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Newly passed state laws from local legislators aim to help children, expecting mothers and the environment, improve social services and limit how young someone can be to buy a gun.

The General Assembly wrapped up its session last week, and the flurry of bills is set to become law – if Gov. Dan McKee hasn’t signed them already.

The Assembly approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Bridget Valverde (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown) to guarantee pregnant individuals access to health insurance.

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Why is history important? Some may say it helps us learn from past mistakes, or it allows us to continue traditions, or it helps us understand why we’re living the way we’re living. There’s no wrong answer and history is all in how we interpret it. But those living in North Kingstown are living among a plethora of history, and so much so, that Wickford has been named the Best Historic Small Town in America by USA Today.

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State Representative Blake Filippi said he will not seek his State House seat again so that he can continue leading the fight against a special committee controlling nearly $50 million for special-interest projects.

Two years ago, he filed a lawsuit saying that the Democratic leaders were violating procedures on important decisions because a key committee — the Joint Committee on Legislative Services (JCLS) — had not met in over a decade.

“I am going to fix this,” he said, adding, “I can’t do the case and run for representative.  I can’t do both…fixing JCLS is fighting a cancer at the highest level of government.”

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North Kingstown/Wickford Little League is in the winners bracket semifinals of the 11/12-year-old district tournament thanks to a pair of impressive victories.

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South Kingstown is reasserting its dominance in District 3 Senior Little League. The program won four consecutive district titles from 2016 to 2019, and is looking for another this summer.

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Waves’ Cinnella brings stylings to Old Mountain

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The pitching remains on target – and now the bats are heating up with the weather for the Ocean State Waves.

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Hailing from the music scene of Connecticut, Someone You Can Xray has a cool way of touching upon various dynamics. They pull this off by playing a groovy mix of styles while possessing the versatility to play acoustically in a small room or plugged in on a festival stage. They bring a fun experience to any venue they perform and will have folks singing along and dancing, which everyone knows is a contagious feeling.

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The South County Art Association’s board of directors was discussing ways to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into their gallery when they began pitching ideas for an exhibition that highlighted those themes.

Eventually they decided to explore resettlement and migration through an all-media show titled “Diaspora,” which is currently on display at the gallery and will run through July 16.

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A classic movie adapted into a play that starts this week on the Contemporary Theater Company’s main stage might actually be a “neverending story” because it has endured over 38 years.  

Beginning tonight with previews and then running through July 30, CTC will present the live stage version of the 1984 flick “The Neverending Story.” It captures a young warrior’s exploits to defend the land of Fantasia.

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Based in numerous parts of South County such as Richmond, Charlestown, Narragansett and Kingston, it has officially come time for Sun Bears to make a change. The instrumental prog-rock act has recently had a shift in their lineup and, while they were making changes, they’ve also decided to go by a different name.

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Theatre by the Sea is bringing the much-acclaimed musical “Footloose” to the stage with a story theme of change, challenge, casualty that prevails as much today as in 1984 when the production first appeared.

“It’s poignant today because of the culture we are living in and the times with and after COVID,” show Director Robert Richard said. “While set a long time ago, it will make people think about what’s happening to them today as well.”

Richard hopes audiences find the parallels as compelling as he does.

“I want people come and say, ‘Oh my gosh!’” he said.