Rhode Island

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  Virginia Senator Tim Kaine will be back in Rhode Island this weekend, to raise money for running mate Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Kaine was in Newport when he got the call last month to be Clinton’s choice for vice president.

Senator Kaine will headline a fundraiser at the Newport home of Alma and Barrett Bready. Contribution levels run from $1,000 per person, up to $50,000.

Top local Democrats are hosting the event, including Governor Gina Raimondo, the state’s congressional delegation, and former Providence mayor and ambassador Joseph Paolino.

Warwick police contacted the state DEM's Division of Law Enforcement around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police reported the boat was found at Brewer's Marina in Warwick. The engine was running, and no one was aboard the vessel. The boat was damaged, and blood was found on the deck. Environmental police continue to investigate.

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The program is called Nine Yards, as in the "whole nine yards," and offers inmates with felony convictions workforce training and counseling while still incarcerated. When released the men in the program are offered transitional supportive housing to provide additional stability and a group environment.

Conducted by a Harvard PhD student, the report finds that men in the program, called 9 Yards, reduced their collective crime rate by 40 percent, as compared to men who did not participate in the program.

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The state Commerce Corporation is slated to meet Wednesday to consider incentives meant to secure General Electric jobs in Providence. Governor Gina Raimondo has said the incentives will not be paid until the jobs are actually created.

Plans were announced in June for GE to open a Providence office with about 100 initial new jobs. At the time, state officials said they expected $5.65 million in incentives, over 10 years, to be part of the deal.

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Rhode Island is the last state in the Union to celebrate Victory Day. The holiday has been a point of contention in the past.  The day celebrates the end of WWII, during the same month Japan surrendered. Some feel the holiday reflects an outdated relationship between Japan and the U.S., now important allies.

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  A judge in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island began hearings Wednesday in a lawsuit against the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, spurred by a local journalist.

Providence-based writer Phil Eil, says he’s fought for more than five years to obtain access to thousands of pages of public evidence from a pill-mill trial, about which he plans to write a book.

“I think it’s long overdue that the press and the public have access to the evidence, and I hope the judge will agree with that and say this has gone on long enough,” said Eil. 

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  Rhode Island is making headway growing high tech and advanced industry jobs. The state employs a little more than 40,000 full-time employees in advanced industries. Those are jobs in a wide range of areas, from software development and data crunching, to engineering and marine manufacturing.

All those jobs make up just eight percent of the region’s overall employment, but Rhode Island is growing the sector faster than the national average. In fact the state ranks 17th in annual growth for this sector.

Diabetes is on the rise across the country, but in Rhode Island, Latinos appear to face a greater risk.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay joins News Director Elisabeth Harrison to talk about her upcoming series on diabetes in Rhode Island's Latino community.

Camp Yawgoog, in Hopkinton Rhode Island, celebrates its centennial. The Boy Scout camp is the second oldest continuously operating Boy Scout camp in the country. Spokeswoman for the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America Kaitlin Curtis said many camp traditions haven’t changed in 100 years.

“But they’re also implementing more modern activities, such as robotics – that’s actually a merit badge that they can earn there now,” said Curtis. “So they’re modernizing to keep up with the 21st century, but also the core values are the same.”

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After 8 years and $16 million, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is welcoming students for the first time this weekend, as Rhode Island’s official sailing education vessel. Students aboard will work alongside a professional crew to learn about ocean navigation. Executive director of the Perry, Jess Wurzbacher said the students will be learning skills fast disappearing on the water.

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 chat with "Eat-Drink-RI” founder and president David Dadekian about the plan to develop vacant waterfront land in Providence into a year-round food and drink market.

Newport's Candy Store Cup Regatta Kicks Off Friday

Jul 29, 2016
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  12 sailboats, ranging from 70 to 200 feet long—up to four times as large as many of the boats docked in the harbor-- are slated to compete. Newport Shipyard owner Charlie Dana is organizing the event, and says he’s looking forward to the three-day competition.           

“These boats are big and spectacular looking,” said Dana. “We’ve got three in there that are over 200 feet. Just think of that coming down Newport neck. Seeing boats that as a young person I would’ve thought I would never see in my whole life time and now here they are out there on a race course.”

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian has emerged as one of the most durable Republicans in Rhode Island politics. He’s running for re-election again this year, and stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss a wide range of issues. 

One Of The Youngest Delegates At DNC Is A New Englander

Jul 28, 2016

 

The lineup this week at the Democratic National Convention is a star-studded cast, complete with sitting and former presidents, U.S. senators and lifelong political heavyweights. While Trevor Doiron of Jay, Maine, isn't among the most well-known delegates in Philadelphia, he is one of the youngest.

WBUR's Shannon Dooling caught up with the Clinton supporter at the arena and brings us this glimpse of a national political convention through the eyes of a teenager.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that up to 30 percent of former service members, from the Vietnam War to Iraq and Afghanistan, have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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