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National Grid has come under fire for two proposals related to natural gas. The utility company's goal is to bring down the cost of electricity in the wintertime, but some state lawmakers and environmental groups aren’t convinced.

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For a year and a half, tens of thousands of people in Flint, Michigan were exposed to drinking water with dangerously high levels of lead. In the wake of the crisis, water sampling methods have come under scrutiny. Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza sat down with the chief of the center for drinking water quality at the Rhode Island Department of Health to learn how Rhode Island has changed its testing protocols post-Flint.

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Kate Johnson has been a mentor to Denzel Negron for more than three years. They met through a program called “Real Connections,” run by Foster Forward.

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With summer nearing a close, we turn to the experts for book recommendations not to be missed on those final trips to the beach.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison gets a few tips from Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge, the owners of Riffraff, a new bookstore and bar opening this Fall in Providence.

Books you have to pick up right now

Emma Ramadan:  Ladivine, Marie NDiaye 

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The end of the criminal investigation over 38 Studios is sparking debate about whether material from the probe should be released to the public. 

The dispute reflects the questions many residents still have about the state-backed video game company and its costly meltdown.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

This week Mark and Dave discuss tax incentive aimed at bringing new jobs and businesses to Rhode Island. Mark describes what Governor Gina Raimondo has done to change these programs, and shares his view of whether her efforts are working.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 pm  

Steven Frias, one of two Republicans running for the state rep seat held by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss 38 Studios, his campaign, and Donald Trump.

The Pulse: Scurvy Cropping Up In New England

Aug 4, 2016
Elisabeth Harrison

Poverty often leads to a poor diet, and poor diets can lead to a host of health problems. Doctors in Springfield, Massachusetts, think they've identified a diet-related condition that many thought disappeared hundreds of years ago.

Diabetes is on the rise across the country, but in Rhode Island, Latinos appear to face a greater risk.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay joins News Director Elisabeth Harrison to talk about her upcoming series on diabetes in Rhode Island's Latino community.

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Cumberland, Rhode Island popped up on a list of cities and towns that have unsafe levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. It’s used to make Teflon. It turns out those levels have dropped significantly in the town over the past year.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

This week Mark and Dave chat with "Eat-Drink-RI” founder and president David Dadekian about the plan to develop vacant waterfront land in Providence into a year-round food and drink market.

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While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.

Now Here This: Repeat After Me

Jul 29, 2016

This story comes from a new partnership between Rhode Island Public Radio and Now Here This, an audio storytelling group at Brown University. On the last Friday of every month, we’ll bring you a new story.

Today we meet a woman who came from Botswana to attend Brown University. But she encountered a problem: almost no one in the U.S. can pronounce her name. Mitchell Johnson from Now Here This produced the story.  

Got a comment on this story? A question? A new idea? We want to hear from you! Send an email to nht@ripr.org.

RI's First Female Governor On Historic Clinton Nomination

Jul 29, 2016
Marie Aberger

As Democrat Hillary Clinton was getting ready to shatter a glass ceiling Thursday as the first woman ever to accept a presidential nomination from a major U.S. political party, Governor Gina Raimondo was preparing to return home to watch Clinton's speech on television with her family.

One Of The Youngest Delegates At DNC Is A New Englander

Jul 28, 2016

 

The lineup this week at the Democratic National Convention is a star-studded cast, complete with sitting and former presidents, U.S. senators and lifelong political heavyweights. While Trevor Doiron of Jay, Maine, isn't among the most well-known delegates in Philadelphia, he is one of the youngest.

WBUR's Shannon Dooling caught up with the Clinton supporter at the arena and brings us this glimpse of a national political convention through the eyes of a teenager.

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