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Jesica Waller / University of Maine Darling Marine Center

New science is bearing down on a poorly understood part of the North American lobster’s diet. And it turns out that a tiny crustacean’s abundance may help to explain expected declines in Maine’s lobster harvest.

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Providence has launched a mobile unit to give showers, haircuts, and medical services to residents who are homeless. Organizers believe this is first trailer in the country to offer all these services in one place. 

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both said today they will oppose confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of state.

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A Brown alum has donated $100 million to advance brain science and help find cures for ALS and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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A new study finds that Rhode Island’s film and TV tax credit is losing the state more than $1.8 million a year.

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Police at the University of Rhode Island say more than a dozen cars have been vandalized over the last two weeks on the school’s campus in Kingston.

A total of 14 vehicles have had swastikas or pornographic images scratched into them. Some of the vehicles sustained additional damage including broken mirrors and slashed tires.

URI Chief of Police Stephen Baker says so far, police are still looking for a suspect.

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Maybe you’ve already heard of something called Real ID. If not, you probably will soon. In the coming years, Real ID will affect how you board airplanes or walk into a federal building.

So what is it?

It’s a new designation for identification, like state IDs or driver’s licenses. Real ID is actually a federal law that sets national security standards for ID cards. The law was passed in 2005 as part of recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.

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According to the Community College of Rhode Island, the first class of students attending the school tuition-free is thriving. 

Mass. Stun Gun Law Struck Down By State's High Court

Apr 18, 2018
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Stun guns are illegal for civilians in Rhode Island, but they may soon be allowed in Massachusetts.  

This I Believe New England: Seasons

Apr 17, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you have noticed how our lives ebb and flow, much like the seasons.  Both literally and figuratively we get to experience the wonder of stunningly beautiful spring days and the bitter assault delivered by the occasional winter blizzard.  Such is life.  Indeed, seasons seem to be able to teach us so much about coping with life's inevitable ups and downs, including its bittersweet moments.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Jeremiah "Jay" O'Grady was stretching after a workout at MacColl YMCA in Lincoln last August and he was looking forward to seeing a concert with his wife when his life was suddenly turned upside down.

Runners, Spectators Brave The Elements At The Boston Marathon

Apr 17, 2018
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

WBUR's Martha Bebinger and Bruce Gellerman were at the Boston Marathon Monday. They talked to both runners, and spectators, who braved the elements for the love of a good race.

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A chemical engineering professor at the University of Rhode Island has created a portable bomb detector. The device is about the size of a toolbox, with a handle on top, and weighs 15 pounds. 

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April 17th is the due date for personal income tax payments and filings. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation said filers should not ignore the deadline. 

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Kent Willever, 74, retired last week as executive director of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. The commission was created by voters frustrated with government scandals in the 1980s. But it was in a state of crisis by the time Willever took over in 2001.

Some observers saw that as a sign of the difficulty of policing ethics in Rhode Island. Willever said that’s partly why he posted in his office an iconic print of Don Quixote. It recalled the moment in the novel when the idealistic protagonist takes on an impossible task of using a spear to attack a windmill.

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