Rhode Island

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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Wednesday night State Police invited the public to tell them how to do their jobs better. More than 70 community members showed up at Roger Williams University's Providence campus to engage in that dialog. Police brutality was a top issue, but participants pointed to the bigger issue: racism.         


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  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders met with Rhode Island delegates Wednesday morning. Sanders is working to convince his most ardent supporters to vote for the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But many remain unconvinced. When she received the nomination Tuesday night, some Sanders delegates walked out.

In the Ocean State, Sanders won the primary by some 10 percentage points. Rhode Island Sanders delegate Lauren Niedel said many delegates like her are still waiting to hear Clinton’s speech before deciding whether to support her.

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Update: Bill Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson to attend Weiner funeral Tuesday at Temple Beth-El in Providence at 11 a.m.

Mark Weiner of East Greenwich, a confidante of Hillary and Bill Clinton, former Rhode Island state Democratic chairman, and top fund raiser for the Democratic Party, both nationally and in the Ocean State, has died after a battle with cancer. He was  62.

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The report highlights the importance of headwater streams to the health of the bay. These small bodies of water feed into the bay, and stretch as far north as Worcester, Massachusetts. These feeder streams can be polluted by agriculture and runoff from parking lots and roadways.

Watershed Counts spokeswoman Nicole Rohr said pollution can flow from the streams into the Bay.

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  After two years heading the Naval War College in Newport, Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe III is heading to the CIA. He hands the reins to Rear Admiral Jeffery Harley. Naval college spokeswoman Barbara Mertz said the elaborate ceremony is steeped in tradition dating back hundreds of years in Naval history.

“You have an arrival of official party, then you do honors, parading of colors, national anthem,” said Mertz. Then they’ll read their orders, saying ‘I relieve you as commander,’ ‘I take responsibility,’ ‘I stand relieved that type of thing.’

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With the start of the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, thousands of music lovers will pack Fort Adams State Park for the next three days. Then the following week, more people arrive for the Newport Jazz Festival.

As these festivals have grown in popularity, so too has the profile of the historic fort, which sat nearly empty for decades. Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender took a tour of the fort to find out how large crowds and popular festivals are changing the historic landmark.

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The doctor-turned-politician from Massachusetts is running for a second time as the Green Party presidential candidate. 

The city’s planning commission has approved a 21-megawatt solar farm, covering 60 acres. City planners say the solar panels will provide renewable energy. But some residents opposed the project. They say the solar farm will harm land that could be set aside for conservation. Douglas Doe, a neighbor of the property, said the project will harm visitors’ enjoyment of the nearby forests.  

“So anybody going to enjoy the conservation land that we paid for is going to be confronted by one chain link fence, a gravel road, and anywhere from 40-60,000 solar panels,” said Doe.

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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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