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Pearl Nathan, long-time volunteer docent at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the namesake for the Museum's new coffee shop, Cafe Pearl, has died at the age of 103. 

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Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban the use of a treatment known as "conversion therapy" among minors. The therapy attempts to treat  homosexuality as if it were a mental disorder.

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Researchers at Brown University have helped advance a technology  that allows people to use a computer with nothing but brain power.  The project, dubbed BrainGate, is helping paralyzed people type faster and more accurately than ever before.

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A Syrian refugee is expected to arrive in Rhode Island in the coming days. This will likely be the last refugee allowed into the state before President Trump issues a new executive order on immigration.

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Monday marks the 14th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire, which took the lives 100 people in 2003. 

DEM Hosting Free Events During Feb. Vacation

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Students across the state have the week off, and the state’s Department of Environmental Management is promoting healthy living through a series of free events.

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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was invited by U.S. Sen. John McCain to the Munich Security Conference this weekend. One of the biggest think tanks of its kind, Whitehouse took the conference as an opportunity to discuss climate security and other security concerns.

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Monday marks the 14th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire, one of the deadliest fires in U.S. history. Survivors of the fire gathered Monday morning at the West Warwick site of the club to commemorate the tragedy. They also celebrated the near-completion of a memorial for those who perished in the fire.

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Sen. Jack Reed joined thirteen other senators in co-sponsoring a bill that would require President Trump to disclose financial conflicts of interest. The effort is designed to maintain transparency in the White House. Trump would have to publicly disclose any assets and liabilities when negotiating trade or readjusting tariffs with other countries. 

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The Partnership for Rhode Island, the new nonprofit with a stated goal of boosting economic development in the state, has hired New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign finance director, Tom Giordano, as its executive director, RIPR has learned.

Missed any of our stories about Johnston, Rhode Island? Let us take you there in this special hour from one of the nation's most Italian-American  towns.

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February is black history month, a time when we celebrate the contributions of African-Americans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that when it comes to the Rhode Island judiciary, there isn’t much to cheer.


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The days are getting longer. The General Assembly is back. And yes, the pols have been cooperating – from the White House to the State House –with the usual shenanigans.

The last Friday in February is fast approaching. Rhode Island political junkies know what that means – as the song trills – It’s Follies Time at the Veeeenusss  DeeMilo, the Veeenus….

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced he will vote against Scott Pruitt for head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The announcement comes as the Senate is scheduled to vote on Pruitt's nomination Friday.

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