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New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joins Political Roundtable to discuss his new priorities and Democrat Doug Jones' win over Republican Roy Moore in a dramatic U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the city's manufacturing sector, Governor Charlie Baker's popularity, the outlook for South Coast Rail and more.

Where does a state find $500 million to fix a long backlog of school building repairs? General obligation bonds, that's where. At least that's the recommendation from Rhode Island's School Building Task Force.

The task force voted this week to endorse a series of proposals, including $500 million in voter-approved bonds by 2022. The first of the bonds could make it onto state ballots as early as next year.

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Merriam- Webster has revealed “feminism as its word of the year for 2017. The Massachusetts-based dictionary said “feminism” was looked up on its website 70 percent more this year than last. Peter Sokolowski, Merriam Webster’s editor-at-large, said interest in feminism sparked several times—including during the Women’s March, and the premiere of the movie “Wonder Woman.”

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A pledge sheet asking legislative candidates to support a series of progressive issues is making waves ahead of Rhode Island’s 2018 election season.  

This I Believe New England: Seeing Clearly

Dec 12, 2017
Scott Indermaur

Most of us have discovered that we can be blindsided by life's unpredictable, sometimes unbidden events: the doctor's diagnosis we weren't expecting, or perhaps the stinging message from a spouse or partner letting us know the relationship is over.  You know the type of news – the kind no one wants to hear.  Yet, sometimes horrific news seems to offer us a meaningful wake-up call, a chance to sort out priorities and put things in perspective.

A Conversation With The Providence Athenaeum's Matt Burriesci

Dec 12, 2017
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Matt Burriesci is the Executive Director of The Providence Athenaeum. He talked with Laxmi Parthasarathy for a special RIPR interview. They talked about the Athenaeum's 180-year history, its beautiful Greek Revival building, its collection, and how it is working to engage audiences with its programming today.

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The Providence Teachers Union is asking why so many teachers are being placed on administrative leave and facing investigations for abusing students. The union called a special meeting with city and school officials Monday.  

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Washington D.C. has ended a temporary residency program for almost 60,000 Haitians allowed to legally enter the United States following an earthquake in 2010. The affected Haitians will have to leave the U.S. by 2019. The program has also been revoked for 2,000 Nicaraguans and it's unclear if other groups, including 300,000 Salvadorans, will be allowed to remain.

 


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The City of Providence wants to turn its fire departments into sanctuaries for people caught in the opioid epidemic. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza made the announcement Monday.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox management says it has concerns with and is not ready to get behind a revised stadium financing plan floated last week by the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee.

Courtesy of Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

RIPR political reporter Ian Donnis has learned that Darin Early, COO of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, is leaving in January and will be replaced by Jesse Saglio, according to commerce secretary, Stefan Pryor.

YMCA Breastfeeding Lawsuit Settled

Dec 11, 2017

A Westerly YMCA has settled a lawsuit, in which a former employee alleged she was banned from breastfeeding her daughter.

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Registration is underway for a new gaming school for people looking to become table game dealers at MGM Springfield's resort casino, which is scheduled to open next fall. 

Ed Hughes

Birders may catch a glimpse of more snowy owls this winter, as more than a dozen have already been spotted throughout Rhode Island since Thanksgiving. Typically, only a few snowy owls are seen throughout the state this time of year. 


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