State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) was among the 13 reps who voted against the new state budget Wednesday night. Morgan stopped by our studio to talk about the spending plan, the GOP legislative outlook for fall elections, and much more.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the budget passed by the RI House, questions about Rep. John Carnevale's residency, and how to prevent mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Florida.

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WLNE-TV, ABC6, is launching a new Sunday morning public affairs show, In the Arena, hosted by former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., RIPR has learned.

The first installment of the show is slated for this weekend, with longtime Democratic fundraiser Mark Weiner joining Paolino as a guest.

Former Chafee staffer Amy Rice; Josh Fenton, co-founder of; former deputy secretary of state Ray Rickman; and former lieutenant governor Thomas DiLuglio are slated to join the show as weekly panelists, according to Beryl Kenyon, a Paolino spokeswoman.

The company proposing to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville is billing the project as a solution to alleviate future energy shortages and rising energy costs in New England. But two experts testifying on behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation filed written testimonies with the state’s Public Utilities Commission disputing those statements.

Henry Shelton, the longtime leader of the George Wiley Center in Pawtucket, has championed the rights of Rhode Island’s poor and the working class residents for decades.

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On a 59-to-13 party line vote, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Dan Beardsley, one of the most candid, colorful and hard-working of all Rhode Island Statehouse lobbyists, is retiring as executive director of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, which represents the interests of municipalities across the state.

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A second vigil in as many nights was held Tuesday to honor those who lost their lives in the Orlando nightclub shooting over the weekend.

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State Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence), vice chairman of the House Finance Committee, faces questions about whether he’s been living outside his legislative district.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Ancestors

Jun 14, 2016

  All of us have ancestors.  Some we celebrate and some, well, you know.  Most of us descend from the proverbial mixed bag of humanity, from those who were saintly and those whose lives may have been filled with some measure of mischief.  Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.”  And we hear similar sentiments from John Walsh.

John Walsh is a partner in the East Greenwich-based communications firm, Walsh & Associates. He writes a monthly Op-Ed column for the Providence Journal, which published an earlier version of this essay.

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Rhode Island will receive $3.4 million dollars to reduce lead hazards in homes. It's the seventh round of funding in more than a decade aimed at hundreds of homes with lead contamination.

Rhode Island Housing will distribute the funds to organizations that help identify homes at the highest risk for lead. These apartments or houses built were before 1978, when a ban on lead paint went into effect. And Rhode Island has a high percentage of older apartment buildings compared to the rest of the nation.

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Rhode Island State Police Chief Colonel Stephen O’Donnell supports a ban on high capacity magazines for automatic rifles. That’s the kind of weaponry used in last weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando.

Rhode Island hosts its annual Pride Festival, celebrating members of the lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer communities this weekend. The events come about one week after a mass shooting in Orlando Florida, at gay nightclub that left 50 people dead, and injured dozens more.

LGBT advocates have scheduled a vigil Tuesday at Roger Williams National Memorial park in Providence, in response to the attack in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman opened fire in a nightclub, killing 49 people before he was shot down by police.

Speakers from several gay, lesbian, trans and queer groups will deliver remarks. Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are also expected to participate.

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Rhode Island joined communities across the country last night with a vigil commemorating the victims of the Orlando nightclub attacks.