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Cranston Councilors Press for Release of State Police Report Over Fung's Opposition

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is opposing the immediate release of a State Police review that found "deep problems" within the Cranston Police Department, including complaints about political interference by Fung and his staff. During a surprise appearance Monday night before the City Council, Fung defended his decision not to release the report he requested in January 2014, although he also avoided direct responses to the criticism in a letter summarizing the findings by State Police Colonel...
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Financing Completed For South Street Landing Project

More than six months after the ceremonial ground-breaking for a multi-use plan that includes remaking the South Street Power Station as a new state nursing center, financing has been completed for the $220 million South Street Landing project, according to the developer, CV Properties. “We’re very pleased to report that Wexford Science & Technology has become the capital funding source for the South Street Landing project," Richard Galvin, president of CV Properties, said in a statement. ...
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This I Believe Rhode Island: Racial Identity

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In recent months we’ve been saturated with painful, even agonizing, news of controversial police shootings, urban turmoil, and anger-filled standoffs.  Underneath it all, it seems, are nagging and remarkably complex issues of race.  For many this is the proverbial elephant in the room, although perhaps not the only elephant.  But race is not just a broad, abstract political and social issue.  For so many, it’s a deeply personal issue, as we hear from 13-year-old Rachael Romain.

Rachael Romain recently completed the 7th grade at the Gordon School in East Providence.  She lives with her family in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

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Months into her tenure as head of HealthSource RI, Anya Rader Wallack is still trying to undo a tangle of customer service problems.

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Governor Gina Raimondo signs a new law today giving disabled adults the opportunity to save money in a tax-free account.

The law recognizes that financial assistance is available for disabled, school-age Rhode Islanders. But disabled adults must sometimes rely on private funds to pay for expenses.

Michael J. Sepe, Cranton's longtime Democratic City Chairman, is running to be mayor in Cranston's November 2016 election. The move comes as Mayor Allan Fung faces the fallout of a State Police report criticizing management of the city's Police Department and the city administration.

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 speak with Ted Almon, president and CEO of The Claflin Company, a distributor of medical and surgical products. Almond is also a member of Governor Gina Raimondo's working group tasked with finding ways to reduce healthcare spending.

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Federal and state officials take a boat trip this morning to check out the start of construction on Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm. The project has broad support from environmental groups, fishermen, the Narragansett tribe, and others. But it’s a point of contention for Block Island residents.

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The 56th Newport Folk Festival is in full swing this weekend. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports from Fort Adams State Park.

A marching band played as fans waited to enter the Newport Folk Festival. The event sold out well in advance, so thousands turned out before the gates even opened,  eager secure a prime spot on the lawn at Fort Adams State Park.

Rhode Island-based band “Haunt The House” opened the festival with a heart-felt performance before a rapt audience, including family members, and local fans.

TGIF is back in the swing of RI politics after a relaxing summer break. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's dive in.

Live Audio From The 2015 Newport Folk Festival

Jul 24, 2015

Can't make it to the Newport Folk Festival? Listen to the stream right here.

Broadcast schedule below...

FRIDAY

(all times eastern)

11 a.m.: Haunt The House

12:25 p.m.: Bahamas

2:30 p.m.:The Lone Bellow

3:15 p.m.: Calexico

4 p.m.: The Tallest Man On Earth

5:05 p.m.: Heartless Bastards

5:50 p.m.: Watkins Family Hour

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SATURDAY

Brandon Bell, who won election in March as chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party, joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about the GOP outlook, Donald Trump, Governor Raimondo's job performance and much more.

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