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9:39 am
Mon September 15, 2014

URI Moves to Arm Campus Police

The University of Rhode Island has begun training campus police officers to carry guns after a controversial decision in April to arm the campus police force.

Public Safety Stephen Baker says the goal is to have all 27 campus officers carrying guns by the start of the Spring semester. 

"State police have completed 17 of the background checks and they’ve been delivered to us. The next step in that process is to have those officers go through psychological examinations," Baker said. "Then we’ll begin the actual firearms training, and that’s planned for the month of October."

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On Politics
6:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

TGIF: 20 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Did Rhode Island's primary election on Tuesday reflect a repudiation of the status quo or a reinforcement of political norms? A fair bit of each, as it turns out, dear reader. So consider the evidence presented below, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and stay tuned on the twitters for more of my dispatches as we move toward November 4. 

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On Politics
4:17 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Raimondo Has The Edge Over Fung At Start Of Governor's Race

Gina Raimondo announcing her run for Governor in January.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The primaries are over and now it’s time for the main event. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the Rhode Island campaign for governor.

Rhode Island voters will make history in November by choosing either Republican Allan Fung or Democrat Gina Raimondo as their next governor. Raimondo would be the first woman governor;  Fung would be the first Asian-American.

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The Bottom Line
3:36 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Bottom Line: Block Island Wind Farm On Track To Being First In Nation

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with the CEO of Deepwater Wind Jeff Grybowski. They discuss the five-turbine wind farm’s timeline and how it’s on track to becoming the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Health Care
2:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

More Hospitals To Distribute Overdose Rescue Kits

Narcan, or naloxone, comes in an easy-to-use nasal spray.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island, the Miriam, and Newport Hospitals will be handing out overdose prevention kits to patients at risk. The kits are just one piece of a larger program designed to combat opioid overdose deaths.

The hospitals will distribute overdose kits to patients who have been brought to their emergency rooms because of an overdose. That kit will include Narcan – a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose – in the form of a nasal spray.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Magaziner on the Pension Fight, Payday Loans & More

Democratic treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner, along with guest panelist Ted Nesi, join Bonus Q+A to discuss Magaziner's view of the treasurer's office, the ongoing court fight over the state's pension overhaul & more.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Political Roundtable: Magaziner's Win, Elorza in Providence & Fung vs Raimondo

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic nominee for state treasurer Seth Magaziner and guest panelist Ted Nesi join Political Roundtable this week to discuss primary victories for Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung; Magaziner's triumph over Frank Caprio; Jorge Elorza's victory in Providence; and Nellie Gorbea's upset of Guillaume De Ramel.

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Health Care
6:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Annual Rally Fights Addiction Stigma

The Rally 4 Recovery banner hangs on City Hall in Providence.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island’s annual Rally for Recovery takes place Saturday afternoon at Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence.

This year marks Rhode Island’s 11th annual Rally for Recovery. If last year’s event is any indication, thousands of attendees are expected for an afternoon of live music, speakers, and a candlelight processional toward the statehouse. The rally highlights the stories of people in recovery from the disease of addiction and remembers those who have died from the disease.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Cool Moose’s Bob Healey Running For RI Governor

Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey will be on the ballot for governor.
Credit file / RIPR

Bob Healey, known for running for office under the Cool Moose Party, has thrown his hat in the ring for governor. This time for the Moderate Party.

Healey said he will refrain from taking any campaign contributions, and instead engage voters through what he calls “guerilla warfare style politics” – a low-budget campaign that will roll out its objectives through an online journal.

Healey said the Moderate Party approached him to run for governor after the initial candidate, James Spooner, had to bow out for health reasons.

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RI News
3:07 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Rhode Island Commemorates The Thirteenth Anniversary Of 9/11

Rhode Island State Police troopers lined up along the steps of the Statehouse main hall.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Many Rhode Islanders marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at a ceremony at the statehouse today.

On hand were elected officials, members of the state’s police and fire units, as well as victims’ family members. Pat Nassaney, the father of Shawn Nassaney, who died on United Airlines Flight 175, which struck the south tower of the World Trade Center, addressed the crowd.

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