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Sylvia Brown is the 11th generation of the Brown family to live in Rhode Island. Her ancestors were crucial to financing an array of grand institutions, including Brown University, Butler Hospital and the First Baptist Church in America. The family was involved in both slave-trading and the abolition movement. 

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Warwick native Jody King grew up digging for clams. Now, with 25 years of professional quahogging experience under his belt, he runs clamming workshops for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The class, known as “Come Clam With Me,” has been running for six years.

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After years of encouraging solar development, Vermont seems to be attracting the attention of national solar companies.


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Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp., the state's central landfill operator, launched its "Let's Recycle RIght" campaign Monday to help reduce the amount of contaminated recycling loads.


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The Rhode Island House of Representatives and the Senate announced Monday they have reached an agreement to end a month-long impasse over the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing satellites to detect harmful algae in New England lakes. The new technology could discover algae blooms without help from citizen scientists.

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering new lobster fishing restrictions Tuesday. The measures would be an effort to slow the population’s decline in New England.

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As Kevin Sullivan slowly rumbles his pickup truck across his 60 acres of property near the Connecticut-Massachusetts border, he leans in and asks a question: What’s farmland?

Exciting changes are coming to your weekend program lineup on RIPR. The new shows will bring humor, insights and inspiration to your listening. The changes will take place on August 5th and 6th.

NEW SHOW: Planet Money, Sunday at 6:00 AM – This popular segment from NPR is now a half-hour program. Planet Money explains the economy with playful storytelling and deep dives on things like the bail system in New Jersey, how to explain the federal budget in 10 minutes, and the economic benefits of changing your mind.

The calendar keeps zipping along, with August coming up fast. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Charlie Baker, a Republican in Democratic Massachusetts, is a popular governor.  Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat in a Democratic state, has just middling approval ratings.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay contrasts the political fortunes of these two New England governors. 


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TuneIn and NPR Music are on the ground at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival, streaming live sets from across its three stages. TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio channel will bring you live music from Newport, Rhode Island, from 12-7pm ET each day of the festival. Artists confirmed for the live webcast include Big Thief, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, The Wild Reeds, and Pinegrove, but expect to hear from many more.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a prospective GOP candidate for governor, joined Political Roundtable this week to discuss his political future; the hot mic remarks made this week by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed; and the outlook on Obamacare in Washington, D.C.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a potential GOP gubernatorial candidate next year, joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including his support for Donald Trump; immigration; and why Republicans struggle to build their ranks in the General Assembly.

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We brought you the news last week that Barbara Orson, one of the founders of Trinity Rep in Providence, passed away. Orson’s legacy extends beyond the characters she played onstage.

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