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Governor Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order aimed at improving the state’s criminal justice system. The governor has created a panel to review problems in the justice system.


The issues the group intends to tackle include racial disparities for prison inmates and other people who come in contact with the justice system. They’ll also look at addiction, mental health, and probation. Rhode Island had the third highest rate of people on probation in the country in 2013.

National Grid has filed an application (PDF) with the federal government to add facilities to its existing liquefied natural gas storage property in Providence.

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After Saturday’s 4th of July celebrations, Rhode Island’s Cape Verdean community celebrated its independence. Thousands of people gathered in India Point Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cape Verdean Independence.

The festival took over India Point Park in Providence with music, food, vendors, and politicians.

1st District Congressman David Cicilline, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and US Senator Jack Reed all took the stage during the day to wish the crowd Happy Independence Day. 


Rhode Island is in the midst of the most dangerous tick-season of the year. University of Rhode Island researchers say there are more of the insects this year than last year. The arachnids are most prevalent in May, but URI tick specialist Tom Mather, says mid-summer carries the highest risk.

“What we face now is a dangerous period, which is when nymphal-stage deer ticks are active, and these are ticks that are the size of poppy seeds, and they are loaded with pathogens,” said Mather.


Gay rights activists are asking how to re-focus their movement now that same-sex marriage is legal across the country. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Emily Wooldridge spoke with several Ocean State residents to find out what they think. She filed this audio postcard with the voices of Newport native Rodney Davis and his partner Brian Mills, Anthony Masselli and Providence Wendy Becker and her 12-year-old son.