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Ehlayna Napolitano

Ehlayna Napolitano is a reporter and editor who has covered a variety of topics, including local politics as a beat reporter and national topics at an app designed for children. She has a degree from Hofstra University, an incurable love for dogs and history, and an addiction to the 24-hour news cycle.


Immigration Enforcement and Public Schools

As RI settles into another school year, the nation continues to deal with a summer marked by news stories of detention camps, family separations and protests in response to the Trump administration’s immigration policies. According to the American Immigration Council, RI has a large immigrant population, including many immigrants from the Dominican Republic — 30,000 […]

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LIHEAP Helps People Weather Life’s Storms

Though the winter months are over, there is a national program aimed at ensuring that low-income households retain heat and other energy resources throughout the year through federal funding. LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a national program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the Health and Human Services […]

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InvestiGATE: Sunshine Week

Each March, journalists and freedom of information advocates mark Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week, so named because of the Sunshine Act, celebrates freedom of information and encourages communities to understand the public’s right to government information. It is celebrated through activities and events, which are often hosted by nonprofits, libraries and news organizations. In the Sunshine Act, passed […]

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InvestiGATE: The Relationship between Public and Charter Schools

There are 299 primary and secondary schools in Rhode Island, a combination of traditional public schools, charter schools, state-operated schools and a handful of other institutions listed on the state’s reporting. This excludes private schools and other types of alternative educational institutions. According to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), there are 30 charter […]

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Medical Marijuana in a Hospital Setting

A hospital stay for a Rhode Island resident meant she was not able to use her physician-directed medical marijuana, which she said resulted in negative physical effects, only cured when she began using it again without hospital staff’s knowledge. RI legalized medical marijuana in 2006, and since then, roughly 19,000 people statewide have received certifications […]

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Conflict in East Greenwich Heats Up

Protesters arrived to an East Greenwich Town Council meeting last month. Their goal: Make their voices heard, without saying a word. The town council of East Greenwich, made up of four Republican representatives and one Democrat, has recently become a contentious political sticking point for residents.  In response to what residents say has been months of […]

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East Greenwich Focuses on Town Transparency

A new organizing group in East Greenwich has taken matters of town transparency into their own hands. Engaged East Greenwich (EEG), a social-media based movement, has begun a new system of fact-checking the East Greenwich town council. And things have gotten increasingly contentious during the past few months. A group of residents, feeling misled and lied […]

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