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As the Rhode Island General Assembly session winds down, the political campaigns ramp up. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks this week about issues that aren’t getting enough attention from the pols.

Rhode Island’s political campaigns have had a desultory start, with politicians playing the thrust-and-parry game of tossing darts at each other. In the new political order fueled by relentless  feeding of the social media maw, the charges and counter charges come fast and furious.

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One of the most destructive insect pests of pine trees is expanding its range north. Scientists have found the southern pine beetle in Rhode Island. 

Brown University and a group of graduate students seeking to form a union have reached an agreement establishing terms for a possible union representation among graduate students at Brown, the university announced today.

The Carpionato Group contributed to the cost of a campaign mailer that supported Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in 2016.

The mailer was paid for by a group called Progress RI, which was chaired by Richard Ferruccio, the president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers. The mailer identifies the "only donors" as Tasca Automotive Group, Carpionato Group and Cardi's Furniture.

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President Donald Trump has revoked a national policy that promotes ocean health. 


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Rhode Island state Rep. Thomas Winfield (D-Smithfield), one of five remaining House members from an unusually large incoming class in 1992, is not seeking re-election.

Fred Bever / Maine Public Radio

Daytime Power Demand Dipped Below Night For A Moment — And New England Solar Advocates Are Cheering.

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In a significant breakthrough on an issue that has consumed attention in Rhode Island for years, the House Finance Committee is expected to vote Thursday in favor of legislation that could create a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket.

Bee Rally Draws Crowd At RI Statehouse

Jun 20, 2018
Avory Brookins / RIPR

Lawmakers and environmentalists spoke in front of a crowd of more than 50 people at the Rhode Island Statehouse Tuesday to raise awareness about declining bee populations. 

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A new civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston's federal court says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson detained an immigrant based solely on the man's immigration status — which is illegal under current law.

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In Connecticut, third- and fourth-graders study the history of their state. In many schools, students choose to research one person or event from an approved list. The people on that list have been mostly men, and all white.

This I Believe New England: Facing Demons

Jun 19, 2018
Scott Indermaur

How many of us have been tempted to rush to judgment when we come upon displays of ugly behavior, whether on the smartphone or television screen, during radio broadcasts, or up close and personal in our daily encounters?  We may wince when a spokesperson for the opposing political party opines in ways that seem completely irrational and designed to obfuscate.  Maybe we shriek when we're cut off by an aggressive driver, or curse when a neighbor blasts heavy metal music late into the night.

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From the rocks at the ocean's edge on Roy Carpenter's Beach, it's just a short walk up to the cottages. 

"There’s 21 houses total, 11 in this row and 10 in this row," Landowner Robert Thoresen said as he headed toward the first two rows on the left side of the property. 

The cottages in these rows are in a prime oceanfront location, but they won't be here for long. 

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DACA recipients living in Rhode Island now have the guaranteed right to drive and work. Governor Gina Raimondo is set to signed new protections into law Monday afternoon.

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New England’s shellfish farmers may soon have better protections for their crops.


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