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Two polls, released just one day apart, provide slightly different views of Rhode Island's presidential primary. While Donald Trump led both polls among Republicans, one poll showed Democrat Bernie Sanders with a lead, and the other favored Hillary Clinton. 

On Monday, a poll released by Public Policy Polling found Sanders leading Clinton by four points thanks to a boost from Independent voters. But the survey called the Democratic races "toss ups" in both Rhode Island and Connecticut.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will be the commencement speaker at Roger Williams University Law School commencement exercises on May 13th at the school’s Bristol campus.

Perez, the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, is no stranger to Rhode Island. He is a 1983 Brown University graduate, who later earned a graduate degree in political science from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from Harvard’s Law School.


  A Brown University professor and a climate expert is adding his voice in opposition to a power plant proposed in Burrillville.

J. Timmons Roberts filed written testimony on behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation, one of several groups participating in hearings for the proposed power plant. Roberts said the plant will make it impossible for Rhode Island to meet emission reduction goals outlined in the state’s climate change law.

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Starting Tuesday, Brown University hosts a unique four-night film festival put on by the Italian Studies Department, in conjunction with the Cineteca, or film library, in Bolgna, Italy. 

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Rhode Island’s first-ever "Brain Week" launches Saturday. It’s a week of activities focused on brain science and other brain-related pursuits, like art and storytelling.

The week is sponsored by Providence-based non-profit Cure Alliance for Mental Illness. Co-founder Hakon Heimer said the brain remains a final frontier in understanding the human body.

“I sometimes say that the heart is very complicated, but it’s a bit like a toaster compared to a Lamborghini, when you’re talking about the brain,” said Heimer.

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The presidential primary campaign is in high gear, but Rhode Island gets scant attention from White House hopefuls. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some ideas about how we can change this.

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  While former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee’s presidential campaign didn’t pan out, his daughter’s Olympic campaign is a different story.

Earlier this month, Louisa Chafee earned her spot on the 2016 Olympic Sailing Team. Chafee began sailing as a child, and went onto become a three-time All-American at Brown University.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Emily Wooldridge caught up with Louisa about her personal journey, and preparations for the Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

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Brown University researchers have established a link between new cases of HIV and the use of online hook-up sites among men who have sex with men. The researchers are calling on sites like Grindr to help curb the spread of the disease.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Philip Chan and public health researcher Amy Nunn, Ph.D suspected a link between apps like Grindr and new cases of HIV, but until now they didn’t have the data to back that claim.

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Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are the preferred presidential candidates of likely Rhode Island voters, according to a newly released poll by Brown University's Taubman Center For American Politics & Policy.

Bernie Sanders topped Clinton by seven points, 48 percent to 41 percent, in an initial poll by Brown that was conducted February 17-20 -- a striking finding considering how Clinton beat Barack Obama by 18 points in Rhode Island's 2008 primary.

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For serious jazz fans, A Love Supreme, by saxophonist John Coltrane needs no introduction.  A Love Supreme was recorded in one day at the end of 1964, and released 51 years ago this month, in February of 1965. It’s since been recognized as one of the all-time great jazz masterworks.

On Saturday, Urban Bush Women, a group of African American dancers out of Brooklyn, bring their unique interpretation of Coltrane’s achievement to the Vets, in Providence. For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, RIPR's Chuck Hinman reports on the psychology of Coltrane and jazz improvisation.

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At Brown University, health experts will sort fact from fiction on the Zika virus on Wednesday.

Zika virus has been spreading throughout South America. The World Health Organization recently declared it a public health emergency.

But so much is still unknown about the disease. Concerns are growing about the virus’ suspected link to birth defects, but that link has not been confirmed. And there’s still some uncertainty about how the virus spreads.

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Rhode Island has yet another study on what ails our state’s economy, this time from the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think-tank. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what it will take to translate this plan into action.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave talk with Dr. Sylvia Maxfield, dean of the School of Business at Providence College, about the new Brookings Institution report on how to improve Rhode Island's economy.  

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Geoscientists from Brown University are part of a team at NASA looking for good places for humans to explore on the planet Mars, the most Earth-like planet in the solar system.  

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Brown University’s medical school has teamed up with Rhode Island Hospital to teach future doctors how to address opioid addiction and overdose. They’re using a nearly $1million federal dollar grant to create a new curriculum.

And the need could not be more urgent. Just last week the Centers for Disease Control reported that half a million Americans have died from accidental drug overdoses in the past 15 years, mostly involving prescription painkillers and increasingly heroin.