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.
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.
The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola is being treated with an experimental drug. Ashoka Mukpo is in isolation at the Nebraska Medical Center where doctors are treating him with an experimental antiviral drug called Brindicofovir. This is the drug that is also being used to treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the man in Dallas who is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.
All this week we’re taking a close look at the Narragansett Bay, for a series we call One Square Mile. Today we look at the heavy industry that relies on the Providence waterfront. Specifically, where those big piles of coal, scrap metal and salt, sit along the Providence River.
Tuesday, independent Providence mayoral candidate Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. details his plan to turn the industrial waterfront to mixed use development, with things like hotels and marinas. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, that's been the subject of a decades-long battle.
In our series One Square Mile Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sits down with Vincent Mesolella, chairman of the Narragansett Bay Commission board, about how the commission takes care of sewage treatment and keeping water pollution out of the bay.
The parents of the Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola said their son is relieved to be back in the U.S. Ashoka Mukpo arrived Monday morning at a Nebraska hospital for treatment.
Mukpo walked off the plane and was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher. Once at the hospital, he spoke briefly with his parents through video conference. “His first reaction was, ‘I’m sorry I put you myself through this situation for you guys.’ So his first concerns were more what this would do to us,” said his father, Mitchell Levy.
There have been a series of recent media reports about shootings and other violent incidents in Providence. The issue has also become part of the debate in race to choose a new Providence mayor. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements joins us now to discuss what police are doing to address the violence and what may be behind it. Clements spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.
The head of the state’s health department says there’s a chance Rhode Island could have one or two imported cases of the Ebola virus. That’s because of travel within Rhode Island’s sizeable Liberian community, the largest population per capita in the U.S.
Dr. Michael Fine said hospitals have teams and quarantined areas standing by should a case appear in Rhode Island. He doesn’t think that once here Ebola will spread.
It has been a while since a full scale version of “My Fair Lady” – one of the truly superb American musicals – has been done around here. So, thank goodness this Ocean State production is a true winner, super in some ways and just fine in others.