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Providence Band, The Low Anthem, Tries A New Sound With Latest Album 'eyeland'

Providence-based band the Low Anthem has just released its fourth full-length album,“eyeland,” the group’s first major release in 5 years.
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Political Roundtable: Mattiello On Frias' Challenge, Carnevale's Residency & Concealed Carry

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the criticism coming from rival candidate, Republican Steven Frias; the residency complaint against state Rep. John Carnevale; and why the House backed an effort to make it easier to purchase handguns.
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Rhode Island Dept. of Health, Brown University School of Public Health

State health officials are expanding efforts to tackle the opioid overdose epidemic. They’ve launched a web site – preventoverdoseri.org - to track overdose, addiction, and treatment statistics. And the state is re-launching a $100,000 public awareness campaign about getting help for addiction. 

A national push to memorialize enslaved Africans who passed through America's slave-trading ports is underway now here in Rhode Island. Monday night the local committee involved in this effort is holding a meeting to get public participation in the design and placement of a memorial in Providence.

The General Assembly session is over, the budget is signed, yet politics never takes a holiday. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Kids Count

More of Rhode Island’s children are living in poverty this year than last. That’s one of the highlights of a new report from Kids Count – a project of the children’s think tank The Annie E. Casey Foundation. But some measures of child well-being have improved.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the all-night session that ended the General Assembly year for 2016, and a host of other legislative issues, including grants, whether Democratic dominance is good for Rhode Island, and much more.

Cranston Republican Steven Frias hopes to ride a wave of dissatisfaction with Rhode Island's status quo to unseat House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, often referred to the most powerful elected official in the state.

Rhode Island Dept. of Human Services

Rhode Islanders seeking medical or food stamp assistance will soon be able to complete their application online, all in one go.

RIPR FILE

After more than 24 hours on the floor, Democratic members of the House of Representatives have ended their sit-in in the House chamber.

The lawmakers were demanding hearings on gun-control legislation. RI Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin were among them.

Rhode Island’s two representatives joined their Democratic colleagues in chastising Republican lawmakers for refusing to hear, what they call quote “common sense” gun control legislation.

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The question of a patient’s privacy came up during this legislative session. Should the family members of a patient who has overdosed be notified about that patient’s hospital stay? It came up again after the shooting in Orlando: can doctors communicate with family or friends about a patient’s status if that patient is still unconscious? 

Wikimedia

The Rhode Island Foundation has seeded some of the state’s institutions of higher education with nearly half a million dollars in medical research funding. The money goes toward 20 research projects that range from studying heart failure in obese people to using mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques to help prevent pre-term births. 

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