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Johnson and Wales Goes Cold Turkey

Jul 1, 2016
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Johnson and Wales celebrated a new tobacco-free policy today over cold turkey sandwiches. The policy makes JWU the first institution of higher learning in Rhode Island to ban tobacco from their campus. Former student government President Ray Nuñez  says the new policy will focus on encouragement rather than punishment.

"This isn’t a (sic) anti-smoking police system. We’re not going to have people going around giving citations for smoking. It’s going to be a culture movement, where people are going to be respectfully telling people ‘hey, we’re no longer a smoking campus.’"

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Celebrity gossip blogs are speculating that Taylor Swift plans to spend the Fourth of July in Westerly, where the pop star owns a beach house.

Last year, Swift hosted a star-studded holiday bash in Rhode Island, drawing attention on social media. The singer has blogged that the Fourth of July is one of her favorite holidays.

Lots Of Options For Celebrating Independence Day In Rhode Island

Jul 1, 2016
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Across the ocean state, cities and towns are gearing up for July 4th. Parades are stepping off all weekend from South County to Burrillville. Bristol hosts the nation’s oldest Independence Day celebration; this year marks its 231st anniversary.

Residents can catch fireworks throughout the weekend; Woonsocket and Block Island have their shows on Sunday. Narragansett and providence celebrate on Monday.

The 90th annual Ancients and Horribles parade will march down Main Street in Gloucester this year. The parade is known for its crazy costumes and parodies of current events. 

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Providence police conducted an active shooter drill in the capitol city Thursday/ The simulation is part of routine training, but it comes after one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. history.

A little less than three weeks ago a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. A horrific scenario to be sure, but one law enforcement must to be ready to confront.

That’s why Providence police demonstrated tactics for subduing a gunman, during an all-too vivid drill at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the end of the legislative session, public debt, the future of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, property taxes, and much more.

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State Senator Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss local fallout from the Brexit vote; why more people don't run for the General Assembly; and cross-chamber disagreements at the end of session.

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About one-third of 113 General Assembly seats may go uncontested in fall elections.

Elisabeth Harrison

Starting in September, every public school in Providence will designate teams to meet one-on-one with transgender students and their families. Providence Public Schools spokesperson Laura Hart said it’s part of a new policy aimed at making sure schools respect the rights of transgender and other gender non-conforming students.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has signed an $8.9 billion budget into law. It includes millions of dollars for environmental initiatives. Rhode Island Public Radio news director Elisabeth Harrison gets the details from our environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza. 

More Record Travel Expected This Independence Day Weekend

Jun 30, 2016
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Rhode Islanders traveling during Fourth of July weekend will have a lot of company, especially on the road. AAA is expecting the highest number of travelers on record. Almost 43 million Americans will take a trip 50 miles or more from home, says AAA of Southern New England spokesman David Raposa.

“Now of that – and this is really the return of the great American road trip – almost 86% of those who are going to travel will do so by car,” said Raposa

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A fashion superstar from the 1990's, Todd Oldham is the subject of a dazzling retrospective at the RISD Museum, All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion. Oldham drew inspiration from everywhere: from his native Texas to the streets of Tehran and New York, and even  The Three Stooges.

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Imagine having a life-threatening disease that isn’t responding to the typical drugs. But there’s a drug out there – FDA-approved for other conditions – that might work for you. 

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UConn student Haddiyyah Ali got an email from a woman whose story floored her. The woman was working at talent agency in 1965, when she says Bill Cosby invited her to a party at his house.

“When she got there, there was nobody else there," Ali said.

The woman said she was drugged, and woke up to Cosby assaulting her.

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Bristol – There will be floats, bands and puppets, the trill of bagpipes and Sousa marches.

The sailors will step smartly down Hope Street, where the  red, white and blue traffic stripes have  replaced the mundane  yellow strips. The historic harbor is filling with boats, their white sails riffling in the afternoon breeze.

There will be flags, thousands of them. Some will hang from the stately 18th  and 19th century colonials that grace Bristol’s waterfront. The wooly-headed blue hydrangeas sprout from lawns grand and modest.

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The emergence of a second Republican candidate for the Cranston House seat held by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is exposing a conflict within the state GOP.

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