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RI News
2:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Woman Who Tossed White Powder in U.S. Attorney’s Office In Custody

Emergency crews respond to an incident at the U.S. Attorney's Office where a woman tossed white powder into the lobby.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A woman is in custody after throwing white powder in the lobby of the U.S. Attorney’s office in downtown Providence. The woman entered the office at around 11:00am Wednesday, had a brief conversation with a security guard, then tossed the white powder.

That prompted an evacuation, said the U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Jim Martin. He said Providence police, fire, state police and a hazmat unit responded to the incident.

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Health Care
1:11 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

NBC News & Friends Working To Help RI Ebola Patient With Soaring Medical Costs

Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpoo is being treated at The Nebraska Medical Center. He has been there since October 5th.
Credit Ashoka Mukpo Facebook

The father of the Rhode Islander being treated for Ebola said his son is uninsured and welcomes the help. It’s been a week Monday since Ashoka Mukpo arrived at a biocontainment  unit in Omaha for treatment.

Friends of the 33-year-old freelance cameraman started the GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills they say could exceed $500,000. So far the online campaign to help Mukpo has raised more than $45,000.

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RI News
5:16 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Heroin Ringleaders In Rhode Island Plead Guilty

Two leaders of a heroin distribution ring have pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Providence to drug and weapons charges. The pleas come after a sixteen-month investigation to disrupt their drug trafficking organization.

Richard Pena and Henry Ortiz pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and fentanyl. State police head Colonel Steven O'Donnell said that’s one result of months of work by a team of investigators from several agencies. The other is busting up a sizeable drug operation.

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One Square Mile
4:34 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

The Bottom Line: Banking On The Port Of Providence

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Providence’s Economic Development Director Jim Bennet. As part of our series One Square Mile, they discuss the role of moveable cranes and where business can grow at the port.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Harrop on the "Fear Factor" in the Mayoral Race & Whether He'll Get Out to Help Elorza

Republican Providence mayoral candidate Daniel Harrop joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about the race for City Hall, including whether he'll get out of the race to help Jorge Elorza, and whether concerns about Buddy Cianci winning the race are hurting Elorza's fundraising.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:44 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidate Elorza Promises To Tighten Ethics In City Hall

Democratic candidate Jorge Elorza outlines his plan to tighten ethics in his first 100 days as mayor
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Democratic Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza outlined a plan in front of City Hall Thursday for tightening ethics oversight in the city his first 100 days in office.

Elorza’s plan includes impaneling an ethics commission that now exists only on paper, training for department heads, making city government more transparent, and refusing campaign contributions from city employees as both a candidate and mayor.

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Politics
1:32 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Cianci Walks Back Earlier Vow to Reject City Employees' Contributions

Cianci and Elorza during the Laurelmead debate on September 17.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci is walking back an earlier assertion that he won’t take campaign contributions from city employees. Rival candidate Jorge Elorza is calling on Cianci to return about $18,000 in donations from city employees.

This is Cianci speaking during a September 17 debate, sounding unequivocal. While criticizing the amount of openness at City Hall, he rejected the idea of accepting city employees’ campaign contributions.

"There’s been no transparency and by the way, I haven’t taken a dime from any city worker nor do I intend to."

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:37 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidates Face Off In Debate Over Education

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza, and Daniel Harrop at a previous Providence mayoral debate.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The main candidates in the race for Providence Mayor faced off Wednesday night in a debate at Moses Brown School.  The forum focused on education, and Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay was there.  He joined Rhode Island Public Radio host Elisabeth Harrison to discuss their positions.

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Health Care
9:02 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Liberian Population Told To Monitor Friends' And Relatives' Health

Reverend Matthew Kai leads the Baptist Tabernacle Church, and says he will not turn away parishioners.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Leaders in Rhode Island’s Liberian community are figuring how to deal with the Ebola outbreak that has just begun to reach U.S. shores. Many Liberians travel between the U.S. and the West African country.  The state Department of Health is now asking members of the Liberian population to monitor friends and relatives for signs of symptoms.  They're asking people to check their temperature at least twice a day.

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Health Care
6:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Rhode Islander Mukpo Receives Transfusion From Ebola Survivor

The Nebraska Medical Center where Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo is receiving treatment for the Ebola virus
Credit The Nebraska Medical Center

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola has received a blood transfusion from a doctor who previously had the virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly was the first American flown back to the U.S. to be treated for Ebola. Now he’s helping the fifth American diagnosed with the virus, Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo.

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