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Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Walter R. Stone of Bristol, a civil rights activist and one of Rhode Island’s top trial lawyers before his elevation to Superior Court, where he served as one of the very few African-American judges in the state, died today in a Newport hospice after a long illness. He was 73.

A former assistant attorney general, where he was a criminal prosecutor, Stone left to become one of Rhode Island’s most respected trial and criminal lawyers. In a remarkable career, he prosecuted 25 murder cases and defended 25 murder cases as a defense lawyer.

Political scientists recall  a time when elected officials campaigned for office, then laid off the political pitches while they governed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says those days are long gone. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday).

The next gubernatorial election is more than a year away, but Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is already kicking off what looks like a campaign. According to an internal email the governor is set to celebrate her 1,000th day in office on Oct 2. She’s planning a campaign-style blitz.

The Puerto Rican community in Rhode Island and Massachusetts is teaming-up with local businesses to help Puerto Ricans on the island devastated by recent hurricanes.

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New Englanders largely missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Jose. It’s moved miles off the coast of Massachusetts and is expected to weaken in those waters. Wind energy advocates say Jose’s path to New England illustrates the ideal location for wind turbines.

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The biggest union at The Providence Journal plans to stage a protest outside the newspaper’s Fountain Street office at noon Thursday.

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Cape Cod and the surrounding islands are forecast to get some of the worst wind and rain from Jose, although the storm is tracking further east than earlier predictions had indicated. In Falmouth, some residents were stocking up on water, gas and food Tuesday, ahead of the storm.

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Jane Goodall, renowned chimp expert and conservationist, spread her message of hope for the environment during a lecture Tuesday in front of nearly 5,700 people at the University of Rhode Island.


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Meeting during a rare September session, the General Assembly on Tuesday passed bills to require paid sick days for workers, expand disability pension opportunities for firefighters, and to remove guns from domestic abusers facing a final protective order.

Scott Indermaur

Race in America.  What a complicated issue.  As a nation, we've wrestled with the complex legacy of our treatment of Native Americans, the painful history of slavery, and, more recently, what it means to be a person of color, an immigrant, a refugee.  The public policy implications of our ruminations are so very challenging, ranging from issues of reparations to affirmative action to immigration.  There seems to be no end to controversy, debate, and competing narratives.

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Hurricane Jose is predicted to have the greatest impact on the Cape and islands but some Block Island anglers see it as an opportunity for surfcasting, a special kind of fall fishing.

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Hurricane Jose was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved towards Southern New England. But sailors are still preparing.

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Forecasters predict Hurricane Jose will slowly weaken to a tropical storm as it moves up the coast, although Southeastern New England is still not in the clear.

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Are Americans ready to consider a single-payer health care system? What’s next for the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's signature health care law?

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health reporter Lynn Arditi and political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to find out.

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An author’s first book is a special event, at least for the author, and even more so when it gains national recognition. That’s the happy situation for Shawn Wen, a former employee of RIPR. Wen has written an unconventional biography of Marcel Marceau, the acclaimed mime artist who died in 2007. The book is called A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause. Wen was in Providence recently to give a reading, and said it was a homecoming, of sorts. 

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Ash trees in New England and across the country are at risk of extinction because of a foreign beetle known as the emerald ash borer.  


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