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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.

RYAN CARON KING / WNPR

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

Last Coal-Burning Power Plant In Mass. Shuts Down

Jun 1, 2017
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The last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts — and the largest in New England — shut down for good on Wednesday.

For more than 50 years, the massive Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset has generated electricity fueled by shiploads of coal from as far away as Colombia and South Africa.

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Across Rhode Island, college graduates are headed to the wider world. But many of them will spend years paying down the student loans that financed their degrees. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to give students a break, and bring down the cost of higher education.   

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With the summer theater scene about to begin, Providence's Wilbury Group has taken a step back in time. Maybe it's a trend, says Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale.

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The community arts studio New Urban Arts in Providence is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The organization provides mentoring relationships between high school students and emerging artists. The anniversary comes at a time when public funding for the arts faces threats from a new administration in Washington, and a rally is scheduled for next Thursday, June 1st, at the State House, in support of public arts funding.

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In a couple of weeks, every marina in Newport will be nearly fully booked as sailing and motor yachts make their way up to the Northeast. 

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This week, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off a nationwide tour hoping to energize Democrats ahead of mid-term elections in 2018.

They also want to reach out to progressives upset with President Donald Trump’s victory last November and disappointed with the Democratic Party.  In Rhode Island some progressive women are getting engaged for the first time and trying to find their political voices.

John Bender / RIPR

Fishing has long been a staple industry in Rhode Island. Over the last century ever more local seafood is shipped across the country and the globe.

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Rhode Island’s 2018 U.S. Senate featuring incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse just got more complicated. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the latest developments. 

Healthcare is one of the largest industries in Rhode Island. It represents about 20 percent of the state’s work force. And the $3 billion sector is expected to grow. 

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