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This I Believe Rhode Island: Being Resilient

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Most -- perhaps all -- lives have defining moments, those instances that suddenly turn our lives upside down in unbidden ways, those moments that we did not see coming and dramatically shift the lenses through which we view and understand our world.  Some of these defining moments happen in childhood and have the capacity to shape our life trajectories.  The journalist Max Lerner once said, "The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt."  Thirteen-year-old Annabelle Doyle seems to be doing just that.
 

Annabelle Doyle will be entering the 8th grade at the Gordon School in East Providence.  She lives in Providence with her sister Grace, her parents Amy and Tom, and dog Tasha.

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Rhode Island’s prison system is offering drug treatment to more inmates. Until now, only inmates who entered prison on medication for opioid addiction were allowed to continue that medication. And only for 60 days. Now, the Adult Correctional Institutes will continue medication for six months or longer, thanks to an infusion of cash in this year’s state budget. 

Weiner was a major Democratic fundraiser and party leader in the state and nationally. He was on close terms with Bill and Hillary Clinton, and hosted the first fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s latest Presidential race.

Weiner’s company Financial Innovations made campaign merchandise for many Democratic politicians including Clinton and Barack Obama.

Former Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch, says Weiner kept Rhode Island on the political map, with his close connections to people like the Clintons.

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Tony Simon is leaving his role as Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's chief of staff at the end of August to launch a political consulting firm. He'll be succeeded by Nicole Pollock, who currently serves as the city's chief of policy and innovation.

Simon's pending exit marks the second high-profile departure from City Hall at the mid-point in Elorza's four-year term. Brett Smiley is leaving as the city's chief operating office to become Governor Gina Raimondo's chief of staff.

The report highlights the importance of headwater streams to the health of the bay. These small bodies of water feed into the bay, and stretch as far north as Worcester, Massachusetts. These feeder streams can be polluted by agriculture and runoff from parking lots and roadways.

Watershed Counts spokeswoman Nicole Rohr said pollution can flow from the streams into the Bay.

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Faced with Republican efforts to remove state Rep. John Carnevale's name from the fall ballot, the state Board of Elections on Monday called for the Providence Board of Canvassers to first resolve whether Carnevale can legally vote within his Providence district.

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  This comes as no surprise, but it is relevant: RI House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston is demoting embattled Rep. John Carnevale, D-Providence, from the Democratic House leadership team.

Even at the Statehouse, loyalty has its limits. In this case, pragmatism and campaign exigencies have triumphed. At the capitol, there is nothing like self-preservation as a motivation.

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  After two years heading the Naval War College in Newport, Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe III is heading to the CIA. He hands the reins to Rear Admiral Jeffery Harley. Naval college spokeswoman Barbara Mertz said the elaborate ceremony is steeped in tradition dating back hundreds of years in Naval history.

“You have an arrival of official party, then you do honors, parading of colors, national anthem,” said Mertz. Then they’ll read their orders, saying ‘I relieve you as commander,’ ‘I take responsibility,’ ‘I stand relieved that type of thing.’

They have green backs, pink bellies and are only about 2 inches in diameter. The green crab is an invasive predator that’s been destroying clam and scallop populations from South Carolina to Maine -- since they were introduced here two centuries ago.

Now, some New England chefs are looking for ways to put this invasive species - on the menu.

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  24 Rhode Island delegates are expected in Philadelphia Monday for the Democratic National Convention. Rhode Island Democratic Party spokeswoman Ann Gooding said she expects several issues to crop up as the party works to determine a platform.

“Better wages for workers, healthcare for employees, affordable college education,” said Gooding. “Those are the primary movers for democrats and I think those will be the issues that people want to see articulated by Hillary Clinton and I think people will come together on that.”

  The Republican National Convention that nominated Donald Trump is history. The Democratic convention that is poised to tap Hillary Clinton begins today. 

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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 Mark and Dave chat with Ian Ridlon, president and executive Director of the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust. The group works with cities and towns to manage unfunded liabilities, such as health care costs for retirees.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m

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Forty-one of Rhode Island's 113 part-time lawmakers, or about 36 percent, have a free pass to another term in the General Assembly.

With the start of the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, thousands of music lovers will pack Fort Adams State Park for the next three days. Then the following week, more people arrive for the Newport Jazz Festival.

As these festivals have grown in popularity, so too has the profile of the historic fort, which sat nearly empty for decades. Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender took a tour of the fort to find out how large crowds and popular festivals are changing the historic landmark.

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