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Rhode Island’s primary question: Will enough polling places be open on April 28?

Four years ago, Rhode Island opened just one-third of its polling places for the presidential primary. Confusion reigned. This year, nobody wants to repeat that mistake.


This Brown graduate wrote the Globe’s endorsement of Senator Warren

A Q&A with Bina Venkataraman, the Globe's editorial page editor, about the process by which the editorial board made its selection in the Democratic presidential primary.


Virtual snow days were supposed to be the future. But no R.I. school district is using them

I’m old enough to remember 2017, when Rhode Island lawmakers passed a law establishing virtual snow days for students – and canceling fun forever – so that they wouldn’t be stuck in school until late June. Oh, well.


Is this heaven? No, it’s the Hasbro Toy Fair

From Play-Doh to Monopoly, the Rhode Island company is giving its legacy brands a reboot.


This could be the perfect year for a Republican to challenge R.I.’s most powerful Democrat

Republican activist Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung filed to run against House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, a Democrat who represents a district that backed Trump in 2016 -- and who could be in legal hot water to boot

Three Providence group homes on probation, two others close after state investigation

State officials have put three group homes for troubled youths on probation and removed girls from a fourth home after the state’s child advocate issued a scathing report about how the homes’ operator was treating the youths in its care.


Brendan Doherty is mulling a run for R.I. governor

Former State Police Superintendent Colonel Brendan Doherty still has the itch to run for office. This time, it might be for Rhode Island’s top job.


Newport company brings the Internet of Things to boats

You're likely familiar with internet-connected devices from Nest and Ring for your home. Siren Marine of Newport is bringing that same connectivity to boats.


We asked, they answered: Where R.I.'s congressional delegation stands on key issues

For the past several months, the Globe has been asking US Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and US Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, for their opinions on a wide range of topics, from Medicare for All to the legalization of marijuana.


It ain’t easy to run for Congress. Here’s some advice

Former GOP state rep Robert Lancia has launched a bid to unseat veteran Congressman James Langevin, but he knows he faces an uphill battle. So we asked some former Republican candidates to give him some advice.


Blast from the past: Rhode Island seeks to collect $29 million from old traffic fines

Starting this month, the state’s new collection agency is working to reduce the backlog of some 88,000 fines, from speeding to overweight trucks, that have gone unpaid for 20 years.