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Just when you think the PawSox stadium might be down for the count this legislative session, a new proposal emerges on the scene. 

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Americans have jousted over abortion for decades. Some supporters of abortion rights thought the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that permitted legal abortions would end the debate. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says they were wrong.

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A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session.

Biomass is wood waste that is burned to generate electricity. It’s also considered a renewable resource.

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It wasn't just any pothole.

It was more like a void, measuring four feet long and four feet wide. And it caused a traffic jam for miles.

Construction crews spent time late Thursday evening filling in the giant pothole, which opened up on Intersate 195.

The hole was the reason for snarled traffic around Providence Wednesday afternoon and evening. The state Department of Transportation says the problem is now fixed.

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It's June first, and that's a key date in Massachusetts’ efforts to set up a legal recreational cannabis industry.  It’s the first day the Cannabis Control Commission can begin awarding licenses to marijuana businesses.  But don't look for a flood of licenses to be issued right away.

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Today is the day Rhode Island drivers will have to put down their cell phones while driving, or risk getting a hundred dollar ticket. Rhode Island’s hand-free cell phone law is officially now in effect.

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Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable to discuss Deepwater Wind's expansion plan, the latest PawSox proposal, and the state of the Ocean State economy.

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Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state's incentive programs, whether enough is being done to help small businesses, the effectiveness of the Rhode Island Promise program and other issues.

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It remains unclear if the Pawtucket Red Sox will support the revised stadium plan unveiled this week by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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Construction on a new offshore wind farm called "Revolution Wind" is expected to create more than 800 jobs in the Ocean State. The project is also expected to provide affordable, clean energy for ratepayers. 


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Providence College is 101 years old.  In doing research before the centennial, two of the school’s professors unearthed a surprising story: For several decades in the first half of the 20th century, Catholic PC was a welcoming haven for Jewish students. For this month’s Artscape, RIPR’s Chuck Hinman introduces us to those professors, their story and how they turned it into the documentary, “Sons of Providence”:

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“The Pirates of Penzance,” that 19th Century view of a Great Britain long gone, is rarely seen these days. But the Wilbury Theater Group has revived it. 

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Prosecutors in Connecticut plan to appeal the dismissal of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

How One Unaccompanied Minor Made Her Way To Massachusetts

May 31, 2018

Recent news reports about the U.S. government losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in its care has prompted outrage and confusion. These are children who came here as unaccompanied minors and were placed with sponsors. Their sponsors are often parents or close relatives already living in the country.

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Rhode Island health officials say hospital emergency rooms are seeing a spike in the number of patients being treated for drug overdoses.

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