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Morning News Podcast
10:21 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony on two competing bills regarding same-sex marriage.  Two lawmakers want to offer in-state tuition rates to all in-state residents, including those which do not have documented status.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
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Higher Education
9:26 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Brown Brings National Gun Debate to RI

Brown University kicks off a lecture series on gun violence today with a talk from Carl Bogus, professor of law at Roger Williams University Law School. Bogus will discuss efforts to reduce crime and the effects guns and gun crime have on communities.

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5:30 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Brain Activity Map Creates Buzz, But Funding Still Needed

Brain researcher John Donoghue
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Scientists in Rhode Island are waiting for word from the federal government about whether or not it will fund a huge, multi-year effort to map the brain’s activity. But, as the head of the Institute for Brain Science at Brown University says, funding or no funding, even the buzz about brain science is beneficial.

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7:14 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Chafee: I Focus on Doing my Job

RI Governor Lincoln Chafee
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Governor Lincoln Chafee is shrugging off his lower approval ratings.
A survey by the Taubman Center at Brown University shows 25 percent of Rhode Islanders approve of the way Chafee is governing. That’s down from 28 percent in October.

Chafee says he isn’t worried. "I just do my job and that’s what I’ve done in my whole career  as a councilman, as a mayor, as a senator, in private practice. I’ve won elections. I’ve lost elections but all I care about is doing my job."
Chafee faces re-election in November, 2014.

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The Education Blog
9:22 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Class Notes: A Quick Look at the Week’s top Education Stories

Sequestration deadline arrives in D.C.

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7:59 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Newest poll has no surprises

Governor Lincoln Chafee
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Sixty percent of Rhode Islanders support same-sex marriage. That’s according to a new Brown University poll.  26 percent of respondents say they oppose same-sex marriage.

In other findings, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has the best approval rating in the Brown survey. Almost 64 percent of respondents approve of his job performance.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo has a 56 percent approval rating, while just under 26 percent of respondents approve of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s job performance.

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Four key takeaways from the new Brown University poll

Brown University's new poll is full of findings that, on the surface, are familiar and not particularly surprising. Yet they do point to some larger messages:

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On Politics
9:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Brown poll shows strong support for Taveras, gay marriage

Brown University's public opinion poll is the latest opinion survey to show strong support for same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, the last New England state without legal sanction for gay marriages. The survey also shows that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has the highest job approval rating of any major Rhode Island elected official: Here is the full poll:

8:20 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Higher Ed Braces for Possible Funding Cuts

RI College campus
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Universities and colleges in the state say they’re bracing for cuts to federal research grants should sequestration kick in. The University of Rhode Island says depending on cuts to defense research, it could lose either $6.4 million or $12.6 million. And Brown University estimates cuts of about $8 million.

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On Politics
6:57 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Brown U. President Paxson weighs in on history

Brown University president Christina Paxson was part of an interesting forum in the Atlantic Monthly’s March edition. The question asked of a group of intellectuals and academic historians was: What day  most changed the course of history?

Ken Burns, the documentary film maker, said it was June 28, 1914, the day Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which started World War I. Yale history professor Paul Kennedy said  it was the day Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine.

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