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Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Thursday, creating the Homeland Security Advisory Board, in an on-going effort to make sure Rhode Island is protected from cyber threats. 

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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of what AAA calls the official driving season, and New England residents can expect an increase in people on the roads.

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Across Rhode Island, college graduates are headed to the wider  world. But many of them will spend years paying down the student loans that financed their degrees. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to give students a break, and bring down the cost of higher education.  (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday.)

It’s the season of caps and gowns, platitudes and milestones. Families gather round as graduates hoist diplomas for the camera.

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The push for the ordinance moves forward following an 8 to 5 Providence City Council vote in favor of the proposal, Wednesday – the second of two votes required for the ban to pass. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has said he plans to veto the ordinance, but that could be overridden if 10 councilors vote in favor of the ban.

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With the summer theater scene about to begin, Providence's Wilbury Group has taken a step back in time. Maybe it's a trend, says Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale.

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Foster children age out of the system in Rhode Island as soon as they turn 18. But advocates say that’s too young. Those advocates are pushing state lawmakers to extend foster care.

A decade ago young people were allowed to stay under the care of the state until age 21. But in 2007 the state reduced the age to 18.

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Local environmental experts believe President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency could have devastating effects on the Ocean State.


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One day after a top lawmaker effectively killed prospects for a new PawSox stadium in the current General Assembly session, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien said Wednesday that Rhode Island will take an economic hit if the team moves elsewhere.

Picture this: you’re a visiting professor at Roger Williams University Law School, and you have some experience defending members of the military. Then you watch a classified video made public on WikiLeaks where Americans fire on – and kill -- Iraqis from an Apache Helicopter.

"At the time I saw the collateral murder video air, and I remember thinking to myself whoever released that was going to be in a lot of trouble," said Rhode Island-based attorney David Coombs.

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A final decision on a controversial proposed power plant in the Town of Burrillville is expected to stretch into next year. 

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State Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said Tuesday there's not enough time in the current legislative session to consider the PawSox' proposal 

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Republican lawmakers and trucking industry representatives renewed their criticism of Governor Gina Raimondo's truck-toll program on Tuesday, arguing it will produce less revenue than expected and that better alternatives are available.

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Advocates for stricter gun laws are scheduled to gather at the Statehouse Tuesday.

The event, organized by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, is part of a push for the passage of several bills, including a prohibition on guns in schools.  

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Irresponsible, immoral and reckless. Those are just a few of the terms Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is using to criticize President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

The budget would reduce funding for social service programs including Medicaid, food stamps and education, while increasing military spending.

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The Providence City Council withdrew a proposed rule change Monday that would have allowed councilors to remove a sitting president. The decision followed former President Luis Aponte’s recent resignation.

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