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Children of all ages will say their goodbyes to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus this weekend in Providence. The city is hosting the 146-year-old institution’s final New England performances, just days ahead of the grand denouement in New York on May 21.

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The Providence City Council has been ensnared in controversy of late. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why the council is so ineffective.

Keith Kelly of Barrington has been named the new president of Citizens Bank Rhode Island. The bank employs more than 5,300 people.

The American Health Care Act narrowly passed in the U.S. House Thursday. The bill had received only one vote more than the 216 required to move on to the Senate. The bill repeals most of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under Obamacare, Rhode Island was able to insure more than 100,000 residents through Medicaid expansion.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to talk about her relationship with legislative leaders, the outlook on keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, her move as state treasurer to raise the stake in pension funds and more.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook for her college tuition plan; Speaker Mattiello's commitment to phasing out the car tax; and the recall of Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson.

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There’s a new crop of firefighters joining the Cranston Fire Department. The department will swear in the first female firefighter in city history.

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A report released Wednesday found more than 1,200 Rhode Island families were unable to receive food stamp benefits in a timely manner in March. The issues come as the state continues to work out a new digital benefits system.

The numbers come from the state Department of Human Services. The report is required as a part of settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island over the botched rollout of a system for administering human service benefits known as UHIP.

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The anniversary of Rhode Island's declaration of independence from the British Empire in 1776 is being marked Wednesday.

Rhode Island repealed legislation pledging its allegiance to the crown -- two months before any of the 12 other colonies.

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As police- minority relations continue to garner national attention, a new police organization made up of minority law enforcement officers aims to address what it sees as a lack of diversity in Rhode Island's field of criminal justice.

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A coalition of groups staged a Statehouse news conference Wednesday to call for modernizing local elections. The effort is organized by the good government organization Common Cause of Rhode Island.

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Democratic Sen. Bill Conley of East Providence is leading Rhode Island’s clean energy industry in the right direction, according to a regional organization that works to grow the green energy economy. 

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Now that longtime Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson is on his way out, Ward 3 voters in Providence are waiting for a field of candidates to emerge for the seat. Only one person has thrown his hat into the ring so far.

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Jennifer Wood, the top lawyer for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, is leaving to become executive director of a nonprofit public interest law group, the Rhode Island Center for Justice.

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End Citizens United, a national grassroots political action committee, is officially endorsing U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse for his 2018 re-election, calling him a “champion of campaign finance reform.”

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