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Battle With The Sea
7:47 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Protecting Wastewater Treatment Plants

Historic rains flooded the Pawtuxet River in 2010, overtopping the earthen levee built to protect the Warwick Sewer Authority.
Photo Courtesy of Janine Burke

Here’s an effect of climate change you might not have thought of: heavy rains flood wastewater treatment plants. These intense rain storms are one result of warming temperatures. As part of our ongoing series, Battle With The Sea, Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza has a report from a wastewater treatment plant in Warwick.

The Warwick Sewer Authority is located on the banks of the Pawtuxet River, next to what is called an oxbow, the U-shape curve in a river. The river wants to fill in the land next to the oxbow each time it floods. 

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 7: Behind Bars, Hep C Takes A Toll On Inmates, And Budgets

Outside the medium security prison in Cranston.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island’s prisons are grappling with a dilemma. Hundreds of inmates have hepatitis C. New drugs can cure it. But they’re so expensive the department of corrections can’t afford them for every inmate who’s sick.

In this next part of our series “At the Crossroads,” a look at how prison officials decide who gets treated first.

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Arts & Culture
5:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

"Eve of Destruction" Chronicles Unrest Of The 1960’s

Fifty years ago Thursday President Lyndon Johnson lit the National Christmas Tree and said quote, ``These are the most hopeful times in all the years since Christ was born in Bethlehem.’’ Those words would come back to haunt him. It’s documented in a book by former Brown University professor James Patterson, Eve of Destruction.

Despite the assassination of President Kennedy a year earlier, Americans were prosperous and optimistic. But in Just a few months, that would all start to erode.

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On Sports
12:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Tennis Hall of Fame Construction, Renovation Progressing

December’s chill has not slowed the facelift of the historic Newport Casino.  Workers bundled in overalls and jackets, and hoodies and hard hats, have wrapped the steel skeleton of the new indoor tennis facility at the corner of Memorial Drive and Freebody Street and have begun installing the metal roof. The structure replaces a three-court building that opened in 1974.

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Higher Education
2:34 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Brown Task Force Releases Interim Report on Sexual Assault

Sexual violence is a problem at Brown University, and university officials should take immediate action to improve the process for responding to sexual assault, according to an interim report from Brown’s Task Force on Sexual Assault.

The report includes more than two dozen recommendations, including the adoption of trained fact-finders to investigate reports of sexual violence.

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Politics
9:14 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Community Leaders Join Gov-Elect Raimondo To Help Bolster State Economy

Governor Elect Gina Raimondo with her nomination for the first -ever State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

About 80 business people and other community leaders gathered Tuesday to find ways to bolster the state economy.  Governor-elect Gina Raimondo used the event to introduce her point man on economic development.

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Environment
9:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Officials Celebrate Approval Of Rhode Island's First National Park

U.S. Dept of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Lincoln, RI talking with the media about the benefits of national parks.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Advocates for parkland in the Blackstone River Valley celebrated the approval of Rhode Island’s first national park last Tuesday.  The park stretches more than 500 square miles, from Worcester Massachusetts all the way to Providence. 

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras: "We Did Everything That We Could"

Credit Ian Donnis

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is getting ready to leave City Hall after a tumultuous few years. Taveras lost his bid to become governor, but he takes credit for helping to stabilize Providence's finances. The mayor talked about his record and what's next during a wide-ranging exit interview.

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The Education Blog
5:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

RI Sees Drop in 8th Grade Science Scores

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

New test results show just 23 percent of Rhode Island 8th graders scored proficient or better in science,  a decline of seven percentage points from last year.

Some individual schools and districts also saw steep declines in their scores.

Education officials held off on releasing the results of the NECAP Science test while experts conducted an independent review of the test and the scoring. 

But in the end, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said they found no evidence this year's test was more difficult than last year.

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Hope and Faith

All of us have moments when hope seems fleeting, despite our best efforts to keep the flame aglow.  Try as we might, sometimes life’s dark clouds seem endless, so much so that it’s hard to have faith that our circumstances will brighten.  But hope we must have.  The retired Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  And our need to hold on to hope and faith is the theme of Ivy Marwil’s essay.

Ivy Elinoff Marwil has been a clinical social worker and psychotherapist for more than 35 years.  She reports that much of what she now believes about faith and hope she has learned from the people she has helped and, most recently, from her new role as grandmother.

 

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