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A lobster that looks bluer than the sky has been released back in to the ocean after a brief stay at the Newport Lobster Shack. Blue lobsters are rare, but they’re caught more often than you might think. 

According to Maine’s Lobster Institute, only about one in two million lobsters are blue. It’s small number, but  Bob Bayer, Lobster Institute's Executive Directos, said they’re common enough to be seen every year. 

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Two immigrant children are suing the federal government after being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and transported 2,000 miles to Connecticut.

The lawsuits, filed on behalf of a 9-year-old boy from Honduras and a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador, seek immediate release and reunification with their families.

Robin Lubbock / WBUR

On the northern tip of an island surrounded by river, marsh and sea, a few dozen volunteers sink shovels into a mound of sand, digging 10,000 holes to plant 20,000 stalks of beach grass.

They’re residents of Reservation Terrace -- a dozen shoreline houses at the latest flashpoint in Plum Island’s long struggle against erosion — and they're hoping the grass will lend their homes some protection.

"Our only line of defense, according to [state environment officials], is sand and dune grass,” says local activist Vern Ellis, who's leading the planting.

Town of North Attleborough

A Providence teen who drowned in a North Attleborough pond Sunday afternoon has been identified.

16-year-old Jonathan Lozada was on a family outing at Whiting’s Pond when the incident occured.

Investigators said Lozada entered the water with a friend and within minutes was seen flailing his arms before going under water. Approximately two hours later, Norton Fire Department rescue divers located the boy’s body more than 20 feet from the shoreline and some 40 feet underwater.

RIPR

Rhode Island Hospital administrators said Monday they’ve reached a tentative agreement with their employees’ union on a new three-year contract.

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A Brown University national  public opinion survey shows that Democrats hold a nine-point advantage over Republicans  on a generic 2018 congressional ballot with President Donald Trump’s job approval rating at 37 percent.

Newport Art Museum

What does the future hold for environmental advocacy under the Trump administration? What role can art play in starting conversations about the environment? Can we make progress on climate change, ocean plastics and other pressing environmental issues?


CT Casinos Push For Later Last Call

Jul 9, 2018
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Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are pushing to keep their casino bars open later. This comes after Massachusetts regulators allowed MGM Springfield to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. 

Opponents of the move such as Michele Mudrick said extended hours could lead to more drunk driving.

"It would increase the already high social costs that casinos have to communities," Mudrick said. 

In the past, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has pitched a later last call as a way to increase tax revenue. Now, the tribe says extending hours will keep the Connecticut casinos competitive.

Patrick Skahill / WNPR

More and more ticks in Connecticut are testing positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. It’s a trend the head of the state’s tick-testing lab doesn’t see abating.

RIPR File

Rhode Island Democrats have been beset by battles over women’s rights and the direction of the party. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters -- not party bigwigs—will decide these issues. 

Portsmouth Democrats, at the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee meeting on July 5th, unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Rhode Island Democratic Party to change the way party General Assembly candidate endorsements are approved.

The resolution urges the state committee to “craft a plan to proactively educate all Democratic candidates about the procedures and timelines involved in endorsement, as well as taking steps to improve the transparency and accountability of the process.”

Roger Williams University

Donald J. Farish, Roger Williams University's 10th President, died Thursday at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after a sudden and serious illness. Faculty and students gathered Friday morning in the library at Roger Williams University to mourn the sudden loss.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island state Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the endorsement controversy engulfing the RI Democratic Party, and the outlook on a bill she co-sponsored to strengthen abortion rights in the state.

Rhode Island Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss sexism at the Statehouse, how controversy over RI Democratic endorsements will affect party unity, the outlook on the PawSox, and much more.

Moira Walsh

After a backlash that attracted national attenion, the Rhode Island Democratic Party has rescinded endorsements for two primary candidates, including one for a former Republican who supported Donald Trump in 2016.

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