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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.

Fifteen to 20 miles off of Cape Cod, there is a 1,000 square mile area where winds from a northern jet stream and the Gulf Stream converge. Wind energy advocate Paul Vigeant of the New Bedford Wind Energy Center says that results in a powerful wind field, which blows consistently all year long.

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

National Hurricane Center

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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With a tropical storm warning in effect for Rhode Island and the South Coast of Massachusetts, stormy waters have already swept several people off rocks in Narragansett. In Newport, officials are warning residents to stay out of the water as Hurricane Jose brings rip tides and heavy surf. But the weather has area surfers hitting the beach.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Monday new efforts to aid some of the estimated 1,200 "Dreamers" in the Ocean State who could face deportation.

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If you’ve made your way to the outskirts of downtown Providence lately, you may have noticed thousands of sunflowers growing on empty plots of land by the riverfront. The pop-up garden is highlighted in this year’s “Design Week RI,” a series of events showcasing the state’s design sector. RIPR’s Ximena Conde visited the sunflowers, and found an exploration of nature in the urban landscape.

National Hurricane Center

Large swells are expected to continue in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts this week as Hurricane Jose makes its way to the East Coast. 

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  Even before Tropical Storm Harvey and Hurricane Irma hit, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was in trouble — to the tune of $25 billion. And the program is set to expire at the end of the month if Congress doesn't act.

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If you tune into 95.5 FM today, you’ll hear Christian rock, a far cry from the edgy, alternative music WBRU broadcast on 95.5 for decades. The station sold the signal to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation this year. RIPR’s John Bender hung out with some of the WBRU DJs, reporters, and producers right before the switch.


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