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The Gamm Theatre is dashing through Oscar Wilde’s ever-popular comedy with a point, “The Importance of Being Earnest” while the Wilbury Group is tangling with Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker.”   Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale has seen them both.

A group of 37 U.S. senators is calling for greater scrutiny of credit agency Equifax after a major data breach. The senators want to know if Equifax executives engaged in insider trading after the discovery of the breach, which exposed the personal financial data of 143 million Americans. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Speaking by phone from his Washington office, he said Equifax no longer deserves Americans’ trust.

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Tropical Storm Jose is just grazing New England, but it’s creating unsafe conditions for fishermen out at sea. Even as the storm moves north, many commercial fishermen remain in port, waiting for the storm to pass further away.

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Cape Cod and the surrounding islands are forecast to get some of the worst wind and rain from Jose, although the storm is tracking further east than earlier predictions had indicated. In Falmouth, some residents were stocking up on water, gas and food Tuesday, ahead of the storm.

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Jane Goodall, renowned chimp expert and conservationist, spread her message of hope for the environment during a lecture Tuesday in front of nearly 5,700 people at the University of Rhode Island.


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Meeting during a rare September session, the General Assembly on Tuesday passed bills to require paid sick days for workers, expand disability pension opportunities for firefighters, and to remove guns from domestic abusers facing a final protective order.

Scott Indermaur

Race in America.  What a complicated issue.  As a nation, we've wrestled with the complex legacy of our treatment of Native Americans, the painful history of slavery, and, more recently, what it means to be a person of color, an immigrant, a refugee.  The public policy implications of our ruminations are so very challenging, ranging from issues of reparations to affirmative action to immigration.  There seems to be no end to controversy, debate, and competing narratives.

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Hurricane Jose is predicted to have the greatest impact on the Cape and islands but some Block Island anglers see it as an opportunity for surfcasting, a special kind of fall fishing.

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Hurricane Jose was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved towards Southern New England. But sailors are still preparing.

National Hurricane Center

Forecasters predict Hurricane Jose will slowly weaken to a tropical storm as it moves up the coast, although Southeastern New England is still not in the clear.

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Are Americans ready to consider a single-payer health care system? What’s next for the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's signature health care law?

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health reporter Lynn Arditi and political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to find out.

Sarabande Books

An author’s first book is a special event, at least for the author, and even more so when it gains national recognition. That’s the happy situation for Shawn Wen, a former employee of RIPR. Wen has written an unconventional biography of Marcel Marceau, the acclaimed mime artist who died in 2007. The book is called A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause. Wen was in Providence recently to give a reading, and said it was a homecoming, of sorts. 

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Ash trees in New England and across the country are at risk of extinction because of a foreign beetle known as the emerald ash borer.  


John Bender / RIPR

With a tropical storm warning in effect for Rhode Island and the South Coast of Massachusetts, stormy waters have already swept several people off rocks in Narragansett. In Newport, officials are warning residents to stay out of the water as Hurricane Jose brings rip tides and heavy surf. But the weather has area surfers hitting the beach.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Monday new efforts to aid some of the estimated 1,200 "Dreamers" in the Ocean State who could face deportation.

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