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Sen. Jack Reed has joined four other senators in a letter penned to newly appointed Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The letter asks for an evaluation of President Trump’s refugee travel ban affecting seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Washington state Judge James Robart blocked President Trump’s executive order last week. The President took to Twitter saying Robart was opening the door to potential terrorists.

The administration has since filed for an appeal attempting to reinstate the ban.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is set to host an environmental roundtable at the Save the Bay Center in Providence Monday. The forum ahead of an expected Senate vote for Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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 As natural gas gets diverted for home and other heating this winter, the head of New England's electricity grid is warning about possible future risks to the region's power.

After a quick jaunt out of town, your humble correspondent is back in the Biggest Little. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your comments and tips are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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As the Trump Administration’s policies strike fear in immigrant communities, it’s a good time to reflect on how immigration has made Rhode Island. It’s also time for some of us to consign to history’s dumpster the immigration myths that too often ill inform the public.

Tom Brady’s start at quarterback for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI Sunday night will bookend an unforgettable week for aging champions.

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Friday the investigation into 38 Studios is now closed, although he had hoped to reactivate it and was rebuffed by State Police Col. Ann Assumpico. But Assumpico said there is not persuasive enough evidence to continue the probe at this time.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark discuss business development in suburban Johnston, the town that lured Citizens Bank to build a new campus. Governor Gina Raimondo toured the construction site on Thursday. 

Mark and Dave are joined by Realtor Pete Hayes of Cushman & Wakefield/Hayes & Sherry. Haynes ​was involved in the siting of the new FM Global office in Johnston and the new Citizens Bank complex.

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The heads of three Rhode Island universities join a growing list of leaders at higher learning institutions opposing President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Probation And Parole Reform Clear RI Senate

Feb 3, 2017
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On Thursday the Rhode Island Senate unanimously passed seven bills that seek a major overhaul of Rhode Island’s probation and parole system. The bills, packaged together and dubbed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, address the excessive use of probation in the criminal justice system, particularly among black men and the mentally ill.

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Johnston is home to one of the oldest houses in Rhode Island: the Clemence-Irons House, built in 1691. It's right on George Waterman Road, but if you don't slow down, you'll miss it. 

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Providence's Wilbury Group is doing Harold Pinter's 1978 play “Betrayal” a drama of many turns, many changes. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale has the review.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including some of President Donald Trump's nominees and his view of Governor Raimondo's free college tuition plan.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable to discuss the settlement involving the last defendant in the 38 Studios case, his level of concern over President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, and his political future.

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The Rhode Island ACLU is demanding details from U.S. Customs and Border officials on how they are handling President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The move is a coordinated freedom of information request with multiple states.

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