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8:15 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Mementos and Memories

Family mementos and memories.  For many of us they’re vitally important – and full of vitality, keeping loved ones near to our hearts, especially once they’re no longer with us.  Precious trinkets, heirlooms, one-of-a-kind photographs, this is the stuff that binds us to the people we care about. The novelist Saul Bellow once wrote, “Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”  And as we hear from Reed Caster in this encore essay, profound connections are sometimes forged from the most modest inheritances.

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On Politics
3:17 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Two Top Clinton Campaign Officials Coming to RI Monday

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, and her director of state campaigns, Marlon Marshall, are slated to travel to Rhode Island Monday to meet with key contributors and to build Clinton's presidential operation, a source told RIPR.

Clinton is expected to establish a campaign office at Mashapaug Commons, a shopping plaza on Reservoir Avenue.

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The Pulse
1:14 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Donate Life, And More Ways to Help Others Live Healthier

In honor of Donate Life month (a yearly celebration of organ donors and recipients), I thought I'd offer a few suggestions for helping someone else lead a healthy life in Rhode Island, including how to donate organs and tissue.

But first, some facts:

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On Politics
9:45 am
Tue April 21, 2015

To Compete with Mass.,Twin River Proposes Moving Gambling from Newport Grand to Tiverton Location

The chair of Twin River's board, John E. Taylor Jr., outlines the proposal for what he calls a convenience casino in Tiverton.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The parent company of Twin River proposed Tuesday, in essence, to relocate Newport Grand's video lottery terminals to a new location in Tiverton, close to the border with Fall River, Massachusetts, while adding 30 to 40 table games at the new site.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Learning To Respect A Patient's Wishes At The End Of Life

Second-year resident Dr. Mark Salmon at the bedside of patient Melissa Smith (played by actress Melissa Bowler). In this simulation, Melissa Smith is dying from advanced ovarian cancer. Smith's mother Terry (played by Terry Rochon, RN) looks to Dr. Salmon for reassurance.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Talking about dying is difficult for most people, including doctors. But can they learn a better way to help patients nearing the end of their lives? Can health care systems learn to respect those wishes? Here’s one experiment to find out.

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Dr. Kate Lally gathers a group of second year residents outside a patient’s room at Kent Hospital in Warwick. Lally explains the patient they’re about to examine is 34-year-old Melissa Smith. She has advanced ovarian cancer. Until now, she’s been in hospice care at home, keeping comfortable.

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