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Luthiers are woodworkers specially trained to build and repair stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and basses. Just off the town green in Peace Dale, across the street from the public library, you’ll find Beekman Violin.

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Behind every great pianist, is a page-turner. And at the Newport Music Festival – which turns 50 next year – that page-turner is Elmer Booze.

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The art scene in Newport is known for maritime seascapes and portraits of the city’s Gilded Age wealth. But recently, an influx of challenging contemporary art has popped up in the City by the Sea.

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At the turn of the century, Providence was at the epicenter of technological innovation. Rhode Island’s capital city was home to state of the art manufacturing facilities, and at the center of those companies was Brown and Sharpe.

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Tuesday morning, Bristol held its annual Fourth of July parade, which kicked off at 10:30 at the intersection of Hope and Chestnut streets.


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Rhode Island lawmakers hope to wrap up their Statehouse business and adjourn Friday, at least until the fall. Before they do that, a slew of bills remain on the table. 

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“The Music Man” has been an American staple for 60 years. Now it’s at Theatre by the Sea in Matunick. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says it’s well worth seeing, once again.

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A Vermont father of six is facing deportation to Mexico in a case that highlights shifting federal immigration enforcement priorities.

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The Smith Hill neighborhood in Providence has seen waves of immigrants over the years. The Irish were first, in the early 19th century. Now the neighborhood is almost half Hispanic and Asian, according to the 2010 census. At one time, it was the center of a sizeable Jewish community, and a single synagogue remains.

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The Rhode Island House will settle in this Thursday for a lengthy session to decide the state budget for the next fiscal year. The budget debate could run multiple days.

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Once again, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering bills to legalize recreational marijuana. One of those bills wound up with a number that will have special meaning for anyone familiar with pot-smoking subculture.

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This week Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled a $9.2 billion spending plan that avoids a major tax increase, while closing a $134 million deficit. How did they do it? Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison turns to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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Providence city councilors will soon vote on a new budget that would increase spending on public schools for the first time in seven years. The district wants to use some of that money to improve its struggling middle schools.

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  Once plentiful in New England’s rivers, native Atlantic salmon have since all but disappeared.

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