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3:59 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Regulate Pot Like Booze?

Credit Federal Wildlife Service

A push to legalize marijuana – once again – has returned to the Statehouse.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses what has become a perennial issue.

Except for speeding on Rhode Island’s roads, is there a law more frequently scoffed at by citizens than the ban on recreational use of marijuana?
As the General Assembly again tackles the prickly issue of legalizing marijuana, it is well beyond the time for rigorous study of a policy that too often devolves into cliché and anecdotal opinion.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Political Roundtable: Elorza on His Budget, the PawSox & Baltimore

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza
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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1; the PawSox' proposed Providence ballpark; and the takeaways from recent events in Baltimore.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Elorza on Snow, Street Cars, Tax Agreements & More

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his budget; tax stabilization agreements; the search for an economic development director; the Superman Building; snow-removal; and much more.

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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Thu April 30, 2015

RI's Brown Bird Finds A Solemn Victory On Final Album

MorganEve Swain sits in the Warren apartment she shared with husband and fellow band member David Lamb. Their dog Zed sits on her lap.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

It’s been a year since the death of local musician David Lamb, whose passing threw the future of the folk duo Brown Bird into question. This week saw the release of the band’s final album. Crafted during Lamb’s battle with leukemia, the album was finished by his wife MorganEve Swain, the other half of the band. Music journalists are calling it Brown Bird’s swan song.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

No Easy Task: "Reinventing" Medicaid To Improve Health, Contain Costs

Juana Kollie visits with staff at the PACE health center in South Providence.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Today is the due date for a plan to cut nearly $180 million dollars from Medicaid. Half of that is state funding, the other matching federal dollars. To close a burgeoning state budget gap, Gov. Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting hospital and nursing home payments. Her “Reinvent Medicaid” task force delivers its recommendations today for finding the rest of the savings in the state’s health insurance program for the poor. Their proposals are aimed at reducing the cost of caring for some of the most complex patients.

Patients like Juana Kollie.

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