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The Native American group that camped out for weeks on land owned by Brown University has ended their demonstration. The university and the group reached an agreement late last week.

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If you tune into 95.5 FM today, you’ll hear Christian rock, a far cry from the edgy, alternative music WBRU broadcast on 95.5 for decades. The station sold the signal to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation this year. RIPR’s John Bender hung out with some of the WBRU DJs, reporters, and producers right before the switch.


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The announcement that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will be phased out came the same day that many colleges and universities began a new school year. Dozens of New England students had sought protection under the program, which granted temporary reprieves to young people without documentation, if they were brought into the U.S. as children.

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The group that calls itself the Pokanoket Nation has been camped out on Bristol’s Mount Hope for the last week. Members of the tribe say that land belonged to their ancestors, and they want Brown University to give it back.

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The radio station WBRU may soon be home to one the country’s largest contemporary Christian music broadcasters.  The station run by Brown University students confirmed earlier this year it was seeking a buyer for its powerful 95.5 signal. Now there are signs it has found one.

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Howard Dean, former presidential candidate and former Vermont governor, weighed in on politics Wednesday while speaking to Brown University medical students in Providence.

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Viruses and bacteria are constantly evolving. As their genes mutate, they develop ways to evade human and medical defenses. Now, a team of researchers are studying just how these mutations work.

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The late Brown University Art Professor Walter Feldman was awarded the Bronze Star, posthumously, in a ceremony Monday in the Providence office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo signed several bills Monday aimed at the ongoing fight against drug overdose deaths. More than 300 people died of drug overdose in Rhode Island in 2016, an increase from the previous year.

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Sylvia Brown is the 11th generation of the Brown family to live in Rhode Island. Her ancestors were crucial to financing an array of grand institutions, including Brown University, Butler Hospital and the First Baptist Church in America. The family was involved in both slave-trading and the abolition movement. 

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In Rhode Island, Frank Williams is known as a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court. But among Civil War enthusiasts, he is known as an authority on all things Abraham Lincoln. He’s also the owner of a vast collection of more than 17,000 Civil War artifacts. He's now donating his collection to Mississippi State University.

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President Donald Trump has lost some of his support in Kent County since the election last November. That’s one of the findings in a new poll from Brown University’s Taubman Center.

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Over the weekend the city of Warwick celebrated the 245th anniversary of the burning of the British ship, the HMS Gaspee.  Many Rhode Islanders consider it one of the earliest clashes in the American Revolution. The skirmish is often overshadowed by the better known Boston Tea Party, which took place more than a year later.

Now a group of Brown University students is working to raise the profile of the Gaspee Affair. They're creating a virtual reality experience aimed at middle and high school students.

Rhode Island's next big election season is slowly emerging even as summer beckons. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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