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If you are a college basketball fan in Rhode Island, it doesn’t get much better than the thrills URI provided its long-suffering fans on Sunday. The fourth-seeded Rams stymied a late rally by second-seeded Virginia Commonwealth and won the Atlantic-10 Championship, 70-63, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

As balloons descended from the rafters, Rhody players pulled championship T-shirts over their uniforms, hugged each other and hugged the impressive championship trophy. The real prize, though, was the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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Punk fans don’t need an introduction to the Downtown Boys. But Rhode Islanders may not know they’ve got one of the hottest punk bands in their backyard.

This is how it was supposed to be, back in November when the Rhode Island Rams were ranked nationally and considered a virtual lock for the NCAA Tournament. This is how it was supposed to be come the second weekend in March, the Rams playing for the Atlantic-10 Conference Championship.

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U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha is among the Obama-era federal prosecutors who stepped down Friday following a request from the Trump administration.

I really, really hope the University of Rhode Island beats Davidson in the Atlantic 10 semifinals Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh and then defeats Virginia Commonwealth or Richmond on Sunday for the championship.

There, I’ve said it. After close to 40 years of no cheering in the press box while I was a newspaper guy, I can take sides now that I am a blogger.

Lots of sharp elbows and ill feeling in Rhode Island this week. We'll delve deeper, 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.

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The state Board of Elections is expected to schedule a recall election of Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson when the board meets Monday.  This comes after Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea called on the board to take action.  

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Select middle school students from across Rhode Island meet with a NASA engineer Saturday as part of NASA’s Globe Challenge. The program, a collaboration between NASA and U.S. Department of Education, aims to get lower income and at-risk students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

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As plans to build a new transportation hub in Providence move forward, Rhode Islanders told transportation officials the amenities they’re looking for at a meeting Thursday evening. The proposed center would connect bus and train services.

Mike Stenhouse, heads the local conservative think tank the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. This morning, he joins our political team to talk about some of Rhode Island’s current issues. Together they discuss the state’s car tax, the Governor’s plan for free college tuition, and efforts to cross party lines in these partisan times.

ACA Repeal Could Affect Care For The Elderly

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New England is one of the fastest aging regions in the country. To keep up with the demand for care of the elderly, there is an increasing dependence on nursing assistants and home health workers. But those workers could be affected if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

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In the latest Invenergy power plant news, the Town of Johnston faces another lawsuit- this time from the Town of Burrillville. But Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena says he's not worried. 

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This week, Mike Stenhouse from the conservative leaning think-tank the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity joins us. 

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Ray Gallison, the once-powerful chairman of the House Finance Committee, formally pleaded guilty Thursday to nine federal charges, after a judge told him he faces a maximum prison sentence of 111 years.

Investigators announced in January that Gallison would plead guilty to charges he had enriched himself by preying on others, including a disabled person and a deceased friend.

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In Providence, Ward 3 residents want a recall election for City Councilman Kevin Jackson, but that recall election may not happen without action by the City Council.

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