Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

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After three nominations, Viola Davis won her first Oscar Sunday night. The Central Falls native won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fences,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will hold the first of three meetings with an Elections Task Force tomorrow. The task force will discuss cleaning up voter rolls and the handling of new voting equipment with the input of experts.  The group consists of State Board of Elections representatives, local election officials, and voters.

Rhode Island health officials will channel $1.4 million in the fight against substance abuse. Federal grant money will create five regional task forces to help prevent substance abuse. The task forces will also provide communities with resources to curb the existing opioid problem.

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 are joined by Dr. Peter Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Lifespan. The three discuss the proposed New England Medical Innovation Center on the former I95 land. 


When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m. on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.

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Courtesy Station Fire Memorial Foundation

Organizers of a memorial park commemorating the Station Nightclub fire have set an official opening date: Sunday, May 21st. The February 2003 blaze in West Warwick took the lives of 100 people, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history.

Fire survivor Gina Russo has been spearheading the project. She says there’s still work left to do at the site before the spring opening.

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found In RISD Dorm Bathroom

Feb 24, 2017
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A swastika made of human feces was found in a dormitory bathroom at the Rhode Island School of Design over the weekend. School authorities are investigating the incident as an act of vandalism and a potential hate crime.

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Sen. Jack Reed denounced the Trump administration's repeal of Obama era protections of transgender students and their bathroom use, yesterday.

Rhode Island Done With Winter? Not Quite

Feb 24, 2017
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The Ocean State had a week of unseasonably warm weather. T.F. Green Airport reported a record high of 65 degrees Thursday, beating the 1990 record of 60 degrees.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed held a meeting with constituents in Providence, Thursday. Some 100 people gathered to voice concerns over President Trump’s cabinet picks, recent executive orders, and Russian relations. Reed said he would continue to fight the administration, but offered few details of how exactly he might do it.


  Many small towns in New England are eager to welcome refugees from the war in Syria, but that doesn’t seem likely under President Donald Trump’s shifting immigration policy.

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US Attorney Peter Neronha joins Political Roundtable to discuss the persistence of corruption in Rhode Island; whether he plans to run for attorney general next year; and the challenges of curbing opioid abuse.

US Attorney Peter Neronha stopped by our studio Thursday to talk about 38 Studios, immigration, targeting violent crime, and more.


The National Education Association of Rhode Island  is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s repeal of federal guidelines on school bathroom use for transgender students. The organization says it will stand behind transgender students’ choices.

NEARI president Larry Purtill says it’s important to remember that Trumps’ action does not undo legal protections for transgender students. And it may not have an immediate impact in Rhode Island.

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The Rhode Island Department of Health reported drug-related deaths are on the rise in the Ocean State, Wednesday. The data released said there were over 326 drug overdose deaths last year compared to the 290 that occurred in 2015. Drug-related deaths have risen 30 percent since 2011.