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Science Education In Action At Sea

A group of local science teachers got to see science in action aboard a research cruise this summer. They worked with scientists from the University of Rhode Island.
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New Law Boosts Insurance Coverage For Addiction, Mental Health Treatment

Governor Gina Raimondo has signed into law new protections for patients battling mental health and substance abuse problems. Rhode Island already requires health insurance to cover treatment for mental health and substance abuse. But the new law goes even further. For years, addiction professionals have consulted guidelines from the American Society of Addiction Medicine to determine the best course of treatment for their patients. But until now, health insurers had the final say about how...
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This I Believe Rhode Island: Hope

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  Hope.  It's what keeps us going when storm clouds move into our lives, in those darkest moments when there seems to be no glimmer of light.  Hope.  The poet Emily Dickinson said, "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings without the words -- and never stops at all."  And that's what we hear about hope from Samantha Andersen.

Samantha Andersen is an independent educational consultant living in Pawtucket.  After living in various states across the country, she settled in Rhode Island in 2012, and believes that in the Ocean State she has found her "forever home."

John Bender

One tragic trend that Providence has so far avoided is the soaring murder rates in American cities.

Rhode Island’s capital has been the scene of 10 murders to date this year, compared to 11 at this time last year. In 2013, there were 11 at this point in the year, according to Providence police spokeswoman Lindsay Lague.

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Sen. Jack Reed is accepting requests from Rhode Islanders for tickets to Pope Francis address to Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24. Pope Francis will be the first pope to ever address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

The tickets are outdoors and standing room. Ticketholders will be able to watch the pope’s speech on outdoor Jumbotrons that will be set up. After the address, His Holiness is slated to make an appearance at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

John Bender

Little information is available about what caused a steel structure to collapse Tuesday morning at Bryant University. But officials at Rhode Island Hospital say six workers transported there were all in good condition.

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Court officials met throughout the morning Monday without reaching a decision on how to distribute thousands upon thousands of pages of documents from the state's lawsuit over failed video-game maker 38 Studios.

Superior Court Clerk Henry S. Kinch Jr. said the talks will continue, although it remains unclear for now when a process for making the information public will be established.

The financially troubled Coventry fire district is warning it will not be able to make its payroll this Friday. The district’s board meets Monday night, and could decide to lay off up to 14 firefighters. The district couldn’t completely fund its scheduled payroll last month, resulting in late pay.

The district currently relies of a fire tax levy from 9,000 Coventry residents. Fire District Board Chairman Frank Palin said that won’t be enough to cover costs. In June, district residents voted to dissolve the department rather than pay more taxes.

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed is in Ukraine this week, to monitor the continued conflict between that country and Russia. 

Reed says the simmering tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain a top security challenge for the U.S. and Europe. Last year Russia annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine, initiating an international conflict.

Reed has called on the Obama Administration to provide defense to Ukraine. Reed is the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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As negotiations continue for a new PawSox stadium in Providence, opponents will stage an unorthodox protest Monday. The group plans to gather at the vacant lot proposed for the stadium and turn it into a park.

A park is exactly what opponents say will be taken from the city if the stadium is built. The parcel on former highway land was initially set aside for a large public park. The group “No New Stadium” plans to give residents a taste of what they may be missing if the park never materializes.

The U.S. Open starts Monday in New York, and there’s reason for Rhode Island tennis fans to pay attention other than Serena Williams’s bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Newport Historical Society

Dozens of historical reenactors gather in Newport Saturday to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots. The events were some of the first rumblings of the Revolutionary War.

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