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The Pulse: Dance Retrains The Brain With Parkinson's Disease

About a million Americans live with Parkinson’s Disease. It’s a chronic, progressive brain disorder that slowly robs a person of the ability to control their movements. There’s no cure, but there may be some novel approaches – like dance – to easing the symptoms.

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Alisha Pina, a member of The Providence Journal's Statehouse bureau, a long-serving staffer, and the only reporter of color on the ProJo's staff, is leaving the newspaper.

Pina is working her last day for the statewide daily on Friday, RIPR has learned.

On Twitter, Pina said she is becoming spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo is expected to testify before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday in support of her college tuition plan. The rare appearance comes after a cool response to the proposal from some state lawmakers, including House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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Robert G. Flanders Jr., who crafted an independent profile as a justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court, is forming an exploratory committee to help him consider a GOP run next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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President Donald Trump’s executive order would likely bolster the fossil fuel industry with the roll back of regulations. It also undoes Obama-era efforts to slow climate change.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo’s campaign organization says it’s donating to charity contributions from a man convicted of running a Ponzi scheme.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is urging the state to stand its ground after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would withhold federal money from “sanctuary cities.”

Courtesy: Jack Reed

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is calling on Rep. Devin Nunes, head of the House Intelligence Committee, to recuse himself from the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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In one of his first moves as the new president of the state Senate, Dominick Ruggerio has removed Sen. Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, replacing him with another East Providence senator, Billy Conley.

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What’s happening in your health in Rhode Island, March 28:

GOP HEALTH CARE PLAN: Rhode Island health officials are breathing a sigh of relief over the failure of the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. At stake was hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funding, which meant the possible reduction in eligibility for the program or cuts to provider payments.

James E. Foehl / Courtesy of U.S. Navy

The Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs is awarding $200,000 in grants to four organizations that support veterans.

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