Rhode Island

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After more than 24 hours on the floor, Democratic members of the House of Representatives have ended their sit-in in the House chamber.

The lawmakers were demanding hearings on gun-control legislation. RI Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin were among them.

Rhode Island’s two representatives joined their Democratic colleagues in chastising Republican lawmakers for refusing to hear, what they call quote “common sense” gun control legislation.

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Central Falls High School has just graduated more than a dozen seniors who are the first in Rhode Island to receive special recognition for speaking and reading two languages. 

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the all-night session that closed out the legislative session will not happen again on his watch. Lawmakers concluded their 2016 session after sunrise on Saturday.

The Providence Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing Tuesday, to consider whether state Rep. John Carnevale lives in his district.

Following an undercover report last week by WPRI-TV, state Republican chairman Brandon Bell filed a complaint against Carnevale.

Bell’s complaint asks the Canvassers Board to consider whether Carnevale really lives at his listed address in Providence. Carnevale maintains he does live at the Providence location.

WPRI’s undercover report found Carnevale a frequent presence at a property he owns outside his district in Johnston.

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Thousands turned out for Rhode Island’s Pride Festival Saturday. Organizers expected the event to draw exceptionally large crowds following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Spirits were high among those who thronged the blocked-off street, lined with dozens of booths representing everything from LGBTQ athletic clubs, wedding planners, and dozens of vendors.

Lenore Costa came to the event from Swansea, Massachusetts.

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The state department of labor put out its monthly jobs report Thursday. The numbers show mixed news for the state.

Once burdened with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Rhode Island’s most recent rate stood at 5.4 percent, for the sixth consecutive month. 

That’s down about a point from the same time last year, but still more than a point higher than the national average.

The number of jobs in the state dropped by two-thousand between April and May. 

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Rhode Island’s largest health system posted a $9 million dollar net loss for the 2015 fiscal year. Those losses come in part from Lifespan’s behavioral health entity, Gateway Healthcare.

But total operating revenue is up slightly over the previous year, as are expenses.

In its most recent annual report, Lifespan details more growth: the addition of more than 200 employees, and a boost in the number of outpatient visits over last year.

LGBT advocates have scheduled a vigil Tuesday at Roger Williams National Memorial park in Providence, in response to the attack in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman opened fire in a nightclub, killing 49 people before he was shot down by police.

Speakers from several gay, lesbian, trans and queer groups will deliver remarks. Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are also expected to participate.

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Rhode Island joined communities across the country last night with a vigil commemorating the victims of the Orlando nightclub attacks.

The Parent Support Network of Rhode Island hosts a conference Wednesday to highlight the challenge for children with severe disabilities, mental health and substance abuse issues as they transition into adulthood. It’s the time when young adults must leave behind many of the services they relied on through childhood and adolescence.

When young people reach the ages of 16 to 25, they may age out of social support programs geared towards children.

Governor Gina Raimondo has been in office for almost 18 months. She stopped by our studio Thursday to talk about a range of issues, including today’s visit to Rhode Island by Vice President Joe Biden.

For more conversation with the governor, check our Political Roundtable segment.

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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.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about the heightened focus on good government, the outlook for improving Rhode Island's economy, and efforts to improve the skills of Rhode Island workers.

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Rhode Island ranks among the bottom for affordable rents nationwide. That’s according to a new report out from the National Low Income Housing Coalition – a D.C. based housing advocacy group.

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless director Jim Ryczek said it takes nearly double the state’s minimum wage to comfortably afford the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment.

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