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With an election coming up Tuesday, WPRI.com politics and economics reporter Ted Nesi joins RIPR's Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis to discuss the top legislative primaries in Providence and Cranston.

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Colonel Steven O’Donnell of the Rhode Island State Police is retiring later this month.

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The City of Providence has a new work of public art. Installations have popped up in public spaces across the city over the past year. The latest is a large mural called “BattleCat,” painted by an Austrian artist who goes by the name NYCHOS.

It’s a part of a series of paintings created by international artists visiting the city through a residency program.

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Hundreds of thousands of Rhode  Islanders receive state assistance like food stamps and Medicaid. The agency that helps connect them with those benefits - the Department of Human Services - is in the midst of a major reorganization. 

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The state plans to speed up an overhaul of bridges along the 6/10 Connector because they’re deteriorating faster than expected and will eventually pose a safety risk, Governor Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday during a Statehouse news conference.

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Few people know that Providence is home to a plaza designed by the architect I.M. Pei, the man behind the famous pyramids outside the Louvre Museum in Paris. In the 1960s, Providence hired Pei to redesign Cathedral Square during a push for urban renewal. But the effort failed to attract people or achieve the renown of some of Pei's later projects.

State legislators received scores based on their voting record on issues like land and water conservation, renewable energy, and transportation. The Environmental Council of Rhode Island, a coalition of local environmental organizations, said there’s room for improvement.

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The lawsuit, over the use of a hazardous gasoline additive, names defendants including British Petroleum and Exxon Mobile.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Trust

Sep 6, 2016

Trust is an essential element in the human species.  We depend on trust for our very survival.  An infant cannot survive without being able to trust her nurturing parent.  Marriages that lack trust hit a dead end.  Handshakes that seal a business deal assume genuine trust, which sometimes springs from a leap of faith.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” Bill Miles reflects on the most basic form of trust that connects human beings and other creatures.    

 

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Here's what's happening in health care in Rhode Island:

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein on Tuesday approved the $25.6 million settlement over 38 Studios with two large financial firms, Wells Fargo Securities and Barclays Capital.

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Across the country, a growing number of major corporations, like Google and Amazon, are buying their own renewable energy. They’re not waiting for utilities to make the shift away from fossil fuels. Here in the Ocean State, the Narragansett Bay Commission is also moving in that direction to save money and reduce carbon emissions.

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It's standard medical care: Newborn babies are routinely given a shot of vitamin K to help clot their blood. But some parents are declining the shots, in a move that some doctors disagree with.

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Brown University senior  Sovijja Pou competed for the Cambodian swim team at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He talks with RIPR's Chuck Hinman about his experiences there:

NOAA

The storm, Hermine, which made landfall last week has been downgraded from a category one hurricane, to a tropical storm, to what's called a post-tropical cyclone. In general terms that just means a lower-strength event, said Rebecca Gould, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"Really no different than a Nor’easter," said Gould. "You might get some showers, some rain, probably not until [Monday night] into [Tuesday]. Winds along the south coast will be a bit stronger than anywhere else. We’re expecting gusts up to about 30-35 mph. In Providence 25-30 mph gusts."

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