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Cecil Stoughton / White House/ John F. Kennedy Library

Audiences have been watching Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary on PBS. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been watching too, and this week he explores the complex question of what American war policy would have been without the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


John Bender / RIPR

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has accused the state Board of Elections of violating federal election law by failing to collect personal data about some newly registered voters. He made his concerns known in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and shared the allegations with several media outlets, including RIPR.

Why does Sports World wrap itself in the American flag? I wondered about that last weekend as President Trump strained his thumbs firing off more than a dozen tweets criticizing National Football League players who knelt rather than stood at attention during the playing of our national anthem.

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Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents have amassed enough donations meant for Puerto Rico to fill nearly ten cargo ship containers.

But getting those donations to the island following Hurricane Maria is proving difficult. Organizations like The Salvation Army and American Red Cross have been primarily collecting monetary donations.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable to discuss President Trump's criticism of NFL players; the use of incentives to spark the Wexford Innovation Complex in the I-195 District; and the ongoing debate over the PawSox.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss President Trump's job performance, competition among Republicans for state office in 2018, and the new GOP tax plan, among other issues.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

The Narragansett Indian Tribe will serve as a backup water supplier for a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville. 

Debi Cornwall

"Welcome to Camp America: Beyond Gitmo" is a photographic exhibit now at the Carriage House Gallery at the Brown University Center for Public Humanities. For this month’s Artscape, the visual artist Debi Cornwall talks to Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman about making pictures at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   

Avory Brookins / RIPR

As my tour guide, Bill Eccleston, and I walked through the dirt, twigs and puddles of the George Washington Wildlife Management Area in Burrillville, we heard a bird call above us. 

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has vetoed a bill making it easier for firefighters to get disability pensions, saying it would reverse fiscal progress made by the state's cities and towns.

Neil Pearson/Save The Bay

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have received a $19 million federal grant to study how man-made and natural climate changes are affecting ecosystems in Narragansett Bay.


Adam Glanzman / CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

Rick Pitino, the celebrated college basketball coach who led the Providence College Friars to the team’s last Final Four appearance in 1987, was fired as coach of the University of Louisville after an FBI investigation into a scandal surrounding the team.

KRIS GROGAN / U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

Students, families and many school staff in Holyoke, Massachusetts, are still desperate for news from relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last week.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

The number of people diagnosed with sexually-transmitted diseases in Rhode Island and across the country is at an all-time high, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fred Bever / Maine Public Radio

New England is home to thousands of dams that have fallen out of use -- a legacy of our industrial past. 

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