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8:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Providence Students Earn College Credit In New Biotechnology Program

Students at the Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence can earn college credit for a biotechnology course.  It’s part of a special partnership with the University of Rhode Island

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Christmas Trees Ready At Local Farms

A Christmas tree farm.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

With the holiday season underway, the Department of Environmental Management encourages residents to buy local Christmas trees. Twenty-five Christmas tree farms are open throughout the state.

Trees begin to dry up shortly after they’re cut, cautions Ken Ayars, the DEM’s chief of the agriculture division.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Data: Mental Health Professional Helps Police Handle Crisis Calls

The Warwick Police department will be embedding a mental health professional on its force. The idea is to replicate a program in Providence, and there’s new data about how that program is working.

The Warwick program will be similar to the one in Providence, where a mental health team member rides along with cops to reach out to people in crisis and make an evaluation on the scene when needed. The so-called “community diversion clinician” tries to help people avoid jail when mental health treatment could be the better option.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Thanksgiving Edition

This Thanksgiving, our political analyst Scott MacKay is thankful for Rhode Island politics; which he calls "the gift that keeps on giving."
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Reporters in the Ocean State often say Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving. This week, political analyst Scott MacKay and Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski join Weekend host Chuck Hinman to reflect upon this past year's news stories for which they're thankful.

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RI News
8:45 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Champion Card Players Arrive In Providence For Thanksgiving Showdown

Thousands of bridge players converge on the Convention Center for the North American championships
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of bridge players are skipping the turkey and shuffling their cards Thursday. More than 5,000 thousand bridge players are in Providence competing in the North American Bridge Championships.

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Environment
8:38 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Winter Farmers' Markets Abound With Local Products

Summer may be gone, but locally grown food still abounds with eight winter farmers’ markets open throughout the state. A year-round local food system continues to grow in the Ocean State, as more and more farmers use greenhouses and other tools to extend the growing seasons.

Farmers’ markets these days sell an array of local offerings, not just produce, said Ken Ayars, the Department of Environmental Management’s agriculture chief.

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Environment
8:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Some Thanksgiving Turkeys Help Drive The Local Economy

Some of the last of Baffoni Poultry Farms' turkeys. The farm sold some 1200 birds this Thanksgiving.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When you sit down at Thanksgiving table today, you might not give much thought to where the turkey comes from. But an interest in buying local is helping area farms.

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The Education Blog
3:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Artscape: Rock-a-Baby Brings Live Music To Infants And Toddlers

Singer Kate Jones shows children how to play a tone drum at a Rock-a-Baby class in Providence
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

It’s Thanksgiving, and for many families, that means time to jump in the car and visit with relatives. If your drive is a long one, you might put on some music to entertain the kids along the way. Almost all children naturally love music.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison visited a music class for tiny babies and toddlers, with a little something for adults too.

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On Politics
2:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Time to Focus on R.I. History in Our Public Schools

It sometimes seems as if all of our contemporary debates over education revolve around high-stakes testing. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says our schools are neglecting an important topic that isn’t tested.

Trying to figure out what’s happening in education nowadays is an exercise in futility. You have to learn a new language suffused with psycho babble and techno-speak:  educators use terms  like rubrics, social-emotional learning and  site-based management..

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RI News
10:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Providence Soup Kitchen Prepares To Serve Holiday Meal To Hundreds

Amos House, a social service center in Providence, hosts the largest regular soup kitchen in the state. On Wednesday, the center's meal will serve turkey and all the trimmings to between 500 and 700. 

It’s a tradition at Amos House, to serve the turkey, potatoes, cranberry all on the day before the holiday.  That’s because, other places will offer the Thanksgiving meal on the actual day, so Amos House decided why not give the needy a nutritious meal the day before?

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