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4:49 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

New policy allows parents to keep health insurance

PROVIDENCE, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Imagine a parent who's plunged so deep into drug addiction or mental illness she's no longer fit to take care of her children. Then take away her health insurance as she tries to recover. This was a common practice in Rhode Island until about three months ago. Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter Megan Hall explains how the state did away with a long standing but counter intuitive policy.

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Local Features
8:59 am
Thu September 22, 2011

"His Girl Friday" zips along at Trinity Rep

\"His Girl Friday\" recalls the halcyon days of the Newspaper business.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Remember when the media was called "the press," back in the halcyon days of newspapers? The Trinity Repertory Company does, and they have returned to those swashbuckling times with "His Girl Friday." Theater Critic Bill Gale checked it out and has this review.

NOTE: "His Girl Friday" continues at Trinity Rep in Providence through October 9th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Local Features
8:42 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Remembering Dave Gavitt... and the Big East

PROVIDENCE, RI – Dave Gavitt is being laid to rest. A pre-eminent sports figure, his passing coincides with the breakdown of one of his greatest creations, the Big East college athletic conference. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bradley Campbell sat down with journalist and author Bill Reynolds to talk about Gavitt and the state of the Big East.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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RIPR News
5:23 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

State close to hiring chief medical examiner

PROVIDENCE, RI – By MEGAN HALL

After going for more than a year and a half without a chief medical examiner, the state is on the verge of hiring someone, but it wants to offer the candidate more money.


The Department of Health says it's in salary negotiations with a top applicant for the chief medical examiner's job, but state officials don't have a lot of bargaining power. Spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says it's a problem of supply and demand.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
3:01 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Leisurely Reading

RIPR – Imagine the excitement when you get an electronically breathless Twitter message from a dear friend announcing that she just posted a link on Facebook to a stunningly engaging novel she just listened to wirelessly on her electronic tablet. Does this make you feel warm and fuzzy all over, and just desperate to curl up all nice and cozy with your Kindle? Or, like Eileen Landay, does this all-too-common scenario lead you to wonder where we're headed as a literate society?

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RIPR News
2:35 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Flanders to file Central Falls recovery plan

Photo by: Ryan T. Conaty

PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders Jr says Thursday he will file a five-year recovery plan for the struggling city. And Flanders is asking Bankruptcy Court Judge Frank Bailey if Director of Revenue Rosemary Booth Gallogly can outline the plan during a Friday hearing.

In the filed request, Flanders says the five-year plan not only protects bond ratings for other Rhode Island cities and towns, but it also puts the city on a road to recovery that stretches beyond five years.

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RIPR News
12:29 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

August home sales data a mixed bag

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PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says single-family homes sales were up in August, but the median price dropped.

Single-family homes sales were up by 22 percent in August compared to last year, but the median price dropped nearly 7 percent. In terms of actual numbers, that's 670 home sales in August with a median price of $205,000.

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Local Features
10:54 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Gordon fuzzy on drunken driving record

Dan Gordon apologizes at his press conference in Portsmouth.
Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – State representative Dan Gordon is apologizing to the residents of his district for not disclosing a criminal past that includes convictions for assault and drunk driving. But he's refusing calls from both parties to resign, as well as a plea from Governor Lincoln Chafee.

Gordon called reporters to a Portsmouth street corner Wednesday morning and said he was sorry for concealing his criminal record, a past he blames on alcohol abuse stemming from his service in the first Gulf War.

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RIPR News
9:54 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Raimondo continues push for pension overhaul

RI Treasurer Gina Raimondo
Credit Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public-employee unions won a victory last week when a judge ruled they have a contract right to their pensions. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo told legislators that the court decision won't be an obstacle to solving Rhode Island's pension crisis.

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Politics
8:41 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Gordon refuses to resign

Gordon says he dealt with PTSD, \"as most veterans do, by self-medicating with alcohol.\"
Photo by James Wyman.

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Representative Daniel Gordon says his past legal problems stem from post-traumatic stress disorder that he developed during the Persian Gulf War.

Gordon has a lengthy record in Massachusetts, including a conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He blames those troubles on stress related to his Marine service in Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf war.

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