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R.I.P. Tom Bates

Aug 18, 2017

Tom Bates, the burly, witty and friendly Providence tavern owner and raconteur, who came to Rhode Island’s capital to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and never left, was found dead today at his East Providence home. He was 73.

A player in Providence’s downtown and waterfront revival, Bates was out with friends as recently as last week, where he was holding court on a stool at the bar at Nick-a-Nees as his friend Marilyn Collins Gendron  served drinks. His daughter, Piper, also worked there.

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Democrats and some Republicans criticized President Donald Trump this week, over his response to the events in Charlottesville, but some Trump voters say they still support their president. 

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The white supremacist march in Charlottesville has stirred a variety of emotions. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there should be only one take away from this demonstration. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday).

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Former Presidential Candidate Howard Dean predicts that Republicans are unlikely to stop the federal Medicaid reimbursements that help millions of low-income Americans pay for out-of-pocket medical costs.

President Trump recently repeated his threats to cut off the co-called cost-sharing payments to insurance companies after Senate Republicans failed to pass their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, and Dr. Tom Wiles, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, called today on Rhode Island Christians to join in prayer this weekend to reject the message of the neo-Nazi march on Virginia.

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Howard Dean, former presidential candidate and former Vermont governor, weighed in on politics Wednesday while speaking to Brown University medical students in Providence.

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Researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Harvard University will start testing drinking water in Cape Cod after Labor Day for chemicals found in nonstick pans, water-resistant furniture and apparel, and firefighting foam.

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In Providence, the Democrat Nirva LaFortune is the winner of the City Council special election held to fill the Ward 3 seat vacated by the recalled Councilman Kevin Jackson.

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Cliff Wood recently took over as the head of the Providence Foundation. Wood previously served as director of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. He stopped by our studio earlier this week to talk about the future of Kennedy Plaza.

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Dan Doyle, who was sentenced last week to serve seven years in prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from the Institute for International Sport, a non-profit housed at the University of Rhode Island, is asking the Rhode Island Supreme Court to be released on bail pending the appeal of his criminal conviction.

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Some Rhode Island Republicans describe President Donald Trump's controversial remarks about weekend violence in Charlottesville as a communications lapse, while Democrats said Trump made a false equivalency between hate groups and their opponents.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, generally considered the most popular governor in the U.S., is slated to headline an August 28 fundraiser for the Rhode Island Republican Party.

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The violence at a far-right rally in Virginia over the weekend and a potential rally in Boston on Saturday are raising questions about hate speech, and whether it is protected under the First Amendment, which also protects the right to assemble. 

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Rhode Island's congressional delegation was critical of President Donald Trump Tuesday, after Trump's unscripted remarks defending his initial statement that there were hatred and violence "on many sides" in Charlottesville and after the president referred to some "very fine people" in the group of white supremacists. 

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Fishery regulators are meeting with commercial and recreational fishermen all around New England to talk about upcoming assessments of key fish stocks. 

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