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Science Education In Action At Sea

A group of local science teachers got to see science in action aboard a research cruise this summer. They worked with scientists from the University of Rhode Island.
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No Decision Yet On How to Release 38 Studios Documents

Court officials met throughout the morning Monday without reaching a decision on how to distribute thousands upon thousands of pages of documents from the state's lawsuit over failed video-game maker 38 Studios. Superior Court Clerk Henry S. Kinch Jr. said the talks will continue, although it remains unclear for now when a process for making the information public will be established. Kinch said the delay is due in part to the need to catalog the huge volume of documents related to 38...
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Little information is available about what caused a steel structure to collapse Tuesday morning at Bryant University. But officials at Rhode Island Hospital say six workers transported there were all in good condition.

The financially troubled Coventry fire district is warning it will not be able to make its payroll this Friday. The district’s board meets Monday night, and could decide to lay off up to 14 firefighters. The district couldn’t completely fund its scheduled payroll last month, resulting in late pay.

The district currently relies of a fire tax levy from 9,000 Coventry residents. Fire District Board Chairman Frank Palin said that won’t be enough to cover costs. In June, district residents voted to dissolve the department rather than pay more taxes.

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed is in Ukraine this week, to monitor the continued conflict between that country and Russia. 

Reed says the simmering tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain a top security challenge for the U.S. and Europe. Last year Russia annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine, initiating an international conflict.

Reed has called on the Obama Administration to provide defense to Ukraine. Reed is the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  The U.S. Open starts Monday in New York, and there’s reason for Rhode Island tennis fans to pay attention other than Serena Williams’s bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Newport Historical Society

Dozens of historical reenactors gather in Newport Saturday to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots. The events were some of the first rumblings of the Revolutionary War.

Westerly residents are asking the town council to drop or modify a consent agreement it signed last year with the owner and tenants of a controversial quarry. 

A summer slowdown of news? Rhode Island's summer of 2015 will likely be remembered for two important releases of information -- the State Police report on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, and, more significantly, the unsealing of documents in the state's lawsuit over 38 Studios. As always, feel free to drop me a tip or your comments, and to follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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 sit down with Ximedica President and CEO Randy Barko. The medical device developer has just announced the acquisition of California-based Bridge Design.

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Rhode Island’s Attorney General is appealing to Superior Court to stop rate increases for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island customers, saying the rate hikes are too steep.

State Health Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Hittner recently issued decisions about how much health insurance rates could increase for 2016. Most increases were in the single digits.

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All the currently sealed court documents in the state's lawsuit over 38 Studios will be made public, Judge Michael Silverstein said Friday, although the timing of the release remains unclear for now.

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