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Ryan Caron King / WNPR

  Every day nearly a million commuters travel on the Northeast Corridor -- the vast rail network between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Many of those passengers cross over a small river in the coastal city of Norwalk, Connecticut. But the only way for a train to get across that river is on the Walk Bridge -- a 120-year-old “swing bridge.”

Courtesy of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's Office

The late Brown University Art Professor Walter Feldman was awarded the Bronze Star, posthumously, in a ceremony Monday in the Providence office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Every summer, many American audiences are reintroduced to a classic, the "1812 Overture." The only problem is, this piece by Peter Tchaikovsky isn’t American at all.

In fact, it has nothing to with the USA. 

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Gov. Gina Raimondo signed several bills Monday aimed at the ongoing fight against drug overdose deaths. More than 300 people died of drug overdose in Rhode Island in 2016, an increase from the previous year.

Sofia Rudin / RIPR

The nonprofit Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team is offering training for workers who might need to administer Naloxone, or Narcan, the overdose rescue drug.

Courtesy of Jamaican Association of Rhode Island's Facebook

This weekend, Jamaica celebrated 55 years of independence. In Rhode Island, residents with Jamaican roots marked the occasion by launching the Jamaican Association of Rhode Island.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

In the aftermath of a month-long budget dispute, a top Rhode Island legislative leader says the state needs a new approach to avoid future stalemates.

Brown Defends Use Of Race In Admissions Policy

Aug 7, 2017
Rosie Nalle/RIPR

Brown University is responding to questions about race-conscious admissions criteria.

In a written statement, the university said the courts have upheld its right to "act affirmatively" to build a diverse student body. Brown's statement makes it clear the university views diversity on campus as essential to its academic mission.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Gov. Gina Raimondo is slated to sign several pieces of legislation Monday, aimed at curbing the opioid crisis.

The ceremonial signing includes bills to require health professionals to discuss the risk of addiction before they prescribe opioids to patients and stricter penalties for distributing fentanyl.

Courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service / United States Department of Agriculture

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has announced new financing of $19.2 million in drinking water projects for the town of Cumberland and the Providence Water Supply Board.

Fred Bever / Maine Public Radio

  A new type of energy-efficient construction is drawing attention in the U.S. It’s called “passive housing” -- residences built to achieve ultra-low energy use. It’s so efficient that developers can eliminate central heating systems altogether.

Courtesy of Feast of the Scared Sacrament's Facebook

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, a century-old, annual celebration of Portuguese culture and faith, wrapped up Sunday night in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 

Gerard Donnelly / flickr

National Grid wants to raise Rhode Island’s energy rates by 53 percent starting October 1. 


Your humble correspondent never expected to be in the Statehouse for a budget vote in August. Then again, Rhody politics is full of surprises, right? So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Rhode Island Public Radio has hired Lynn Arditi, a longtime award-winning reporter at The Providence Journal, as the station's new health reporter. She starts in the new role August 15.

Arditi joins RIPR after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at the ProJo, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care.

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