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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. This week Mark and Dave chat with "Eat-Drink-RI” founder and president David Dadekian about the plan to develop vacant waterfront land in Providence into a year-round food and drink market.

The campaigns for the Rhode General Assembly are underway.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why change comes at a snail’s pace to the Statehouse. (advance copy of commentary set to air on Monday).

While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.

The September primaries –where the crucial decisions are made – are only about a month away. This was the year Republicans vowed to make inroads on the huge House and Senate Democratic majorities. Yet the way things are turning out, this isn’t going to happen, unless you believe in leaving the lights on for Jimmy Hoffa .

Now Here This: Repeat After Me

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This story comes from a new partnership between Rhode Island Public Radio and Now Here This, an audio storytelling group at Brown University. On the last Friday of every month, we’ll bring you a new story.

Today we meet a woman who came from Botswana to attend Brown University. But she encountered a problem: almost no one in the U.S. can pronounce her name. Mitchell Johnson from Now Here This produced the story.  

Got a comment on this story? A question? A new idea? We want to hear from you! Send an email to nht@ripr.org.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian has emerged as one of the most durable Republicans in Rhode Island politics. He’s running for re-election again this year, and stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss a wide range of issues. 

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss the residency case featuring state Rep. John Carnevale; the presidential battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; and the outlook for GOP legislative candidates.

Democrat Hillary Clinton got some good news from Pennsylvania today with a Suffolk University public opinion survey showing her up 9 points in the Keystone State over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election.

In a four –way contest with Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson the mix, Clinton led Trump, 46 to 37 percent. Johnson got 5 percent and Stein was at 3 percent with 9 percent undecided.

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Summer is the season for festivals here in Rhode Island, and heading into this last weekend in July, two festivals are offering very different experiences.

One Of The Youngest Delegates At DNC Is A New Englander

Jul 28, 2016

 

The lineup this week at the Democratic National Convention is a star-studded cast, complete with sitting and former presidents, U.S. senators and lifelong political heavyweights. While Trevor Doiron of Jay, Maine, isn't among the most well-known delegates in Philadelphia, he is one of the youngest.

WBUR's Shannon Dooling caught up with the Clinton supporter at the arena and brings us this glimpse of a national political convention through the eyes of a teenager.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that up to 30 percent of former service members, from the Vietnam War to Iraq and Afghanistan, have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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The President of the New Haven Connecticut Police Union calls it disheartening that the city’s police chief has been put on paid leave after another outburst.

Chief Dean Esserman, the former Providence police chief, has been accused of berating a waitress at a local restaurant. Esserman was known to make similar angry outbursts during his time in Rhode Island.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Wednesday night State Police invited the public to tell them how to do their jobs better. More than 70 community members showed up at Roger Williams University's Providence campus to engage in that dialog. Police brutality was a top issue, but participants pointed to the bigger issue: racism.         


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The two-member Providence Board of Canvassers split on a partisan line Wednesday on whether to accept more information in considering whether state Rep. John Carnevale lives in his Providence district. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza responded with sharp criticism and said he'd instructed additional witnesses to attend a hearing slated for Thursday afternoon.

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  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders met with Rhode Island delegates Wednesday morning. Sanders is working to convince his most ardent supporters to vote for the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But many remain unconvinced. When she received the nomination Tuesday night, some Sanders delegates walked out.

In the Ocean State, Sanders won the primary by some 10 percentage points. Rhode Island Sanders delegate Lauren Niedel said many delegates like her are still waiting to hear Clinton’s speech before deciding whether to support her.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Being Resilient

Jul 26, 2016

Most -- perhaps all -- lives have defining moments, those instances that suddenly turn our lives upside down in unbidden ways, those moments that we did not see coming and dramatically shift the lenses through which we view and understand our world.  Some of these defining moments happen in childhood and have the capacity to shape our life trajectories.  The journalist Max Lerner once said, "The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt."  Thirteen-year-old Annabelle Doyle seems to be doing just that.
 

Annabelle Doyle will be entering the 8th grade at the Gordon School in East Providence.  She lives in Providence with her sister Grace, her parents Amy and Tom, and dog Tasha.

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