Rhode Island

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Governor Gina Raimondo meets Monday with critics and residents in Burrillville who oppose a proposed power plant. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is declining to take a position on the project.

Whitehouse says his input on the proposed natural gas fired plant could hinder a local decision.

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Providence Chief Operating Officer Brett Smiley will take over as Gov. Gina Raimondo's chief of staff, following the departure of Stephen Neuman, who stepped down to work on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Smiley joins Raimondo’s team after working for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza as the city’s chief operating officer since 2015.

Activists and protester have been marching since Saturday in opposition to the power plant and in anticipation of meeting with governor.

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The French Alliance of Newport expressed sadness after the deadly attack in Nice, France, which claimed the lives of more than 80 people. Crowds were mowed down by a truck during outdoor celebrations of Bastille Day in the coastal city, a vacation destination for many tourists.

French Alliance of Newport spokeswoman Polly Lyman said she found out about the attack following a local celebration of Bastille Day.

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Trinity Repertory Company is touring a new production of Romeo and Juliet this summer. The production is a first for the company; it’s being performed in both English and Spanish.  

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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 Providence Board of Canvassers has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on whether State Representative John Carnevale lives in his district. Carnevale has faced questions about his residency after a report by WPRI-TV showed him frequently visiting a house he owns in Johnston. He has denied the allegations.

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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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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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  The IYRS School of Technology and Trades breaks ground Friday on a new addition to its Newport campus. The facility will house a composite submarine systems program. IYRS started as a yacht restoration school but has recently expanded to train workers for other types of manufacturing jobs. IYRS’ Jill Levin coordinated the capital campaign for new building.

“I think it’s important because there is a working waterfront and it’s disappearing and for us to be able to recreate and continue this working waterfront here in Newport,” said Levin.

Audio Postcard: A Ride On The Providence-Newport Ferry's Maiden Voyage

Jul 8, 2016
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The ferry from Providence to Newport set sail last Friday, for the first time since 2009.

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  Rhode Island’s new online portal for programs like Medicaid and food stamps is set to go live mid-September. The new system will streamline the process for people seeking services. It could also impact some DHS employees.

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Eight acrobats, seriously injured during a circus accident in Providence, are now suing the Rhode Island Convention Center and the arena’s management company. The acrobats sustained injuries during a performance in 2014.

As the acrobats dangled from a steel truss some 20 feet in the air, a carabiner snapped, sending them hurtling to the ground. Eight female performers were injured, some had to learn how to walk again and several will never return to their former profession, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Providence.

Rhode Islanders Try To Beat The Heat, As Temps Climb Into The 90s

Jul 6, 2016
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The mercury has already climbed above 90 degrees in Providence. 

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Starting in September, every public school in Providence will designate teams to meet one-on-one with transgender students and their families. Providence Public Schools spokesperson Laura Hart said it’s part of a new policy aimed at making sure schools respect the rights of transgender and other gender non-conforming students.

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