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Rhode Island state and local government have grappled with police and firefighter disability pensions for many years. Now, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains, two recent  Rhode Island Supreme Court have gone against police and firefighters. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday.)

Scott Molloy, an emeritus professor at the University of Rhode Island, historian of all things Irish, author   and former Rhode Island labor leader, will lead the Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade as grand marshal.

Molloy was a longtime professor of labor and industrial relations at URI’s Schmidt Labor Research Center and has done voluminous research and written extensively about the Irish immigrant experience in the United States, and particularly Rhode Island.

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The Rhode Island Convention Center Authority will buy more than half of its power from a local renewable energy company by the end of this year. 


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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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A majority of University of Rhode Island students, faculty and staff support making the Kingston campus free of tobacco and electronic nicotine products.

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Trinity Rep continues its season with Shakespeare’s “Othello,” that great and always challenging story of action and reaction. 

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The film “Black Panther” is breaking records at the box office, thanks in part to fans excited to see a black superhero take center stage. And there’s a local effort underway to bring hundreds of Newport schoolchildren to see the movie.

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Across Southern New England, people ventured outside without jackets and scarves Wednesday, as temperatures climbed to record-breaking highs in some places.

According to the National Weather Service, Providence broke the record for February 21st around 2 p.m., when the mercury hit 64 degrees.

But National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Belk said the balmy weather was still a ways away from breaking the monthly record.

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Connecticut’s largest city has begun a pilot program to test body cameras for its police officers.

Bridgeport joins Rhode Island cities that have started outfitting police officers with body cameras. In Providence, patrol officers began wearing the cameras in 2017 after a pilot program. Some Newport police officers have also been equipped with body cameras.

How does a girl from Los Angeles prepare for a spot on the U.S. Women’s Bobsled Team? By playing volleyball at Brown, of course.

Four Olympics blogs as the end of the longest Winter Games in history comes into view:

Twenty years ago, the United States defeated Canada, 3-1, for the first women’s ice hockey gold medal in Olympics history. The scene on the ice that day wasn’t quite Lake Placid in 1980, but it was special nonetheless.

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In an unprecedented move, the Rhode Island Senate has scheduled an expulsion vote for Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry), who is accused of video voyeurism and extorting sex from a male Senate page in 2011.

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In a win for historic preservationists, Brown University is changing its plans for a new performing arts center. The proposal for a new building drew the ire of some community members in the city.

South Coast Schools To Receive New Funding For Puerto Rican Evacuees

Feb 21, 2018
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Schools districts in Massachusetts that have enrolled students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million dollars in new state funding.

Fall River and New Bedford are among the districts slated to receive a portion of the funding. According the New Bedford Mayor’s office, more than 150 new students have arrived in that city from Puerto Rico since the hurricane.

In Holyoke, the school district has already hired more people to help teach 185 student evacuees, including specialists in English as a second language and special education.

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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