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Hundreds of teachers and school leaders are expected in Providence Thursday for the Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum. The group was founded by former Brown University Education Chair Ted Sizer, who advocated for giving schools freedom to design their own programs.

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Providence's Wilbury Theatre Group has never avoided doing the controversial.  Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale says their current play, “Straight White Men” definitely fits into that catalog.

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Upholding your promises is vital, the legislative process is kind of like an old-school Saturday morning cartoon, and the most important thing lawmakers can do is to keep their life in order.

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Republican Steven Frias, who came close to toppling House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in his state representative district in Cranston, announced Tuesday that he's dropped his challenge to the outcome of the race.

"After five months of being focused on this race, it is time for me to concede the election," Frias said in a statement.

The Conservation Law Foundation is asking the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its decision not to reject a consumer tax that would help pay for natural gas pipeline expansions in the region. The PUC denied CLF’s request in September.

The project was billed as a regional solution to rising electricity costs. But since then New Hampshire and Connecticut have followed Massachusetts in dropping the project. CLF Attorney Max Greene said the state of Maine has signaled it will consider the project but only if other New England states participate. 

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Dorcas International Institute is one of the state’s largest immigration and refugee organizations. Since the election, many Rhode Islanders have reached out to the institute, a nonprofit that provides education, resettlement assistance and other services for immigrants and refugees.

Executive Director Kathy Cloutier said some people are making donations; others want to know how they can help to make sure immigrants still feel welcome in the state.

New England Readies For Trump’s Refugee Plans

Nov 29, 2016
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Rhode Island resettled more than 300 refugees over the last year, including more than 100 from Syria. An even larger number of refugees are expected to arrive this year. But that could change under President-elect Donald Trump. 

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Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Nov. 29:

MEDICAID: Rhode Island has been awarded about $130 million dollars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to continue overhauling its Medicaid program. 

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With Democrats still reeling from their losses in the election earlier this month, Congressman David Cicilline and Jim Langevin continue to support Nancy Pelosi as the minority leader in the US House of Representatives.

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is challenging Pelosi, arguing that fresh leadership is needed to help move Democrats forward. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

Rhode Island's two congressmen are sticking with Pelosi, who has led House Democrats for more than 12 years.

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Rhode Island has been awarded $130 million dollars over the next five years from the federal government to continue its work overhauling Medicaid. The health insurance program for the poor serves nearly one in three Rhode Islanders. The money is earmarked for efforts that pay for better quality care instead of the quantity of care.

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The Rhode Island State Conservation Committee has secured a $40,000 grant through the Rhode Island Foundation to continue its work on soil, land and water conservation. But the conservation committee is still looking for money to keep the lights on.

 

Earlier this year, the General Assembly eliminated several community service grants that the conservation committee relied on to pay for rent, insurance and electricity. Sara Churgin, the committee’s project coordinator, said this new grant doesn’t cover those expenses. 

Markham Starr

Connecticut-based photographer Markham Starr has dedicated almost a decade to documenting New England’s fishing industry. His photos, featured in an exhibit at the Fishing Heritage Center in New Bedford, include a type of fishing unique to Rhode Island. 

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Playwright David Mamet is well known for works such as “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Speed-The-Plow.” But many think “American Buffalo” is his masterpiece. Bill Gale says the Gamm Theater's production is proof of that.

“American Buffalo” was first done in Chicago way back in 1975, that time – if you can believe it -  of no cell phones , no Facebook.  And Twitter? That was something birds in the trees did.

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Closing arguments begin Monday, in the trial of Dan Doyle at Washington County Superior Court. Doyle faces charges of pocketing funds intended for the Institute for International Sport, which he founded and directed. The organization ran the World Scholar-Athlete Games, a camp for young people.

In 2012, state auditors found the Institute, housed at the University of Rhode Island, could not account for hundreds of thousands of dollars received in state and grant funding. After further investigation, Doyle was charged with 18 counts, including embezzlement and forgery.

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A divisive election and Rhode Island’s legacy of organized crime have gotten lots of media attention lately. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reflects on an anniversary that he worries has become an afterthought.

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