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12:49 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

At the Crossroads: The Rise of Hepatitis C and the Fight to Stop It

Credit Jake Harper / RIPR

A multimedia series about one of the greatest public health challenges of a generation

Hepatitis C infects an estimated five million Americans, though most of them don’t know it. But deaths from hepatitis C are on the rise in baby boomers. And throughout New England, new infections are creeping up among a younger generation of injection drug users.

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On Sports
6:35 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Quiz For Super Sunday

We all know that Tom Brady grew up in San Mateo, Calif., played football at Serra High and Michigan, started in five Super Bowls and won three.  We also know he will start his sixth Super Bowl Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

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On Sports
10:25 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Tom Brady: Durable, Consistent, Focused

Snowmageddon 2015 will melt into history in a week or so. Deflategate unfortunately, will take a bit longer.  So let’s turn our attention to Super Bowl XLIX, or Super Bowl 49 for those of you who slept through Roman Numerals in elementary school.

Specifically, let’s turn our attention to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady because a long time will pass before we see another like him.

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On Politics
4:49 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Rhode Island emerged mostly unscathed from the first major snowstorm of the year, although the roads and sidewalks are a different story, in some cases. Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to share a tip or your thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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RI News
3:51 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Flights To Cape Verde From TF Green Taking Off In June

Two flights a week out of TF Green Airport will head to the Cape Verde island of Santiago starting June 2nd.
Credit File/Catherine Welch / RIPR

Starting June 2 there will be two flights a week out of TF Green to the Cape Verde islands. The 210-seat aircrafts will be the first regularly scheduled international flights out of the airport.

Flights will take off on Tuesdays and Fridays to the island of Santiago. From there, TACV Carbo Airlines will offer commuter flights to other islands. Gov. Gina Raimondo said the move makes sense given the state’s large Cape Verdean community.

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On Politics
3:12 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Whither the PawSox??

The fate of the Pawsox staying in Pawtucket is unclear. Gov. Gina Raimondo said she has not talked with Red Sox owners about keeping them here.
Credit File/Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Islanders have been transfixed lately by snow drifts and the Super Bowl. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to look ahead to spring and the return of baseball.

Has dealing with that white mountain in your driveway reminded you that one never has to shovel humidity? Do you yearn for a sport where the balls can be scuffed, but not deflated?

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The Education Blog
12:19 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Gist Becomes Lone Contender For Tulsa Job

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Looks like Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is headed back to her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tulsa World reports today that the other candidate in the search for a new superintendent of schools has dropped out of contention.

The Tulsa School Board is expected to take an official vote on Monday.

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On Politics
12:17 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Super Bowl MVP QB Roger Staubach predicts Pats Win

In case you haven’t had enough Super Bowl hype, here’s one more thing for New England fans to chew on: Roger Staubach, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback who was MVP of Super Bowl Vi in 1972, is predicting the Pats to defeat Seattle Sunday.

Staubach, who is now in the commercial real estate business as executive chairman of JLL, said in a news release that he expects a close game but that New England will emerge the winner.

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On Politics
10:30 am
Fri January 30, 2015

TACV Airline Coming To T.F. Green

Gov. Gina Raimondo, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and Green State Airport officials will announce today that the new airline flying from the airport will be TACV Cabo Verde, the national carrier of Cape Verde, which will offer flights to Portugal, the Azores and Cape Verde, sources tell Rhode Island Public Radio.

The announcement is scheduled for this afternoon at the airport. TACV is the second airline since September to disclose plans to fly from Green. In September, Condor Airlines officials said they planned to offer seasonal flights to Germany.

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Environment
8:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Sen. Whitehouse Offers Sharp Critique Of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse speaking on the senate floor
Credit Whitehouse Office

The U.S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday.  Rhode Island’s junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse voted against the bill.

A vocal critic from the start, Whitehouse released a sharp statement following the bill’s passage.  He calls the $8 billion dollar project a “disaster” for health and the environment.   The Keystone project would construct a nearly 12-hundred mile pipeline to carry mainly oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Whitehouse says the project would encourage dependence of fossil fuels, which exacerbate climate change.

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