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Political Roundtable: Vincent on Paiva Weed, Body Cams & Raimondo's Good Government Push

Jim Vincent, president of the Providence NAACP, joins Roundtable this week to discuss the transition in state Senate leadership, the impact that body cams might make on police-community relations, and Governor Raimondo's push for some good government measures.

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Reed Calls For Special Prosecutor To Probe Trump-Russia Ties

Sen. Jack Reed is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Russian interests and President Donald Trump’s campaign. Reed said in a statement that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California is too partisan to lead a credible probe into links between Russian interests and the president and his campaign advisers.

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The Providence Housing Authority will no longer automatically disqualify housing applicants with criminal convictions. Advocates say the longstanding policy hurt people trying to reenter society.

Under the new policy applicants for housing with a criminal history will be considered on a case by case basis. Old policy denied people with criminal histories up to ten years prior outright. The look-back period into an applicant’s background is now reduced from 10 years to five.

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s signature plan for free tuition at Rhode Island public colleges has generated opposition. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says she may have to make some changes to deal with the new statehouse landscape. (Advance copy of commentary that airs Monday).

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U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed announced Friday their opposition to Neil Gorsuch's U.S. Supreme Court nomination.

The move comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats announced their opposition to Gorsuch earlier this week.

Whitehouse shared many of his concerns about Gorsuch during a recent meeting in Providence.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management lifted its emergency shellfish closures Friday. The DEM reports parts of the Rhode Island Sound, lower Narragansett Bay, and lower Sakonnet River are no longer testing for high levels of domoic acid- a toxin harmful to humans.

Providence NAACP President Jim Vincent joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state of race relations in America and much more, including marijuana legalization and how local cities and towns are faring in diversifying their workforce.

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The Providence Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meets Thursday. The group is expected to consider changes to policy that bars housing applicants with criminal convictions. Advocates say current policy is unfair.

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State officials have released a draft of Rhode Island’s first comprehensive food plan. The strategy tackles food insecurity and seeks to market the state as a leader in various food industries.

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During an emotional farewell, state Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport announced Wednesday she's leaving the General Assembly after 24 years to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI).

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A group of Roger Williams University students who are studying abroad at the University of Westminster this semester have reported they are safe after the attack that left four people dead near Parliament in London.

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Rhode Island health officials are busy analyzing the potential impacts of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. Proposed funding cuts to Medicaid  - the health insurance program for the poor - could mean covering fewer people or reducing payments to health care providers.

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