Thanksgiving

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Take a drive through Old Wethersfield, CT and he's hard to miss. Kevin, the wild Old Wethersfield turkey, puffs with personality. So much in fact that he got 65 votes for different positions in the recent town elections. He also has over 5,000 Facebook followers, with 1,000 of those coming his way over the last month.

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Thanksgiving typically ranks as one of the busiest holidays for road trips and New Englanders are likely to see congested roadways, trains and airport security lines this year.

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In this season of peace and good will to all, now comes RI House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan, R-West Warwick, to rip down the mistletoe, knock over the menorah and pour paint thinner in the eggnog.

What else can we take from her ill-advised legislation to "allow" teachers to say Merry Christmas to students and teach them about the history of the various traditions of winter holidays. Talk about a solution looking for a problem.

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A divisive election and Rhode Island’s legacy of organized crime have gotten lots of media attention lately. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reflects on an anniversary that he worries has become an afterthought.

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If you’re hitting the road this Thanksgiving holiday prepare for some company on the interstate, a lot of it. Nearly 50-million people are expected to travel through the weekend. That’s an uptick of nearly 2 percent in the amount of travelers from last Thanksgiving, according to AAA, and the highest number since 2007. The vast majority will hit the road says AAA Northeast spokesman John Paul

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! I'm grateful for our listeners/readers at RIPR, my excellent colleagues in the local media, the staffers and spokespeople on the beat, and of course, Rhode Island politics -- the gift that keeps giving. With that in mind, feel free to drop me a tip or comment via email and to follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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This month we bring you a special, Thanksgiving Rhode Island  Artscape. We take look at the art and the history of the Thanksgiving menu, and how it’s changed

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As families across the state prepare to put their Thanksgiving turkeys in the oven for a long roasting, some may wonder, just where that fowl came from. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender visited one poultry farm in West Greenwich to find out more about raising these traditional birds. 

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Tis the season of shopping, socializing and celebrating. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says commercialism has over shadowed the holiday season.

Traveling For Thanksgiving? Enjoy These Stress-Busters

Nov 25, 2015
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Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. T.F. Green Airport officials expect a rush through Sunday. But they’ve planned ahead to help travelers unwind.

Raimondo's Thanksgiving Table: Gotta Have The Pasta

Nov 25, 2015
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For her first Thanksgiving as governor, Gina Raimondo says she’ll be with family at her mother’s home in Greenville. Raimondo says the menu for 20 will include some typical dishes.

“And we’ll have all the regular fixings plus...a lot of macaroni," said Raimondo. "Of course we’ll have the turkey and the stuffing, but in our house it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if you don’t also have the pasta.”

Raimondo says she wishes all Rhode Islanders a Happy Thanksgiving. 

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and like most of us, the men at the maximum-security prison in Cranston will sit down to a Thanksgiving meal. Their turkey and stuffing will be seasoned with herbs harvested from their prison garden. 

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While some people shopped early on Black Friday at the Providence Place Mall, others combed coat racks across the street on the Statehouse lawn. The 18th annual “Buy Nothing Winter Coat Exchange” collected hundreds of coats across 11 different sites for people in need.

It was a busy intersection on the Statehouse lawn, as people lined up with their cars to drop off bags of coats. Joyce Melton of Warwick was one of those coat donors.

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Thousands of bridge players are skipping the turkey and shuffling their cards Thursday. More than 5,000 thousand bridge players are in Providence competing in the North American Bridge Championships.

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When you sit down at Thanksgiving table today, you might not give much thought to where the turkey comes from. But an interest in buying local is helping area farms.

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