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Truckers are now paying tolls on the Rhode Island side of on Interstate 95. They've racked up more than a half million dollars in just the first month of the tolling program.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that’s hardly the end of this debate.

‘Tis the season of road and bridge construction. It seems like you can’t drive anywhere without encountering the pungent odor of fresh asphalt, the drone of backhoes and long lines of the unofficial summer state tree --- the orange highway cone.

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Two immigrant children reunited with their parents after they were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border are now enjoying their newfound freedom in Connecticut, according to attorneys for the children.

The children are a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador, publicly identified as V.F.B., and a 9-year-old boy from Honduras, identified as J.S.R. The girl traveled to the U.S. with her mother, the boy with his father. The children had been staying in a group home in Groton, while their parents had been in a detention center in Texas.

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A local environmental nonprofit is speaking out against proposed changes to federal fishing regulations outlined under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. 

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The Episcopal Church in the United States will start investing in gun companies. That's after a bishop in western Massachusetts pushed for the move.

At a national convention of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Douglas Fisher, who heads the western Massachusetts diocese, sponsored a resolution calling for ethical investing in gun companies. The bishops passed it unanimously.

Fisher said it's a real change in strategy because, until now, the church has had a ban on investing in gun companies.

This I Believe New England: Persistence

Jul 17, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Life is both fragile and unpredictable.  That we know.  No doubt all of us have dear friends and relatives whose lives changed in a flash as a result of a serious accident or health trauma.  Or maybe it's our own lives that pivoted without even a moment's notice.

The humidity might finally be breaking as thunderstorms roll through Tuesday. But the storms may do more than cool things off.

“The main threat that we’re looking at is some flooding,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Lenore Correia. “There’s a lot of rain associated with these storms so it will downpour really quick. And we’re looking at some possible flooding especially in those urban areas.”

The Service has issued a flash flood watch for Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts, including Bristol County.

Amos Winter

A MIT engineer has developed a lightweight, prosthetic foot that can be tailored to each patient that will cost less than prosthetics  on the market now.

After he was approached by Jaipur Foot, an artificial limbs manufacturer in India, Amos Winter, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT,  said he realized there was no way to anticipate an amputee’s walking behavior just by looking at the mechanical design of a foot. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Six years have passed since the bankruptcy of the video game company 38 Studios. But two of the firms sued by Rhode Island over 38 Studio’s demise continue to perform lucrative work for a quasi-public state agency.

 


CVS Health is the latest company to fend off charges of racism.

 

Elisabeth Harrison

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, in a blistering attack on President Donald Trump, called the president’s handling of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, “disgraceful.”

Said Reed, “At times, Trump sounded more like Putin’s press agent than president of the United States. Some of his comments could have come straight from a Russian disinformation operation. The propaganda, dissembling and denials fit right into Russia’s hybrid operations against us.”

RIPR File

The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women has announced endorsements for RI legislative campaigns. The women’s rights organization says in a news release that the endorsements reflect five primary goals: advancing abortion rights; promoting economic justice; ending violence against women, securing LGBTQ rights and ending racism.

Fane Organization / Dante Bellini

The proposal for a new skyscraper in Providence’s jewelry district is scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday. The city Ordinance Committee is the next group to take up the plan.

The proposal is designed for a vacant piece of land, where a highway used to cross downtown. The problem? The area is only zoned for buildings up to 100 feet tall.

The 46-story building in the proposal would be much higher than that. The New York based developer, the Fane Organization, is seeking a zoning change for up to 600 feet.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

As many parents wait to be reunited with children separated from them at the U.S. border, some undocumented immigrants married to American citizens still face the threat of being taken away from their families.

Time always seems to speed up in summer, right? It'll be August before we know it, then September, and the political milestones of November and January won't be far behind. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, Your tips and comments remain welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Program note: I'm taking some time off, so TGIF will return later this month.) Here we go.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island politics is once again enveloped in the economic rating game. Some national rankings show the state’s economy to be doing well, while others don’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay is skeptical of all the rankings, ratings and lists.

The CNBC business network recently ranked Rhode Island at 45 out of 50 on its 2018 list of the top states for business. Business Insider's web site put Rhode Island much higher, stating it has the ninth best business climate in the country.

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