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Two Syrian refugee families now call Rhode Island home, which had caused fear and outrage for some government officials and community leaders. However, the Ocean State has a long history of resettling refugees and these families and individuals come from all over the world.

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The state is moving ahead with a new program meant to connect out of work Rhode Islanders with tech sector jobs. The Ocean State was among the states selected last year to take part in the federal Tech-Hire initiative.

Governor Gina Raimondo said more than 30 employers, including Hasbro and Citizens Bank, have signed on to take part in the Tech-Hire program.

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Scientists at the Narragansett Bay Commission are getting a new building at the Field’s Point campus. That’s where the wastewater agency will house labs with the latest technology.

Weeks after students staged a sit-in over allegations of racism on campus, Providence College has detailed plans to address the students' concerns. In a letter, college officials outlined proposed changes to faculty training and the college curriculum.

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Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union are expected in court today for a Rhode Island immigration case that began four years ago. It centers on Ada Morales, a North Providence resident who was detained by immigration officials despite being a U.S. citizen.

Lawyers on the case are seeking summary judgment to expedite the case as it moves towards a trial. ACLU attorney Jennifer Chang-Newell says the detainment violated Morales’ constitutional rights.

Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre is currently doing the Irish play “A Skull in Connemara.” It's a work infrequently done, certainly not as often as playwright Martin McDonagh's best, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” Bill Gale thinks he knows the reason why.

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The full House of Representatives voted in favor of putting the Tiverton Casino proposal on the November ballot in Rhode Island.

The initiative was also approved in Senate committee Wednesday. That companion bill is expected to go before the full Senate Thursday.

The House Finance Committee takes up legislation to put a Tiverton Casino proposal on the November ballot. The owners of Twin River in Lincoln hope to build an 85,000 square foot casino, complete with slot machines and table games, like poker and blackjack.

Will Ricketson / U.S. Sailing Team Sperry

  While former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee’s presidential campaign didn’t pan out, his daughter’s Olympic campaign is a different story.

Earlier this month, Louisa Chafee earned her spot on the 2016 Olympic Sailing Team. Chafee began sailing as a child, and went onto become a three-time All-American at Brown University.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Emily Wooldridge caught up with Louisa about her personal journey, and preparations for the Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Proposed Bill Aims to Prevent Head Injuries in Softball

Feb 29, 2016

Softball isn’t often in the news for causing head trauma, but local lawmaker Eileen Naughton thinks that is an oversight. The Democratic Representative from Warwick introduced legislation last week requiring Interscholastic League pitchers, first basemen and third basemen to wear protective facemasks.

Naughton is herself a former high school softball player, and she says that while people pay more attention to women’s sports than they did in her youth, dangerous injuries in girls’ athletics are still not getting the attention they deserve.

Latinos are the fastest growing population in the Ocean State, and a report out Monday finds they’ll make up a quarter of the workforce by 2040. But the group remains disproportionately unemployed and underemployed.

Using information culled from a study by the Economic Progress Institute, the Latino Policy Institute reports points to an unemployment rate for Latinos of 16 percent in 2014, compared to around 7 percent for the rest of the state.

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

This week, they’re joined by Cheryl Snead, the CEO and founder of Bannecker Industries of North Smithfield. Snead is also chair of the Women’s Enterprise Forum, which advises non-profit which works to foster and certify women-owned businesses around the country. The topic is growing opportunities for women to own their own business.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued Rhode Island a new wave of federal money to help fishermen affected by the groundfish disaster in 2013. That year, several key groundfish stocks in the Northeast were not rebuilding as expected, and it led to sharp reductions in catch limits.  To offset those losses, Northeast fishermen would receive nearly $32.84 million in three installments.  This latest round of money for Rhode Island, $705,658, is the final installment, bringing the state's total share to $2.65 million.

The Newport Fire Marshall begins an investigation into the fire that destroyed a historic mansion on Bellevue Avenue. No one was reported injured in the blaze, which began Thursday afternoon.

The fire broke out at the historic Stonor Lodge, a 9,000 square foot historic building, in the midst of a renovation.

Newport Fire Captain Phil Oliveira says the blaze had completely engulfed the building the time crews arrived on scene.

Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

The current play at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren features six women, all dressed in black, simply sitting on stage, scripts in hand, talking.

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Over the last nine years, a total of 54 men and women died during domestic violence disputes, according to a report by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Assault.

The vast majority of those 54 deaths were women, often at the hands of their male partners. Most of these homicides happened in the greater Providence area. Advocates hope the data will compel lawmakers to introduce tougher legislation against domestic violence.

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Assault director Deborah DeBare said the state needs better education on the issue.

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