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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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Is the scallop fishery well-managed? Most people, including scallop fishermen, scientists, and environmentalists, had the same answer: yes. 


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The Rhode Island governors’ race is getting underway. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the campaign’s negative start doesn’t bode well for voters seeking a serious discussion of state issues.


New Bedford Whaling Museum

As part of our series One Square Mile: New Bedford, we look at the “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World”, painted by New Bedford artists Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington. 


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Mike Goodman, executive director of the Public Policy Center at UMass-Dartmouth, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the evolution of New Bedford, the economic outlook for southeastern Massachusetts, and the impact of provincialism in the region.

UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center

Mike Goodman, director of the Public Policy Center at UMass-Dartmouth, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the popularity of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the outlook for expanding wind power in New Bedford, why RI students lag their peers in the Bay State, and much more.

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The Port of New Bedford is often touted as the most lucrative in North America. That’s thanks mainly to the popularity, and apparent abundance, of scallops. But the success of scallops may be masking hard times for other parts of the fishing industry.

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(This the second part of a two-part story. Read part one here.) 

Andrew Dillon has had a front row seat to the opioid epidemic in New Bedford. His diner is a favorite for local fishermen.

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The harbor is one of the largest EPA Superfund sites in the country, and a reminder of the city’s industrial waterfront.  


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Common Cause of Rhode Island executive director John Marion said a fundraising agreement between Governor Gina Raimondo and the Providence Democratic City Committee does not appear to violate any laws or ethics guidelines.

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(This is the first part of a two-part story. Read part two here.)
 Commercial fishing consistently ranks as one world’s most dangerous jobs, which may help explain why fishermen have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. 

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