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

Johnston is the focus of this year’s One Square Mile, a special series from Rhode Island Public Radio where we focus on one community. The result: a week of stories and interviews highlighting this singular place. We've pulled together the highlights for a special one-hour documentary.

One Square Mile: Johnston: One Hour Special

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Let us tale  you on a journey: a journey to Johnston, Rhode Island. It’s the focus of this year’s One Square Mile. Every year we gather up the newsroom and wrestle over which community to focus on for our annual series “One Square Mile.” But this year, the choice seemed clear. Democrat Hillary Clinton won Rhode Island last November, but in Johnston, Donald Trump beat her by 14 points. That’s the biggest swing for any Rhode Island community. Why did this blue town turn red? Plus, did you know Johnston has one of the highest concentrations of Italian Americans in the entire country?

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.

Of the 85 judges and magistrates in the Rhode Island court system, just three are African-American. When it comes to the judiciary, says Jim Vincent, president of the NAACP, the “`judiciary is one of the most egregious, in terms of the lack of diversity.”

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.

State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss financial regulation, the outlook for Providence pension, the heavy unfunded liabilities for municipalities' retiree health care, and other issues.

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State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from the UHIP controversy; the next move on the state pension fund's expected rate of return; and how RI Democrats are responding to President Trump.

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A swastika was discovered Thursday morning spray-painted on a dumpster in front of a YMCA in Providence. Staff say they removed the anti-Semitic symbol shortly after its discovery.

In a statement, Greater Providence YMCA CEO Steven O'Donnell called it "an unfortunate, and hopefully isolated, incident."

O'Donnell said the graffiti was reported to Providence Police. 

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Online health insurance marketplaces like Rhode Island’s HealthSource RI are a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 30,000 Rhode Islanders buy health insurance plans through the exchange, and most receive some kind of federal subsidy to help pay for those plans. But Obamacare is under fire, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about these marketplaces. 


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Rhode Islanders who’ve served on jury duty may have noticed the $15 a day pay rate. Central Falls Sen. Elizabeth Crowley hopes to change that.

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An additional 100 full-time jobs are expected in the Ocean State by 2018. United Natural Foods Inc. announced their expansion plans, Wednesday.

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Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that reverses an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.

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To win a James Beard Award means having made it to the upper echelons of the restaurant industry. Often compared to the likes of the Oscars, the awards can put chefs- and the cities their restaurants are in- on the culinary map. This year, two Providence restauranteurs are James Beard semifinalists in the Best Chef Northeast category.

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