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New R.I. Ethics Commission appointee faced sexual harassment allegations from six women

Governor Daniel J. McKee defends appointment, but Common Cause says Bryant Da Cruz is “unfit to serve on such an important body.”


Newport, Block Island preservation groups seek relief from wind farms’ anticipated ‘adverse effects’

They seek to reduce the number of turbines planned closest R.I. shores, and a mitigation fund to offset anticipated losses of tourism, tourism-dependent jobs, property values, and tax revenue.


Woonsocket tried to fire a cop. Now it’s paying him $500K.

The city will make the payment to end a years-long legal battle that placed the state’s controversial Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights in the spotlight.


Trump tries to embrace Black Lives Matter, a group he previously said ‘hates our country’

The former president said he spoke with Mark Fisher, who claims to be a co-founder of Black Lives Mater Rhode Island. But BLM organizations in the Ocean State say Fisher is not affiliated with them, and call his support for Trump “a publicity stunt.”


Podcast: Migrant children working long hours at seafood plants in New Bedford

On the Rhode Island Report podcast, reporters for The Public’s Radio detail what went into and came out of their two-year investigation into seafood processing plants in New Bedford.


Crucial jobs in Providence schools on the line with COVID relief money expiring in 2024

The Providence public schools received $128 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, vastly more than any other community in Rhode Island. So far they’ve spent $48 million -- much of it on new positions that may no longer be funded once the ARPA money expires.

RFK Jr.’s campaign spending is as unconventional as his run for president

Running for president as a political neophyte, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign has been financed by millions in donations from a motley group of supporters that include a sizable group who share Kennedy’s vaccine skepticism.

New applicants for Providence School Board are in, but their terms could be cut short

Voters last year approved a partially-elected school board with the first election set for 2024, but confusion reigns about the transition process.