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State lawmakers and local supporters showed up Thursday for the opening of the Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in Providence. Many of the state’s Democratic leadership, including Governor Gina Raimondo are backing the former Secretary of State.

Warwick resident Justine Lutzel-Caldwell voted for Clinton in 2008 and favors her positions on women’s health.

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The head of the National Science Foundation visits the Ocean State today. She’ll meet with researchers, scientists and educators throughout the state.

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova will stop by Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Rhode Island to meet with the state’s top scientists.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is hosting Córdova for the day to show her some of the groundbreaking research happening in the state.

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss a range of political and good government issues.

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John Marion, executive director of the good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable this week 

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Two elected officials representing Burrillville are asking state regulators to deny approving a proposed power plant in their town. 

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  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is backing Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Garland met with Whitehouse Wednesday. Garland is making his customary rounds, meeting with members of Congress as he seeks the judgeship.

Garland faces opposition from Republican lawmakers who say they will not allow his confirmation to proceed.

Whitehouse said he’s working to ensure that Republican members of Congress will properly vet Garland.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday she would veto at least one bill designed to make it harder to open new charter schools. Speaking at an on-the-record lunch with reporters, Raimondo discussed a bill that would require local elected officials to sign off on new or expanding charter schools.

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Minimizing damage from future floods will be the focus of a gathering today in Smithfield.

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Mayors and law enforcement leaders from Rhode Island and Massachusetts gathered in Providence Wednesday for a summit on reducing gun violence. Boston and Providence are taking part in a new effort to combat gun violence.

The new program brings several cities, including the two state capitals, together with non-profit Arms with Ethics, to pilot programs aimed at reducing gun violence.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says working regionally cities, and towns will be better able to crack down on illegal gun trade. 

Elisabeth Harrison

UPDATE: Tonight's PawSox Opener has been postponed due to rain.  The home-opener is now scheduled for Friday at 6:15pm.

Thursday is opening day for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game comes after a tumultuous year for the PawSox. A new ownership team announced plans to move the team to Providence, but the architect of the deal died unexpectedly, the public rebelled, and the plan had to be scrapped.  

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sat down with the PawSox new President Charles Steinberg to find out what’s next for the team.

Katherine Doherty

The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in a little more than two weeks. As part of our RhodyVotes '16 coverage of this year’s election, we’re listening to what voters have to say across the state. Our producer Katherine Doherty found a range of views when she spoke to residents in Warwick. 

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  Calling it an ``election year stunt,’’ Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has vetoed a City Council ordinance that would establish a $12.50 per hour minimum wage for city employees.

``I cannot burden the taxpayers with what amounts to nothing more than a poorly thought out election year stunt,’’ said Fung in a news release.  ``The proposed ordinance does not have a proper cost-benefit analysis, has no data to support the arbitrary selection of $12, $12.50 or the originally proposed $15.’’

Kristin Gourlay

Child welfare officials say they are already working to correct several problems highlighted in a report from the Office of the Child Advocate, which found two infants' deaths could have been prevented. The report looked at the deaths of three infants, two in state care and one whose parents had prior contact with the child welfare system.

The findings raised questions about safety for foster children, particularly children placed with relatives in unlicensed foster homes. 

Last month, the Providence City Council passed a resolution declaring support for the Rhode Island Middle Passage Project. This is the local chapter of a nationwide effort now underway to install historic markers memorializing the lives of Africans who were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. Rhode Island has four sites identified as places for such markers. On Thursday afternoon, April 7, the statewide committee coordinating this effort meets to plan the next steps.

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State Rep. Karen MacBeth (R-Cumberland) said Tuesday that she believes a rising tide of discontent among Rhode Island voters will boost her campaign against First District Congressman David Cicilline.

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