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Charges Against Sen. Kettle Contrast With Profile Of Self-Described 'Political Dork'

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. Using a play on words on his last name, the Republican candidate vaulted onto Smith Hill by asking voters: "Steamed up about RI?" Kettle squeaked into the legislature at age 19 in 2010, winning a primary over incumbent Sen. Leo Blais by 23 votes, and he won re-election to three more...

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NH Lawmaker Says State Liquor Commission Aiding Cross-Border 'Money Laundering'

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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Lillian Calderon, the woman who was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month, was released to her husband Tuesday and returned to Rhode Island.

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Before he pleaded guilty to flouting federal catch limits and smuggling money, Carlos Rafael, nicknamed "the Codfather," controlled the largest groundfishing fleet that sailed out of New Bedford. How are the city’s fishing industries moving forward after the trial? What does the future hold for groundfishing and other fisheries? What are the biggest promises and challenges? What lessons can be learned from Carlos Rafael?

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In a split decision, The Rhode Island Supreme Court has decided that the state Retirement Board was entitled to question a tax-free disability pension paid to a former Cranston police officer who objected after his pension was cut by the state.

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The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint over a fundraising agreement between Governor Gina Raimondo and the Providence Democratic City Committee.

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Larry and Loretta are my neighbor’s cats. And they love their canned cat food. To understand why just read the ingredients on the label. Ocean white fish. Fish broth. Tuna. Those ingredients are actually fish by-products. Fish guts. Fish  livers. Fish intestines. Fish skins. They’re what fish processors like Bergie’s Seafood in call “trash.”


Darn It!

Darn It! Inc. is a company that has thrived because of  -- rather than in spite of -- the overseas manufacturing that has put so many American textile companies out of business.

As part of our series “One Square Mile: New Bedford,” Darn It! founder and president Jeff Glassman told RIPR's Dave Fallon what the company does, how it came to be, and why he's optimistic about New Bedford.

There was a lot going down in Providence this week, so that's a good place to start Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Classical High School, Providence’s by examination secondary school, is holding a 175th birthday party on March 20th.

The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team continues to shine. In what has become a special season, the Dan Hurley-coached Rams are drawing national attention, always a plus in the run up to the NCAA tournament and March Madness.

URI is ranked 18th nationally in the Associated Press weekly poll and 19th in the USA Today Coaches poll. That puts Rhody on top of such perennial college basketball royalty as North Carolina (22nd in AP) and Kentucky (24th in AP).

Those of us of a certain age recall when Republicans were the party of fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets. They were guys who wore horn rimmed glasses, charcoal suits and skinny ties and went to the Rotary and Lions. On Sunday mornings, they were in church or on the golf course. They all liked Ike, except for a few National Review-reading conservatives who wanted smaller government and thought Eisenhower was running  a “Dime-store New Deal.”

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