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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 Dave and Mark discuss growth and challenges in the Latino business community with Oscar Mejias, president of the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m. on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.

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Thousands of people watched Friday as President Donald Trump took the oath of office in Washington, D.C. It was the culmination of an election season that left many people divided over the future of the country.

Maybe all you have to know about Gov. Gina Raimondo’s free tuition plan is this: Americans with no more than a high school education have now fallen so far behind in salaries that the earnings chasm has reached its widest point on record.

That means that college graduates made 56 percent more, on average, than high school graduates  in 2015, according to data from the Economic Policy Institute. That’s an increase from a  51 percent difference in 1999.

US Representative David Cicilline joins Bonus Q&A to discuss why Democrats lost so much ground during President Obama's tenure, whether Providence should consider bankruptcy, whether he plans to square off against Jim Langevin in 2022, and much more.

While all the chatter in Democratic Party circles is on boycotting and protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration, Rhode Island Republicans are planning a celebration of their candidate’s ascension to the White House. The Rhode Island Republican Party is hosting an Inauguration Watch Party at GOP state headquarters at 1800 Post Road in Warwick, in Airport Plaza. There will be a potluck buffet and beverages. The headquarters is outfitted with a bevy of large screen television sets to watch the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C.

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Rhode Island dropped 1,000 jobs in December even as the state’s unemployment rate inched down to 5 percent, from 5.3 percent in November, according to data released today by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training.

The U.S. Unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December.

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Students at Rhode Island College reacted to Governor Gina Raimondo’s free tuition plan this week. The governor’s higher education proposal would cover the cost of tuition for in-state students for the first two years at the Community College of Rhode Island, or the last two years at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.

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Former Cranston State Rep. Peter Palumbo pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges to embezzlement and filing a false document.

The arraignment in Providence District Court lasted about a minute. Wearing a white sweatshirt and jeans, Palumbo was led into the courtroom in handcuffs.

Palumbo, a Democrat, was arrested by State Police earlier in the day at his Cranston home.

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Next week, Republicans will have a firm grip on power in Washington. But on traditionally liberal college campuses in New England, Republican students say they feel more frozen out of the political conversation than ever.

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Governor Gina Raimondo unveils a new state budget proposal to lawmakers on Thursday. She already revealed one of the signature programs– a plan for two years of free tuition at state colleges and universities. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison and Political Analyst Scott MacKay take a look at what to watch in the governor's FY 2018 state budget, and how it’s likely to fare in the state legislature.


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On Martin Luther King Day Trinity Rep opened “The Mountaintop,”  a play that salutes Dr. King. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale says the show works, to an extent, at least.

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Providence Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Maher has informed parents he does not support plans for a student walkout in protest of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday. Maher relayed this message in an automated call to roughly 7,000 homes on Tuesday.

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In response to Governor Gina Raimondo’s State of the State speech on Tuesday, Rhode Island members of the National Federation of Independent Business have penned a statement expressing frustration.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Governor Gina Raimondo's Republican rival from 2014, expressed concern Wednesday about the governor's proposal to give Rhode Islanders two years of free tuition at state institutions of higher learning.

On a day when Raimondo staged a rally at Cranston East High School in support of her plan, Fung responded with a statement.

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