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On Politics
1:38 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidates begin to take off the gloves

The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.

As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics
1:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Mother of Gordon Fox dies at 92

The mother of former House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, died this morning. Mary Fox, who lived with her son at his East Side home for many years, was 92.

A domestic worker, Mary Fox was known for her devotion to family and her good nature. She lived with her son until just a few weeks ago, when she went to a nursing home facility. Funeral service plans have not been completed, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.

RI News
10:53 am
Fri July 25, 2014

119 Central American Migrant Children Already Living In RI

The federal government has not asked Rhode Island to shelter some of the migrant children entering the country by the thousands from Central America.  More than 100 are already living in the state.

There are currently 119 kids in Rhode Island.  That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These children were not moved here by the federal government, but placed with sponsors, who are family or friends already living in the U.S. The placement has been happening since January. It’s unclear how long the children will be staying.

Arts & Culture
8:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55 Years

The Newport Folk Festival kicks off today.  The 55-year old festival is more popular than ever.

Tickets for the festival sold out even before the full lineup was announced.  A resurgence in the festival’s popularity has been credited to an increasingly diverse collection of artists, and a major social media presence.  The festival is now so popular it’s been expanded to three days.

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Health Care
5:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

WaterFire Lighting Spotlights Hepatitis C

This Saturday, WaterFire Providence is dedicated to raising awareness about hepatitis C. Organizers are offering free hepatitis C screenings at the event.

WaterFire volunteers will light more than eighty bonfires along the downtown river on Saturday night. A group called Rhode Island Defeats Hep C, led by Dr. Lynn Taylor, organized the lighting.

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Political Roundtable
4:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Political Roundtable: Rep. Abney on Newport Grand, Speaker Mattiello & The Sale Of The Projo

Rep. Marvin Abney joins the Political Roundtable to discuss bringing table games to Newport and bringing more minorities to the Statehouse.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The odds of table games coming to Newport, the sale of The Providence Journal, and diversity in the General

Assembly – those are the topics this week on the Political Roundtable with our guest Newport Rep. Marvin Abney and special host Rhode Island Public Radio news director Catherine Welch.

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The Education Blog
2:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Providence to Open Two New High Schools

Providence has received a $3 million dollar grant from the Carnegie Foundation to develop a pair of small high schools over the next three years.

The schools will enroll a maximum of 450 students each, and will get extra flexibility to tailor programs to each student. The theory is that if you meet each student at their level, you can help students catch up if they fall behind, and allow them to work beyond their grade level, if they are ahead of the curve.

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Arts & Culture
12:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Deer Tick Held Up En Route To Newport Folk Festival

The band Deer Tick is heading back home for the Newport Folk Festival, but apparently they got held up en route.

According to the band’s Twitter feed, the musicians were kicked off a U.S. Airways flight for trying to board with a guitar.

To which festival organizers tweeted back, “They messed with the wrong folking band”

The band said they’ve since hitched a ride on the train. Originally based in Providence, Deer Tick has become a staple of the Newport Folk Fest. They’re scheduled to play the festival Saturday.

RI News
9:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Newport City Councilor Pleads No Contest To Assault

A Newport city councilor man has pleaded no contest to an assault charge.  Rhode Island State Police arrested 45 year old Newport city councilor Michael Farley for allegedly assaulting a contractor. Farley accused the contractor of stealing a ladder. The contractor says he believed the ladder he was using belonged to the  homeowner of the house he was working on, and not Farley, who lives next door.

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RI News
9:18 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Newport City Manager Cites Difficult City Council In Decision To Step Down

Jane Howington in her Newport office.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Tomorrow is the last day on the job for Newport City Manager Jane Howington.

She’s taken a similar job in Ohio after 2 and a half years running Newport City government. Howington leaves amid reports of friction with the Newport City Council.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with her at her office in City Hall to find out why she resigned and what lies ahead for Newport.

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