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More Than A Third Of State Lawmakers Lack An Opponent For Re-Election

Forty-one of Rhode Island's 113 part-time lawmakers, or about 36 percent, have a free pass to another term in the General Assembly. Twenty-six state representatives and 15 state senators are seeking re-election without opposition from rival candidates, according to updated information from the secretary of state's office. Here's the list of legislators who are running unchallenged: Reps: Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence); Raymond Hull (D-Providence); John Lombardi (D-Providence); Scott Slater ...
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Sea Robin Anyone? Chefs Get Acquainted With Local Seafood

Rhode Island’s waters teem with tasty fish. But we’re not eating most of them. That’s partly because much of it gets shipped overseas, and partly because Rhode Islanders just haven’t developed a taste for fish many consider trash – or “bycatch.” A group of chefs, scientists, and fishermen want to change that.
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Your humble correspondent is back on the beat. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

The Republican National Convention that nominated Donald Trump is history. The Democratic convention that is poised to tap Hillary Clinton begins today. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes a look back at the Cleveland confab and a look ahead to Philadelphia. (advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday, July 25).

Donald Trump roared out of the convention with a gloomy flourish, depicting a faltering nation faced with a perilous world. His themes were the usual Trumpian boasts: that our country is threatened by illegal immigrants; trade deals that have eroded the lives of workers;   wars that have spilled American blood, wasted American treasure and produced disastrous results; and the streets of a nation rendered unsafe amid a bloodbath against police.

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With the start of the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, thousands of music lovers will pack Fort Adams State Park for the next three days. Then the following week, more people arrive for the Newport Jazz Festival.

As these festivals have grown in popularity, so too has the profile of the historic fort, which sat nearly empty for decades. Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender took a tour of the fort to find out how large crowds and popular festivals are changing the historic landmark.

Sam Bell, state coordinator of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the possibility of a progressive challenger to Gina Raimondo in 2018; the fight in RI over abortion rights; using subsidies for economic development and much more.

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Rhode Island’s economy remains in the doldrums. That’s the takeaway from the latest unemployment and jobs data released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Training

The state’s jobless rate inched up from 5.4 percent to 5.5 percent in June.  The good news is that the state gained 1,700 jobs. The bad news is that job growth remains sluggish, with a decline of 100 jobs in the first six months  of 2016.

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The doctor-turned-politician from Massachusetts is running for a second time as the Green Party presidential candidate. 

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Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse co-authored a major package of addiction legislation that just passed the House and Senate. It’s called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA. And it addresses a range of issues, from preventing addiction among student athletes to helping veterans avoid incarceration. But many of the measures it authorizes have yet to be funded.

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The FBI has seized about $810,000 in assets under the control of former state Rep. Ray Gallison, a Bristol Democrat, who stepped down in May as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

In an online posting earlier this week, the FBI revealed that it seized the assets under Gallison’s control. Some of the money was part of the estate of a friend of Gallison’s from Barrington who died in 2012. That individual, Ray Medley, had hired Gallison to handle the liquidation of his estate.

The city’s planning commission has approved a 21-megawatt solar farm, covering 60 acres. City planners say the solar panels will provide renewable energy. But some residents opposed the project. They say the solar farm will harm land that could be set aside for conservation. Douglas Doe, a neighbor of the property, said the project will harm visitors’ enjoyment of the nearby forests.  

“So anybody going to enjoy the conservation land that we paid for is going to be confronted by one chain link fence, a gravel road, and anywhere from 40-60,000 solar panels,” said Doe.

Island Moving Company

After a trip half-way around the world to Kazakhstan, Newport's Island Moving Company is home and holding it's annual Great Friends Dance Festival.

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