerned about how the new tolls might impact the economy.

State Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti says the go-ahead from the federal government is the final step needed to move forward with the project.  The tolls will be installed in 13 locations, and 34 bridges so far are slated for repairs from the toll revenue.

National Weather Service

Rhode Island may feel only limited effects from Hurricane Matthew. The Category 3 storm left a trail of damage in Haiti and was moving toward the Bahamas on Wednesday.

Environmental Working Group

The carcinogen often referred to as the "Erin Brockovich chemical" is present in about two-thirds of the drinking water across the country, according to water testing data from the Environmental Protection Agency.