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A group of Roger Williams University students who are studying abroad at the University of Westminster this semester have reported they are safe after the attack that left four people dead near Parliament in London.

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The Red Bandana Fund, which honors the life and work of the late Richard Walton, is once again seeking nominations for the Red Bandana Award. This award is given annually to a person or organization who embodies the work and spirit of Walton, a journalist, teacher and activist for labor, peace and social justice.

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The chairman of the Providence Republican City Committee was removed from his post yesterday after his arrest on child molestation charges.

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Rhode Island’s two U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both denounced President Trump’s revised executive order banning immigration and travel from six Muslim majority countries.

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed an objection in Rhode Island Superior Court to Gov. Gina Raimondo’s legal petition to release the grand jury records from the state police 38 Studios case. Kilmartin’s objection did not include his reasoning for blocking release of the grand jury files, which Raimondo has sought to open up.

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Acclaimed actress Jessica Lange will be honored by Trinity Repertory Company with the 2017 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at the 21st annual Pell Awards Gala to be held on Monday, May 22 at the new WaterFire Arts Center in Providence.

A coalition of six mayors of Rhode Island cities and towns have announced support for Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to guarantee two years of tuition-free college at the state’s public higher education institutions.

The mayors are Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Cumberland Mayor William Murray, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa,  and Johnston Mayor Joe Polisena.

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Organized labor has faced tough times in recent years as manufacturing has moved abroad, Republican governors and legislators have gone after public employee unions, and weak labor laws make union organizing more difficult.

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Governor Gina Raimondo is poised Monday to announce a major education initiative that would make the first two years of public higher education tuition-free for Rhode Island high school graduates enrolled at the state’s three public colleges – the Community College of Rhode Island, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, according to Statehouse sources.

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Longtime Latino political activist and educator Victor Capellan is stepping down as chairman of the Providence City Democratic Committee. In a news release, Capellan said he is focus on his position as school superintendent in Central Falls.

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Once again, a national study shows some good news for Rhode Island – the Ocean State has one of the nation’s very lowest per capita gun violence rates.

Albert T. Klyberg, a prolific teacher, researcher, Rhode Island historian and for nearly three decades the executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, died last night in his sleep. He was 76.

Klyberg ran the society during a period of rapid expansion. Under his leadership, the society grew to include the Robinson Research Center, the Aldrich House on Providence’s East Side, and the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket.

The New Year has begun, and that means it’s time for a new legislative session on Smith Hill. Lawmakers are expected to take up a range of issues, from car taxes to a budget deficit, and perhaps recreational marijuana. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison sat down for a preview of the legislative session with our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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Former Providence city archivist Paul Campbell, who was fired last year, has reached a settlement of his grievance against city government.

Campbell said he received a "modest’’ cash settlement that he would not disclose and an additional six months of pension time, bringing his total pension years with the city to about 15 years.

The city also acknowledged, through its lawyer, that Campbell "is a highly regarded individual in his field. He’s a historian and has done excellent service to the city of Providence in the city archives.’’

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Rhode Island is likely to lose one of its two U.S. House seats after the 2020 U.S. Census, according to projections by reapportionment guru Kimball W. Brace, who has for many years helped Rhode Island lawmakers draw both state legislative and congressional districts.

This comes as scant surprise to Rhode Island political insiders and the local gang of 500 that follows such news. House seats are based on population, while each state gets two senators, regardless of how many people live in a state.

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