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With the start of the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, thousands of music lovers will pack Fort Adams State Park for the next three days. Then the following week, more people arrive for the Newport Jazz Festival.

As these festivals have grown in popularity, so too has the profile of the historic fort, which sat nearly empty for decades. Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender took a tour of the fort to find out how large crowds and popular festivals are changing the historic landmark.

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After a trip half-way around the world to Kazakhstan, Newport's Island Moving Company is home and holding it's annual Great Friends Dance Festival.

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The French Alliance of Newport expressed sadness after the deadly attack in Nice, France, which claimed the lives of more than 80 people. Crowds were mowed down by a truck during outdoor celebrations of Bastille Day in the coastal city, a vacation destination for many tourists.

French Alliance of Newport spokeswoman Polly Lyman said she found out about the attack following a local celebration of Bastille Day.

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  The IYRS School of Technology and Trades breaks ground Friday on a new addition to its Newport campus. The facility will house a composite submarine systems program. IYRS started as a yacht restoration school but has recently expanded to train workers for other types of manufacturing jobs. IYRS’ Jill Levin coordinated the capital campaign for new building.

“I think it’s important because there is a working waterfront and it’s disappearing and for us to be able to recreate and continue this working waterfront here in Newport,” said Levin.

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Though quite a bit smaller than the 231-year-old celebration in Bristol, Independence Day ceremonies in Newport drew a healthy crowd.

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Starting Friday, ferry boats will sail Narragansett Bay, connecting Providence and Newport for the first time since 2009. The high-speed ferry is scheduled to run daily through early September.

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Newport could become the second municipality to ban plastic shopping bags in the Ocean State. An ordinance is working its way through the city council.

Newport Councilman John Florez introduced the measure Wednesday, which would phase out the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and other shops in the city.

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Researchers with the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project say they’re one step closer to determining whether Captain Cook’s famous ship, the Endeavour, lies at the bottom of Newport Harbor.

The historic Endeavour was used for transportation by the British during the American Revolution, and was part of a fleet sent to occupy Newport. In 1778, the ship was part of a group of five intentionally sunk in Newport Harbor to protect the city.

But the ship was renamed the Lord Sandwich before it went to America, said lead researcher Kathy Abbass.

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Rhode Island’s presidential primary is less than two weeks away, and we are listening to voters from across the State. Rhode Island Public Radio producer Martin Gallogly talked to husband and wife Mimi and Bruce Bartlett at Gary's Handy Lunch, a diner in Newport.

The Bartletts say one of their biggest concerns is national security, but they disagree with Donald Trump's proposals to deport immigrants, and build a wall along the Mexican border. They plan to vote for a Democrat but they are still unsure which one.

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Historic places all over the world face the challenge of rising seas as a result of climate change. Preservationists have convened in Newport this week to talk about how to protect these treasured places.

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Many of Rhode Island’s 18th century buildings have survived a number of coastal storms in the past: the Great September Gale of 1815, the 1938 Hurricane, and most recently Superstorm Sandy. 

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Robert Redford and Rooney Mara are teaming up to bring Hollywood to Rhode Island. That’s the word from Steve Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.

Redford and Mara will star in "The Discovery," a science-fiction love story set in a world where the existence of the afterlife is scientifically proven.

Redford returns to the Ocean State for the first time since his lead role in "The Great Gatsby," the 1974 movie filmed in Newport, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age novel.

The Newport Fire Marshall begins an investigation into the fire that destroyed a historic mansion on Bellevue Avenue. No one was reported injured in the blaze, which began Thursday afternoon.

The fire broke out at the historic Stonor Lodge, a 9,000 square foot historic building, in the midst of a renovation.

Newport Fire Captain Phil Oliveira says the blaze had completely engulfed the building the time crews arrived on scene.

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Newport’s historic Redwood Library is about to start charging entrance fees for the first time in its 269-year history. The private library was founded in 1747 and has been funded through a combination of membership fees, donations and grants. 

But this year the library has fallen short of expenses. Spokeswoman Gretchen Markert said starting next month they will charge a $10 entrance fee for all non-members who visit the library collection.

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