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Raimondo: Trump Says Feds Will Focus On Crime By Undocumented

Governor Gina Raimondo said President Trump tells her the federal government will not go after otherwise law abiding undocumented immigrants, and will focus instead on those who commit crimes. Raimondo said Trump made the assurance Monday morning while meeting with members of the National Governors Association. “And we pressed him, and we said, 'so can we go back and tell law-abiding undocumented citizens you’re not going after them, not going to be doing random raids on them,' and he said, ...

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Facing Change: Vietnamese Poet Connects Refugee Experience To Syrians

More than a million Vietnamese came to the U.S. as refugees in the years after their civil war ended. More than 65 thousand Vietnamese make New England home. Now another massive wave — dislocated Syrians — are seeking safety.

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Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

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After three nominations, Viola Davis won her first Oscar Sunday night. The Central Falls native won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fences,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will hold the first of three meetings with an Elections Task Force tomorrow. The task force will discuss cleaning up voter rolls and the handling of new voting equipment with the input of experts.  The group consists of State Board of Elections representatives, local election officials, and voters.

Rhode Island health officials will channel $1.4 million in the fight against substance abuse. Federal grant money will create five regional task forces to help prevent substance abuse. The task forces will also provide communities with resources to curb the existing opioid problem.

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 are joined by Dr. Peter Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Lifespan. The three discuss the proposed New England Medical Innovation Center on the former I95 land. 


When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m. on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.

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Courtesy Station Fire Memorial Foundation

Organizers of a memorial park commemorating the Station Nightclub fire have set an official opening date: Sunday, May 21st. The February 2003 blaze in West Warwick took the lives of 100 people, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history.

Fire survivor Gina Russo has been spearheading the project. She says there’s still work left to do at the site before the spring opening.

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Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steve Pare doesn’t want city police used as deputy immigration  agents. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says Pare’s stance makes sense.

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found In RISD Dorm Bathroom

Feb 24, 2017
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A swastika made of human feces was found in a dormitory bathroom at the Rhode Island School of Design over the weekend. School authorities are investigating the incident as an act of vandalism and a potential hate crime.

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Sen. Jack Reed denounced the Trump administration's repeal of Obama era protections of transgender students and their bathroom use, yesterday.

Rhode Island Done With Winter? Not Quite

Feb 24, 2017
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The Ocean State had a week of unseasonably warm weather. T.F. Green Airport reported a record high of 65 degrees Thursday, beating the 1990 record of 60 degrees.


Public Forum: "When a Blue Town Turns Red"

February 28 : 6-8pm @ Johnston Muni Courthouse

Editorial by RIPR's Torey Malatia About the Acquisition of 89.3FM WUMD

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