The days are dwindling in the most caustic and presidential campaign in modern history. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if  we can learn some lessons. (Advance copy of commentary to air Monday).

In the twilight of the most unenlightening campaign anyone can remember, we can dwell on the many mistakes. Or we can look for lessons. Democrats and  Republicans and can learn an awful  lot.

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 speak about the offshore wind energy project in the waters off Block Island, and the future of healthcare in the state. The wind energy project is the first of its kind in the nation, and is now in its testing phase.


The presidential election is now a little more than two weeks away, and we’ve been hearing from various voters across the nation and the state. Millennials – people now in their twenties and thirties – remain a coveted voting bloc.

As we continue our Rhody Votes ’16 election coverage, we bring you the voices of local college students at Brown University and Rhode Island College weighing in on the presidential race, and the issues they’re most concerned about.

URI President David Dooley joins Bonus Q&A this week to talk about college affordability, the status of Wexford Science & Technology's proposed life-science park in the I-195 District, URI's role in helping the state's growing Latino community, and more.

The 15-foot-long telescope at Ladd has helped Rhode Islanders witness many cosmic events. David Targan, Ladd’s Director, said the observatory remains much as it was when it was built in the Victorian era, so visitors can still see what it was like to look at the night sky in 1891.

“There are observatories all over the world but none or very few that are as well preserved, I would say, from that era as Ladd,” said Targan.

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Ahead of the presidential election, we’ve been hearing from voters across the country and the state. Analysts have remarked on the heated rhetoric of this year’s elections; specifically language used to describe immigrants, refugees and Muslim Americans. 

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Accessing mental health care can be tough for kids in Rhode Island. There’s a shortage of practitioners and programs and a growing need for care. This week on The Pulse, we explore how schools and communities are bridging some of the gaps, bringing mental health services right into the school building.

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The nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island is in the middle of its testing phase. It’ll start producing electricity next month. Delegates from various federal Sea Grant programs around the country got a boat tour of the turbines to learn how the Ocean State got this project done. 


Citing the city's tight financial picture, Finance Committee members decided Tuesday to withdraw support for a $40 million infrastructure bond proposed by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. 

The money was intended for several projects including street and sidewalk repairs, as well as improvements to city sewer systems and parks and recreation facilities.  

Members opposing the measure cited unfunded pension liabilities for retirees, and a poor rating from the credit ratings agency Moody’s.

The parent-child relationship is so very complicated. Inevitably, its texture seems to change over time, rarely in linear fashion.  Most of these relationships are filled with a complex mix of joy, devotion, frustration, commitment, irritation, ecstasy, celebration, and, yes, sporadic fits of anger.  Such is life, no?  As we age, as children become parents, and often caregivers for their own parents, our understanding of this most fundamental relationship evolves, sometimes in unexpected ways.  This we hear from John Minahan. 


John Minahan teaches English and Psychology at the Lincoln School in Providence.  Minahan is a former professional musician and college instructor who lives in Providence.  

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African Americans in Rhode Island are disproportionately affected by drug laws, according to new report from the American Civil Liberties Union and the nonprofit Human Rights Watch.

The numbers – culled from national 2014 law enforcement data – show black residents in Rhode Island are nearly three times more likely to be arrested for drug possession than white residents.

According to ACLU of Rhode Island’s policy analyst Hillary Davis, that’s despite an overall drop in arrests for drug crimes in the state.

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Curt Schilling said Tuesday he was surprised to learn in 2010 that most of state reps voting on a $125 million job development program were unaware that a big chunk of the money was "earmarked" for 38 Studios.

Do you and a close friend or family member disagree about the presidential election? How do you handle conversations at the dinner table or the hardware store when they turn political? What about social media? We want to hear from you! Email your stories of the 2016 presidential race to


Our Rhody Votes 2016 coverage continues, with a look at Ballot Question 2, the Rhode Island Ethics Commission Amendment. It asks voters whether to restore the Commission’s jurisdiction over General Assembly members. 

Public Doman

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island: