John Bender

Reporter

John started at RIPR in 2013 as the Morning Edition producer; researching stories, interviewing newsmakers, and writing scripts for stories every morning.  Plus special projects and regular reporting on major events.  In early 2017 he was promoted to "general assignment" reporter.  Whatever's happening in the news today?  That's what John is covering. 

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The Providence City Council withdrew a proposed rule change Monday that would have allowed councilors to remove a sitting president. The decision followed former President Luis Aponte’s recent resignation.

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Mosques around Rhode Island opened their doors to the public Saturday, in an effort to increase the visibility of Muslims in the Ocean State. Visitors to Masjid Al-Islam in North Smithfield, the state’s largest mosque, had the opportunity to eat halal food, try on a headscarf, and learn more about the religion.

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Some 2,000 people gathered at the site of the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick Sunday, for the dedication of a new memorial. The space has been more than a decade in the making.

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For the last two days, Providence has broken temperature records. The heat reached 90 degrees Friday, beating the previous record of 89 degrees set in 1906. Thursday, temperatures climbed to 93 degrees, one degree higher than the record set in 1936.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said the weather was caused by winds blowing warm air and humidity up from the Bermuda area.

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Providence City Council President Luis Aponte has resigned. This comes after more than a week of pressure on the embattled head to step down from his post.

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A majority of Providence city councilors have scheduled a special meeting to remove their President Luis Aponte from his post. In order to do so, the council must formally change their rules.

Currently, there appears to be no procedure to remove Aponte from his post. If the measure is adopted, this language would be added to the city council rules:

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Just two councilors attended the Providence City Council meeting Thursday, the body's first full meeting after a vote of “no confidence” in its leader, President Luis Aponte. That vote, and calls to step down, have dogged Aponte since his indictment last week on felony charges of embezzlement and misuse of campaign funds. 

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The former U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island, Peter Neronha, is applauding the choice of Robert Mueller to assist the FBI investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian meddling in the U.S. election.  Neronha got to know Mueller during their time working for the federal government.

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The City of Providence Law Department is combing through city charter and parliamentary rules looking for ways the City Council can conduct its business without the leadership of President Luis Aponte, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said Wednesday. This is the latest step in an escalating battle between Aponte, his fellow councilors and the Mayor’s office.

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Providence City Council President Luis Aponte said Monday he will not step down from his leadership position, despite growing demands to do so.

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A group of Providence city councilors is expected to issue a vote of no-confidence in Council President Luis Aponte Monday. Aponte was charged last week on charges of felony embezzlement and misuse of campaign funds. 

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The new Ward 3 candidate is Republican David Lallier Jr. 

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Providence City Council President Luis Aponte pleaded not guilty after being arraigned Wednesday on four charges related to his campaign finances.

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A coalition of social justice and immigrant rights’ groups are calling on state officials to protect undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island. This comes after executive orders by President Donald Trump called for a heightened focus on deportations.

The coalition sent letters to Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

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A coalition of social justice and immigrant rights’ groups are calling on state officials to protect undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island. This comes after executive orders by President Donald Trump called for a heightened focus on deportations.

The coalition sent letters to Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

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