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Raimondo Says RI Is Getting Stronger; GOP Disagrees; Outlook Uncertain On Free Tuition Plan

With her term as governor half-way over, Gina Raimondo used her latest State of the State address to assert she's steering Rhode Island in the right direction and to tout a series of initiatives that could bolster her support among middle-class voters. Raimondo began her third State of the State address by describing a success story: a young man named Christopher who wound up in a state training program after dropping out of CCRI. "Today," she said, "Christopher is employed full time in a...

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The roughly one million residents of the Ocean State traveled such diverse paths to get here.  Many started their journey in the Women and Infants Hospital delivery room.  Others of us got here by way of college admissions letters, the immigration field office in Providence, or marriage proposals.  And some of us discovered, perhaps by happenstance, that the reason to set down roots in Rhode Island is that this remarkably unique state offers something irresistible, an alluring, seductive confluence of topography, culture, aesthetic contrasts, and a deep sense of community.  Llewellyn King traveled the world before settling here, and brims with appreciation.  


Llewellyn King left school in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to become a journalist when he was 16. He has been at it ever since, having worked on newspapers in London and the United States, as well a having a parallel career in broadcasting and publishing. He has worked for BBC in London, The New York Herald Tribune and The Washington Post.  He now produces and hosts the PBS program "White House Chronicle" and is a syndicated columnist.

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The first legislative committee hearing of the year is slated for Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss the appointment of Ann Assumpico as head of the State Public Safety Department.

This past November, Governor Gina Raimondo named Assumpico the first female head of the State Police. As Director of Public Safety Assumpico will head the agency that oversees the Capital Police, the State Fire Marshall, and Police training Academy, in addition to the State Police.

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A more than 30 year old missing persons case may be solved. Rhode Island State Police believe they have in custody a woman who allegedly abducted her daughters from Warwick in 1985.

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Longtime Latino political activist and educator Victor Capellan is stepping down as chairman of the Providence City Democratic Committee. In a news release, Capellan said he is focus on his position as school superintendent in Central Falls.


National Grid is withdrawing its application for the project informally known as the pipeline tax.

Barring an Ivy League championship next fall, the highlight of Brown University’s football season will be the Nov. 10 game against Dartmouth at Fenway Park. That’s right, Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Red Sox.

The Bears and Bruins will kick off on Friday night as the first of three college football games scheduled for the 104-year-old ball park during the 2017 season. The University of Massachusetts and the University of Maine will play on Saturday, Nov. 11, and the University of Connecticut and Boston College will meet a week later on Saturday, Nov. 18.

New lawmakers are settling in, and Governor Raimondo is getting ready to unveil her latest budget. So the political year is starting in earnest, paving the way for the 2018 campaign season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can 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 Dave and Mark discuss Rhode Island’s current business climate, which seems to be slowly improving, but not yet recovering from the Great Depression. They jump off with the monthly economic report from University of Rhode Island professor Len Lardaro.

They also talk about new companies coming to Rhode Island, as well as the struggles to start as small business in the smallest state.

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After eight years in the White House, President Barack Obama is waving goodbye. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay recalls the first time he met Obama, back in 2007, when he was campaigning for the New Hampshire primary.

Bryant University hired a new football coach this month, and thanks to the generosity of two trustees, he will send his players on to a new artificial turf, lighted field next season.

Bryant will be the first of Rhode Island’s three Division I programs to play home games on artificial turf with the option of playing night games. The University of Rhode Island and Brown University play on grass, and Meade Stadium at URI and Brown Stadium in Providence do not have lights. Brown has rented portable lights for one game per season in recent years.


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