A New Bedford elementary school is launching a new language program this fall. Fifty kindergarteners at Gomes Elementary School will enter a lottery for the chance to land a spot in the school’s new dual language immersion program.

The selected students will spend half their day learning subjects in English. The other half will be exclusivley in Spanish.

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After little discussion during a 40-minute hearing, the House Finance Committee approved Friday a $9.55 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that restores money for human service programs, kills a proposed 25 cent per pack hike in the cigarette tax and gives voters the chance in November to direct $250 million to school construction.

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A pair of piping plovers is nesting at the Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett, but their new home is in a peculiar spot. 


Rhode Island Hospital has agreed to spend at least $1 million to improve its systems after a series of recent patient errors.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo outlined a series of steps Friday in responding to a potentially costly legal mistake by a former lawyer for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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National Grid customers in Rhode Island could see their electric bills go up this fall, and a group that advocates for lower-income residents is not happy about it. 

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Randi Weingarten, leader of the American Federation of Teachers, was in Providence this afternoon. The union leader toured a public elementary school and high school. She’s urging support for a statewide bond to pay for school building repairs.

During her visit to Mt. Pleasant high school, Weingarten criticized Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza over a teacher contract dispute between his office and city teachers that has dragged on over the last year. She accused Elorza of being inflexible in his approach to working with teachers.

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Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the RI House, joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from a potentially costly mistake at the Exeutive Office of Health and Human Services, the race for governor, and the outlook on the PawSox.

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Rhode Island GOP candidate for governor Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including taxes, incentives, state spending and school construction.

6 Dead Seals Wash Ashore RI Beach

Jun 7, 2018

The tide brought in more than just seawater Thursday morning at Second Beach in Middletown, RI as 6 dead seals washed ashore.

It remains unclear what caused the animals’ deaths. The animal rescue program at Mystic Aquiarium is working with the manager of Second Beach to get more information.

Dale Wolbrink, Senior Director of Public Relations at Mystic Aquarium, said it is unknown whether all 6 seals washed ashore at the same time because the bodies were so badly decomposed.

Rhode Island has given away more than $160 million dollars in a tax incentive program meant to increase hiring. A new state study finds the tax breaks may have been worth it.

The study is one of about a dozen reports expected this summer analyzing the state’s tax credit and incentive programs. The findings follow a Rhode Island Public Radio report which raised questions about the effectiveness of these programs.

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy recently won a $1.5 million research grant from the Department of Energy. It’s money coming at a time when industry leaders are hopeful fuel cell technology will grow in the state.


Why would anyone want to buy a closed nuclear power plant, along with its long legacy of radioactive waste?

NorthStar Group Services, the company that wants to buy the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, says it's because success in Vermont could lead to similar work at other shuttered nuclear plants.

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The summer theater season is underway at Matunuck where the Theatre by the Sea is presenting “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says it’s a winner all the way.

If ever there was a Broadway show that deserves the title of “musical” its probably got to be 'Ain’t Misbehavin’' that classic piece of singing and singing and . . . well, singing.