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Warwick Republican Mayor Scott Avedisian, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, will leave his post to become director of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, according to a source close to Gov. Gina Raimondo. 

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Rhode Island state Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) has apologized for calling a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting a “dummy.”

In a statement on Tuesday, Chippendale said it was inappropriate to refer to Emma Gonzalez that way.

Chippendale says he’s sorry he used a tweet earlier this week to make the remark. The tweet followed Gonzalez’s reaction to a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville that left four people dead.

Chippendale said he will never apologize for zealously defending the Second Amendment.

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Next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will dispatch field staff to households in Providence County looking for residents who haven’t filled out the March survey.  

University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are leading a new project in the Philippines to increase the number of fish in their waters. 


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A dead humpback whale is floating in a Lubec cove. Scientists are eager to find the cause of its demise, as the discovery comes at a time of increasing mortality rates for the species.

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Former governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee says it is “very unlikely” he will try to make a political comeback this year by running in the Democratic primary for governor.

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The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island is protecting 82 acres of land from housing development in East Providence. 


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A Providence city council member is supporting a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags and disposable plastic containers. This comes after Providence’s mayor vetoed a similar measure.  

Gil Santos, 1938-2018

Apr 21, 2018

Another beloved member of the New England sports media has left us.

Gil Santos, whose short, stocky stature belied his standing as a giant among the region’s sportscasters, died on Thursday. The “Voice of the Patriots” for 36 years was more Patriot than many of the players he described. Born on Patriots Day in 1938, married on Patriots Day in 1961, he died on Patriots Day in 2018. 

Only about two months remain until the filing deadline to run for public office in Rhode Island this year, so a more active phase of campaign season is approaching. With that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces headwinds in her reelection campaign. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses why the governor is so well-regarded outside the state but not so well-liked at home. 

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The future of the house where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south has been uncertain after Brown University backed out of plans to display it last month. But, it looks like the installation will remain in Providence for at least a month. 

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In a divided vote, the New England Fishery Management Council is backing a new operations plan for a sector of New Bedford boats that have been prohibited from fishing. However, the council said the plan should only be approved if certain conditions are met. 

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As the National School Walkout movement to fight gun violence continues across the country, RIPR's Chuck Hinman talked to two members of Providence's Youth Peace Ambassador Program, about their efforts to address violence inside their schools and their communities.


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Giovanni Feroce, the Republican candidate for RI governor, joins Political Roundtable to talk about the race and his campaign.

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