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  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.

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

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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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Michelle Carter has been sentenced to serve 15 months in jail for causing the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy.  But she will get to stay at home while she appeals her conviction.  The ruling came as a surprise minutes after the judge in the case ordered that Carter be taken into custody immediately. 


Providence City Council Finance Committee Chairman John Igliozzi joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including City Council governing rules; a potential future as president of the council; and a proposed tower above the Providence River. 

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Providence City Council Finance Committee Chairman John Igliozzi joined Political Roundtable this week to discuss how a budget impasse affected the largest city in Rhode Island; President Donald Trump’s announcement of a new immigration bill that would give priority to skilled workers; and Mayor Jorge Elorza’s job performance. 

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A new piece of classical music gets its American premiere Friday at the Rhode Island Philharmonic pops concert in Roger Williams Park. Composer Paul Desenne wrote the piece as a new take on a traditional Viennese polka.

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Some Rhode Island and Massachusetts lobstermen say they’re frustrated that interstate regulators rejected new catch limits at a meeting Tuesday. The lobstermen say new rules are needed to stem dwindling lobster populations in New England. 

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About 400 people filled out applications at Amazon's Fall River warehouse Wednesday as part of a national hiring spree.

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Inside a restaurant on Newport’s hip Broadway Street, diners enjoy a warm summer evening. Back in the kitchen, cooks chop vegetable and plate meals while dishwashers clean pots and pans. There are 11 people in the kitchen tonight, and all but one is Hispanic.

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Rhode Island’s budget impasse is expected to come to an end Thursday afternoon when the state Senate votes on a spending plan for the fiscal year that began July first.

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As Newport’s tourism industry grows, so does its Hispanic community.