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4:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Political Roundtable: Cicilline on Congress, Raimondo's Infrastructure Plan & PawSox

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Congressman David Cicilline joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Congress, the PawSox, Governor Raimondo's infrastructure plan, and other issues.

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The Pulse
5:39 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Health Insurance Rate Hikes In Store For 2016

Or... they could be. Insurers have just filed their requests for premium rate increases with the state’s health insurance commissioner. They’re only preliminary. And in years past the health insurance commissioner has denied some increases. But if experience is any guide, the average monthly premium for most plans will probably go up - in some cases by two-digit percentages.                                                         

It all depends on how you buy your insurance - on your own, through a small business, or through a large business.

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Health Care
4:46 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

South County Hospital Clarifies "Partnership" Plans, Wants To Remain Independent

South County Hospital wants to clarify how it plans to work with other health care systems. Hospital officials now say the word “partnership” doesn’t adequately describe their plans.

South County Hospital CFO Tom Breen recently told Rhode Island Public Radio his organization wants to partner with another, larger health care system to improve service for patients. South County CEO Lou Giancola now says the word “partner” doesn’t mean the hospital is looking for a new owner.

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Environment
4:16 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Three Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded & Reunited

Banding peregrine falcon chicks atop the Bank of America building in downtown Providence has become a yearly spring ritual. Falcons have been nesting there since 2000.
Courtesy of Peter Green Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Earlier today, three peregrine falcon chicks were banded atop the Bank of America building in downtown Providence.

Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI), was there to assist. He said falcons have been nesting at the Superman Building for 15 years now, making this a yearly spring ritual.

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Environment
4:07 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Rhode Island Receives $1M To Clean Up Urban Brownfield Sites

Rhode Island has received $1 million dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up local brownfields; areas contaminated by toxic substances.  The money will go toward cleaning up areas in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence.  

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