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Will Gun Control Move Forward At The State Level? These Governors Think So

After the Parkland school shooting, many people are wondering whether elected officials will take action on gun control. A small group of Democratic Governors say they have a plan to do just that, even if there is no movement on the issue in Congress.

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Artscape: Re-imagining Gershwin, 'Porgy & Bess' and African-American Influence

In the summer of 1934, George Gershwin was staying in a cottage on Folly Island, South Carolina, working on his folk opera "Porgy and Bess." Gershwin had been inspired to compose the opera by the novel "Porgy." Written by white Charlestonian Dubose Heyward, the novel tells the story of black residents of Catfish Row in Charleston.

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This I Believe New England: Empathy

Feb 20, 2018
Scott Indermaur

  Empathy – real empathy – is a mysterious phenomenon.  The poet Walt Whitman wrote, "I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.” 

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With a campaign message challenging the status quo, Rhode Island Sen. Nicholas Kettle welcomed the attempt to bolster the state GOP's perennial uphill fight against the Democrats who run the General Assembly.

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In New England, New Hampshire is well known for tax-free liquor sales, which makes the Granite State a popular destination for out-of-staters looking to stock up on alcohol. 

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Police are investigating an anonymous threat to Durfee High School in Fall River that caused hundreds of students to stay home from school Friday. The Herald News reported that a student noticed a post on the social media app “SnapChat” warning students to stay home and threatening a “Florida pt 2” at the school, an apparent reference to last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

A junior at Durfee sent a screenshot of the original post- and a second threat - to the school principal, superintendent and other school officials.

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Tuesday marked the 15th anniversary of the deadly Station Nightclub Fire in West Warwick- the 2003 blaze which claimed 100 lives. This was the first anniversary survivors and their loved ones have had access to a memorial at the site.

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Top Rhode Island lawmakers are pushing legislation to rename T.F. Green Airport as Rhode Island International Airport, a shift designed to strengthen the Warwick airport’s recognition. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island state Sen. Nicholas Kettle pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he twice extorted a former legislative page to engage in sex in 2011.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The deadly school shooting in Florida last week highlighted concerns over how schools protect teachers and students. The Ocean State mandates school safety plans, in coordination with multiple agencies.

State law requires all public schools to create such plans with the State department of emergency management, state police and the state fire marshal. Those plans are required to include procedures for evacuation, sheltering and addressing medical needs.

Gabe Amo / Governor's Office

Governor Gina Raimondo’s senior advisor on drug policy, Tom Coderre, said all options should be on the table to deal with the state’s opioid crisis, including safe injection sites. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo's campaign has released a copy of a fundraising agreement reached last month between her campaign and the Providence Democratic City Committee.

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