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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.

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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. 


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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For this month’s Artscape, we visit an exhibit of politically-inspired work done by three local artists on display now at OneWay Gallery in Narragansett. 

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Rhode Island has struggled with a lagging economy for years. Though the state is still behind its New England neighbors by some measures, there are bright spots. The defense industry is one of them.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo’s signature plan for free tuition at Rhode Island public colleges has generated opposition.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says she may have to make some changes to deal with the new statehouse landscape. 

After President Donald Trump promised a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, many expressed a fear of leaving their house, going to work, or shopping. But some local Catholic Churches are seeing an uptick in attendance at their Spanish language masses

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Italian-American enclaves around the country celebrated St. Joseph’s day Sunday. This holiday comes with its own culinary tradition – a luscious pastry called a zeppole.

In the kitchen at La Salle Bakery in Providence Rhode Island – a state where zeppole are famous -- a team of bakers furiously prepare. They know lines will be forming to snap up this seasonal treat.

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The latest twist in the never-ending 38  Studios soap opera is the joust over grand jury secrecy.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this spat is more about politics than legal precedent.

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Since 1997, the nonprofit Community MusicWorks has provided Providence-area children with classical music lessons in violin, viola, and cello. 

Mike Stenhouse, heads the local conservative think tank the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. This morning, he joins our political team to talk about some of Rhode Island’s current issues. Together they discuss the state’s car tax, the Governor’s plan for free college tuition, and efforts to cross party lines in these partisan times.

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This week, Mike Stenhouse from the conservative-leaning think tank, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity joins us. Stenhouse and our panelists discuss potential changes to Rhode Island’s healthcare landscape under President Trump, the continuing saga of 38 Studios, and drinking at the Statehouse.

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A group of lawmakers gather Thursday to discuss proposals to change the use of solitary confinement in Rhode Island’s prison system. 

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