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RI News
12:01 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott Launches Charitable Foundation

Heather Abbott at her home in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation.  The charity will provide funds for other amputees.

Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels.  Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.

Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.

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RI News
10:38 am
Fri April 17, 2015

RIPTA Unveils Mobile App For Passengers With Disabilities

RIPTA buses at Kennedy Plaza
Credit RIPR FILE

The RIde program offers door to door pickup and drop-off services to about 15-hundred people per day.  

The new cell phone application will allow passengers to track their bus, as it comes to pick them up.  GPS data provides more specific estimated times of arrival. Passengers can also cancel trips via the app.  In total some 12-thousand people rely on the transit authority’s RIde program.

RIPTA recently embarked on a campaign to improve it services… conducting surveys, hosting community meetings, to determine possible changes to bus routes and fares.

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Politics
9:05 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Raimondo Marks First 100 Days In Office

Thursday marks Gov. Raimondo's 100th day in office.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo marked her 100th day in office Thursday. Raimondo is taking part in several events to mark the occasion.

    

Along with two other appearances, Governor Raimondo is celebrating the 100th anniversary of two northern Rhode Island businesses, Yacht Club Soda and Navigant Credit Union.

Raimondo won election in November as the state’s first female governor. Since taking office, she’s dealt with severe winter weather and touted her proposed budget as a way to revitalize Rhode Island’s economy.

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RI News
8:52 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Sports Economists Offer Differing Views Of Proposed Providence Baseball Stadium

An artist rendering of a street view of the proposed 10,000 seat stadium near downtown Providence.

Two economists take differing views of the PawSox’ proposal to build a stadium in downtown Providence. One says the plan would bring strong potential for economic development. But as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison reports, another economist says the public investment isn’t worth it.

Victor Matheson studies the economics of sports and gaming at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. He takes a skeptical view of the PawSox proposal to spend some $85 million on a baseball park on the Providence waterfront.

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RI News
3:18 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

PawSox Opening Day At McCoy Stadium Tinged With Uncertainty

Tonight marks the start of what could be one of the last seasons the PawSox spend at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The Paw Sox play their home opener against Rochester Thursday evening at McCoy Stadium. With new owners planning to move the team, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien says it’s a bittersweet start to the season.

“We’re encouraging everybody to go to the games, let people know how much you care about the organization,” said Grebien. “But when they’re there don’t be afraid to comment, or write a letter, or put in the comment cards how disappointed you are that they aren’t staying in Pawtucket.”

Grebien says there was no communication about opening day events.

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