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Environmental advocates are urging state legislators to amend the proposed budget, which includes language diverting $12.5 million from energy efficiency programs to the state's General Fund.

Dozens of environmental groups signed a letter that was sent to state lawmakers Wednesday expressing their concerns.

Cliff Wood, a former Providence city council member, director of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and longtime civic activist, has been appointed executive director of the Providence Foundation.

Wood takes over from current director Dan Baudouin, who is retiring after 24 years at the foundation. Wood has been involved for many years in Providence arts, economic development and park preservation efforts.

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In Rhode Island, Frank Williams is known as a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court. But among Civil War enthusiasts, he is known as an authority on all things Abraham Lincoln. He’s also the owner of a vast collection of more than 17,000 Civil War artifacts. He's now donating his collection to Mississippi State University.

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A beached humpback whale discovered dead several days ago in Jamestown is still lying on the rocks near the island’s southern coast. Scientists hoped to remove the whale's body Monday, but were unable due to the weather.

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would require anyone under a restraining order to surrender his or her firearms. 

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Once again, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering bills to legalize recreational marijuana. One of those bills wound up with a number that will have special meaning for anyone familiar with pot-smoking subculture.

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Rhode Island Superior Court will hear a case against Invenergy - the company proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Burrillville - and the Town of Johnston.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Hamlet

Jun 20, 2017

Imagine yourself as a high school English teacher trying to inspire your students to grapple with the complex nuances embedded in Shakespearean literature.  Not an easy task, you may be thinking.  But as many of us have come to know and appreciate, often decades post-high school, Shakespeare is chock full of profound insights and life lessons, if only we have the patience and persistence to delve into the Bard’s writings.   In this encore essay we hear how English teacher Chris McEnroe brings Shakespeare into his own life, along with those of his students. 

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The private Gordon School in East Providence has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual assault dating to the 1970s. 

According to a brief statement issued by the current head of school, the allegations involve several former students and a former faculty member. The school says no current administrators, faculty or staff were employed at the school at that time.

The school says law enforcement has been contacted, though it is unclear whether any criminal investigation has begun.

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Rhode Island lawmakers are scheduled to vote later this week on the new state budget.

But the $9.2 billion spending plan leaves a question about roughly $25 million dollars in cuts needed to balance the budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay says under the current plan, Gov. Gina Raimondo and her staff will have to find those savings.

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on an assortment of legislation Tuesday as the session reaches its final stretch.

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It’s now illegal to smoke in the center of downtown Providence. Last week the City Council voted to override the mayor, banning smoking on street corners and sidewalks. In downtown Providence Monday, some residents and workers shared their reactions to the ban.

Smoking a cigarette next to Burnside Park, Sarah Heistand said people should be able to smoke outdoors.

“You’re outside,” said Heistand. “I mean, what are you gonna do about the people that work down here? Where are they gonna smoke? I don’t think it’s right.”

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"Accidental Death Of An Anarchist" is an Italian play written by Dario Fo, a left-leaning playwright, loved by many, disliked by others. The Contemporary Theater in Wakefield has taken it on. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says the production surely has its moments.

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President Donald Trump has lost some of his support in Kent County since the election last November. That’s one of the findings in a new poll from Brown University’s Taubman Center.

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Social media continues its creep into every area of life. Once again, a Facebook post has become an issue in a Rhode Island lawsuit that has reached the Rhode Island Supreme Court, which has reinstated the unemployment benefits of a worker fired because of a social media post.

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