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Sulina Mohanty, chairwoman of the Women's Caucus of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, joins Political Roundtable to discuss heightened political engagement by women, why more has not been heard about harassment at the Statehouse, and how the Women's Caucus will address the looming clash between some women candidates and the Democratic establishment.

Sulina Mohanty, chairwoman of the RI Democratic Party's Women's Caucus, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss activism, the caucus' efforts, the impact of President Trump in Rhode Island and much more.

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The house where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south won’t remian in Providence, as some might have hoped. After a one-month display, the Rosa Parks House Project will be packing up June 3rd. 

Rhode Island’s largest state employee union, Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has ratified a three-year contract with Gov. Gina Raimond's Administration that provides pay raises of 7.5 percent over the life of the agreement.

J. Michael Downey, president of Council 94, said the final vote was an overwhelming 1,624 to 439. The raises area retroactive to January, 2018, he said.

The union represents almost 4,000 state workers. The contract also calls for changes in health insurance benefits that are expected to save money.

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Commercial fishing companies are against proposed changes to the Atlantic herring fishery management plan.

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AAA anticipates millions of drivers on the road this Memorial Weekend, and rising gas prices are not expected to deter travelers.

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Dozens of medical professionals and community groups are asking the Rhode Island Senate to delay a scheduled vote Wednesday on a bill to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

This I Believe New England: Searching for Roots

May 22, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you've noticed the proliferation of companies that offer us the opportunity to trace our genealogical roots. This burgeoning phenomenon seems to tap into a fundamental wish that so many of us have to understand our ethnic, racial, religious, and geographical origins. 

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If you face foreclosure in Rhode Island, you’re guaranteed a sit-down with your bank, to try and mediate a deal. But that guarantee is set to expire in July.

That has housing advocates and local leaders concerned that foreclosures will once again blight neighborhoods with abandoned properties. They’re pushing legislation that would extend the program, until at least 2023.     

Adopted in 2013, after the housing crisis, some 700 homeowners have avoided foreclosure as a result of these mediation session, according to Barbara Fields, director of Rhode Island Housing.  

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Over the first weekend in April, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 20 people for entering the country illegally in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.

Helping people cross the border illegally — or human smuggling — is something people take for granted on the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico. But it's also part of life on the northern border: Human smugglers and law enforcement are playing a cat-and-mouse game on the Vermont border.

Ciccolo Gets 20 Years For Planned Terrorist Attack

May 22, 2018
Department of Justice

A western Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to plotting a domestic terrorist attack. The 2015 plot never came to fruition. However, 25-year-old Alexander Ciccolo could've faced up to life in prison.

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On Tuesday, a clean water advocate will announce his plans to swim the entire length of Narragansett Bay. Christopher Swain will swim from Point Judith to Providence over the course of 2 weeks, in an effort to celebrate and protect the bay. His plan is to spend 2 to 6 hours a day in the water.

Donald J. Farish, who as president of Roger Williams University since 2011 has been credited with expanding programs and redefining the school for the 21st Century, plans to retire in June 2019 when his contract expires, the university’s Board of Trustees announced today.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition of “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance, 1850 to 1970.”

Gorham, an iconic Rhode Island company, projected uniquely American design  on the world stage. This exhibition casts a new light on the golden era of the Providence-based firm that was first established in 1831.

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Tax incentives approved Monday by the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. board -- including a previously announced agreement with submarine maker Electric Boat -- will create 2,000 jobs and about 1,000 more construction jobs, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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