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State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the FBI report on Hillary Clinton, the latest Donald Trump controversy, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

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A Brown University medical student wants to register every med student in the country to vote. And the group he founded is gaining momentum.

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"The Polka King," starring actor and musician Jack Black is scheduled to begin filming in Rhode Island later this summer. State officials have announced principal photography slated to begin in mid-July and last through mid-August at "various locations" in the state. 

“With our unique locations in close proximity and an organized talent pool of local artists and professional technicians, Rhode Island is the perfect place to make a successful movie," said Governor Gina Raimondo in the official announcement.

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The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings for Providence County, Northern Rhode Island and parts of  the East Bay. Forecasters say the storm is moving quickly, but residents may see a lot of rain very quickly.

Meteorologist Bill Simpson said an especially strong storm bloomed in the north-central part of the state.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has signed a bill requiring schools to contact child welfare authorities when they suspect sexual abuse of their employees. The bill also requires the state's child welfare office to investigate allegations of abuse in schools.

Supporters of Linda Finn, a former state rep seeking a comeback this fall, are crying foul after the state Democratic Party endorsed rival Democrat James Cawley in the race for the District 72 seat.

State Democratic Chairman Joseph McNamara, a rep from Warwick, could not be reached for comment.

Party spokeswoman Ann Gooding offered this explanation for why Cawley got the Democratic endorsement instead of a former rep: "Cawley asked for that endorsement, Finn did not."

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This September, Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services launches a new online portal for health and social service benefits. It’s the state’s biggest IT project ever. 

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The Obama administration has announced new rules that would let doctors treat more patients addicted to opioids. That could help Rhode Island, where access to treatment is limited.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said the state's newly signed lobbying law will enable the state to pursue cases of unregistered lobbying.

Governor Gina Raimondo signed the lobbying bill into law Wednesday morning. That came a little more than a year after Gorbea's office dropped unregistered lobbying cases against two figures linked to 38 Studios, Michael Corso and Thomas Zaccagnino, due to flaws in the state's lobbying law.

Rhode Islanders Try To Beat The Heat, As Temps Climb Into The 90s

Jul 6, 2016
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The mercury has already climbed above 90 degrees in Providence. 

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Independence Day is over, but there’s much more to learn about Rhode Island’s role in the American Revolution. The State Archives has new exhibit opening this week about Rhode Island in the year 1776.

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Though quite a bit smaller than the 231-year-old celebration in Bristol, Independence Day ceremonies in Newport drew a healthy crowd.

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Nature enthusiasts around the state are monitoring butterflies for an annual survey taking place across North America. Many factors, including climate change and pesticides, are affecting butterflies,  hindering their ability to successfully breed and develop.

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If you’re wealthy, you may see the British exit from Europe’s economy as an opportunity. 

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