Who Got What They Wanted From The First Clinton-Trump Debate?

You could see the contrast in the eyes of the respective candidates' spokespersons, surrogates and family members after the first presidential debate of 2016 had wrapped.As always, earnest efforts were made on both sides to claim victory — even insist on it — after the nationally televised clash between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump."Trump was especially strong on the issues in the first 45 minutes," said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski...
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Will Legalizing Marijuana Create Modern Bootleggers Across New England?

States that have legalized marijuana are contending with a new criminal tactic - smugglers who grow and process it for export to states where it remains illegal - and worth a lot more. Colorado is the epicenter of the phenomenon, and it’s popping up in Oregon and Washington too. As Maine, Massachusetts and Canada consider legalizing recreational marijuana, the question arises - will the Northeast see a wave of new-age bootleggers? During the Prohibition era, it was whiskey being run from...
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This I Believe Rhode Island: Ocean

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It's no secret that water is central to life in the Ocean State.  Narragansett, Greenwich, and Mt. Hope Bays; myriad rivers and lakes; and Block Island Sound, our gateway to the Atlantic Ocean.  Muscular ship building, the gentle mainland-to-the-island ferries, riverboat cruises on the Blackstone.  For many of us, our connection to water defines who we are as Rhode Islanders in ways that are not possible in land-locked states.  The famed New England poet E.E.

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Fewer than one in three Rhode Island students is proficient in science, according to results from the most recent round of state science testing. Scores for 8th graders have shown no gains since the state began administering the test in 2008.

Some 30,000 students in grades 4, 8 and 11 took the test, known as the NECAP Science Test, in May. Roughly 29 percent scored proficient or better, a slight decrease from last year.

Average scores were better for elementary students than for middle or high school students, but no districts reported significant gains this year.

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Listenwise helps teachers use stories from their local public radio station with students in their classrooms. Working with RIPR we identify relevant local news stories, design and develop classroom resources around them and make them available for free on the Education Blog. If you want to find more public radio stories and lessons for your middle and high school ELA, social studies, and science classrooms you can sign up for a free account!

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Here’s what’s happening in health care in Rhode Island.

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A Kansas City design firm, Pendulum Studio, has been selected to study the future of McCoy Stadium and the area around the ballpark. The company is supposed to releases its findings by the end of next January.

The study by Pendulum Studio is meant to develop a plan and cost estimates for enhancing McCoy Stadium and the surrounding area. Many fans love the 74-year-old ballpark, but attendance for the Triple A PawSox has declined over recent seasons.

Nathan Carman – a 22-year old man lost at sea for eight days – is in stable condition according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Carman and his mother Linda departed by boat from Point Judith in Narragansett, last Saturday.

Carman was found aboard a life raft 100 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard by a passing freighter, says Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Nicole Groll.

“Apparently he had food and water on his life raft, and that played a key factor in his being able to survive for so long,” said Groll.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez made a stop in New Haven, Connecticut to make what he called, a house-call. He was checking in on an ex-offender reentry program supported in part by the federal government. It helps those formerly incarcerated prepare for jobs once they’re released back into the community.

Secretary Perez heard from about a half dozen inmates at the New Haven Correctional Center. They’re part of an on-site program with a goal to prepare people like Liam Daly, from Groton, CT to get out with a plan and hopefully a job at the end of his sentence.

Ready to Learn Providence, an education nonprofit, is working to regain funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The nonprofit has already laid off five employees and expects another round of layoffs next week.

Federal education officials put a hold on $1.5 million of the nonprofit's funding following allegations of embezzlement at Ready To Learn's parent organization, The Providence Plan.

Ready to Learn runs early childhood education programs in the Providence Public School system. 

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Rhode Island-based nonprofit, The Providence Plan, is handling fallout from the discovery of embezzlement by its Finance Director Charles Denno. 

Denno, who allegedly had a gambling problem, is under investigation for the disappearance of at least $600,000 over a four-year period. 

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