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With just five days until Rhode Island’s presidential primary, the campaigns are pushing hard for votes. A close race is expected between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and Latino voters could play an important role in the outcome.

R.I. Public Radio, ProJo, East Side Monthly, R.I. Monthly, and Newport Mercury win Metcalf Awards for Diversity in Media, Rhode Island for Community and Justice has announced.

The Providence Journal captured two awards. One went to the paper’s great crime reporter, Amanda Milkovits for her piece entitled `RI’s Minority Police Officers Understand Life On Both Sides of the Blue Line.’

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A week after her husband former President Bill Clinton stopped by, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will stump in the Ocean State. Clinton will appear somewhere in the state for a rally Saturday. 

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The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in less than a week, and as part of our Rhody Votes ’16 coverage, we’re talking to voters across the state about the candidates and the issues that matter to them.

Our producer Joan Moses met Barbara Scott at the Coffee Depot in Warren. She’s a registered Independent weighing a vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

You can listen to the rest of our RhodyVotes ‘16 voter postcards here.

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Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange says UnitedHealthcare will stop offering plans in 2017. That means health insurance consumers will have fewer options in the coming open enrollment period.

  During this time of year our thoughts and instincts often turn toward renewal and rebirth.  When we are really paying attention, it’s time to marvel at the buds on the trees, the return of the birds, the greening grass.  Alas, the season may inspire hope and yearning in our own souls.  As the writer Daniel Abraham wrote, “And as it is for spring flowers, so it is for us.”  We hear echoes of these words from Mike Fink. 

Mike Fink is an English professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has produced columns in a wide range of local and national magazines and, he notes proudly, is advisor to the Rhode Island School of Design Pigeon Club. 

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The Rhode Island Department of Health says the first case of Zika virus has been confirmed in the state. The state health agency says the man is in his 60s and recently traveled to Haiti. That’s one of the countries where Zika transmission is active.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is calling on Governor Gina Raimondo to ask the state Supreme Court for an opinion on the constitutionality of legislative grants.

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Advanced placement – or AP – courses are offered in many high schools as a way for students to take college-level classes and impress college admissions officers. Over the past decade, the number of students taking these challenging courses has nearly doubled. But one private high school in Rhode Island is saying no more to the AP. Lincoln School in Providence plans to stop offering AP courses in the fall of 2017. Lincoln Head of School Suzanne Fogarty discussed the decision with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.

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The Rhode Island primary is just one week away, and for some voters it will be the first opportunity to cast a ballot in any election. As our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage continues, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman sits down with three students who all plan to vote for the first time next Tuesday. 

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Yesterday at Brown University, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spoke at a roundtable focused on clean energy and climate change. He talked about Mission Innovation, a global commitment by the United States and 19 other countries to double investments in developing clean energy technologies.

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Environmental officials in Massachusetts are trying to restore an endangered population of native rattlesnakes. The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is helping out with the project.

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Ohio Governor, and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will make a campaign stop in Rhode Island. His team made the announcement Sunday.

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