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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 Karl Wadensten, President of Vibco Vibrators, based in Wyoming, RI. The company manufactures industrial vibrators, used on large scale constructionand agriculture projects. Wadensten is also a board member of the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. Like the rest of the country, the business community is watching to see what a...

John Bender

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted residents Wednesday night concerned about the future under President-elect Donald Trump.

The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to raise tuition at Rhode Island’s three public colleges and universities. The increases would be small, but they will still have an impact on students and their families, and on state efforts to increase the number of college graduates.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said she's not sure what to expect from the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, although she's concerned about the possible repeal of Obamacare, likes Trump's plan to boost federal infrastructure spending, and vows that Rhode Island will protect the civil rights of its citizens.

Epic Theater

Rhode Island is currently enjoying a theatrical surge. New theater companies have arrived, often with plays – and ideas – that are far from the usual. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale has checked in on a couple now performing works that you are not going to see everywhere. “ The Flu Season” continues at the Burbage Theater through December 3 rd . James Franco and Me continues at the Epic Theater through November 27. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.

Back by popular demand, Rhode Island Public Radio is planning the next installment of our series "One Square Mile." There's just one question... Where should we go next? So far our reporters have fanned out to Central Falls, West Warwick, Newport, Burrillville, Narragansett Bay, Woonsocket, Bristol and Block Island. You can find the stories here . We've looked at everything from local history, folklore and food traditions to the latest local controversies. The next series could focus on any...

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. How the changing legality of marijuana affects job searches and employee screenings? That’s the subject of this week’s segment, where Dave and Mark speak with Christine Cunneen, CEO of the firm “Hire Image” of Johnston. The firm is a provider of background screening, drug testing for businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations....

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Festival Ballet in Providence concludes its "Up Close on Hope" series of programs on Friday and Saturday nights, with a unique collaboration between choreographer Ty Parmenter and storyteller Valerie Tutson. The pair teamed up to produce an original dance set to the spoken word piece "How We Got the Stars." Originally a story told by the Zulu people, Parmenter has created a dance for four dancers choreographed to Tutson's telling of the story. Parmenter and Tutson spoke to Rhode Island Public...

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On this Veteran’s Day, columnist Bob Kerr shares his experiences as a volunteer driver for veterans. Kerr says it’s the conversations he cherishes, even more than the satisfaction of delivering a vet safely to his or her destination.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Police departments in our region and around the country are scrambling to respond to the opioid addiction crisis.

A spate of high profile police shootings have drawn attention to the way police respond to people dealing with mental illness.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

All you needed to know about yesterday’s election in Rhode Island was on display last night at the Garden Room at Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, the ancestral home of Democratic Party election bashes for generations. By 10:30, the room was a morgue. Gov. Gina Raimondo was gone and U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline were nowhere to be found. Seth Magaziner, the state treasurer whose family is close to Hillary Clinton, was MIA or in witness protection. Looking for state...

Elisabeth Harrison

This week, in our RhodyVotes ’16 election coverage, we aired a conversation with Republicans about why they do, or do not, support Donald Trump. One piece of the conversation ended up on the cutting room floor, but it raised interesting questions about immigration. We’re going to spend a few minutes discussing those comments now. During the taping of our roundtable discussion with Republicans, Donald Trump’s Rhode Island Campaign Chairman, State Representative Joe Trillo, raised the issue of...

John Bender / RIPR

Preliminary results for Rhode Island's General Election show Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump. A ballot measure for a casino in Tiverton appears headed for passage. And voters have approved bond issues for port upgrades, green space, the state Veteran's home and construction at the University of Rhode Island.

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