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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:28 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Elorza Says He'll Make Reducing Providence Car Tax A Priority

Elorza plans to reduce the city's car tax if elected, which he says hurts Providence's poorer residents.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza said he’ll make it a priority to reduce the bite of the car tax if he wins the race for City Hall.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joined Elorza at a Silver Lake car lot today Wednesday to talk about the issue. Elorza said it’s important to raise Providence’s car tax exemption of a thousand dollars since the tax hits low-income residents the hardest.

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Higher Education
8:41 am
Thu October 23, 2014

RIPR Exclusive: Brown Restricts Travel In Response To Ebola Outbreak

Citing safety concerns, Brown University has restricted university-sponsored travel to countries in the grips of the Ebola outbreak. The university strongly urged professors and students to avoid personal travel as well, to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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Politics
5:11 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Education In The Governor's Race

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

As the days tick down before the November election, we’re looking at the major issues and the candidates in Rhode Island’s race for governor. Today in our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison delves into the front runners' positions on education, from expanding charter schools to preparing graduates for the workforce needs of the 21st Century.

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On Politics
4:03 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Cianci Files Complaint Against Myrth York's Priorities PVD

Buddy Cianci is filing a complaint against the group Priorities PVD, an independent political committee.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Independent Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci today filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Board of Elections against an East Side group, Priorities PVD, an independent political committee that has been running anti-Cianci advertising.

The complaint, which also names Cianci’s Democratic opponent, former city Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza, and asserts that the group has formed a political action committee without filing required documents with the state election board and the secretary of state’s office. Cianci also claims that the group has coordinated with Elorza.

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RI News
3:54 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ashoka Mukpo: Went Weeks Not Knowing If I’d Survive Ebola

Ashoka Mukpo embraces healthcare workers who helped him during his two week recovery in isolation at the Nebraska Medical Center.
Credit Taylor Wilson / Nebraska Medical Center

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola is asking the public to give him space and privacy as he leaves a Nebraska hospital today and heads home to Providence. Ashoka Mukpo spent two and a half weeks in isolation to treat the deadly virus.

Doctors at The Nebraska Medical Center said age was the main factor as to why the 33-year-old recovered more quickly than the Massachusetts doctor whom they also treated.

At a press conference, University of Nebraska Medical Center chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold read a statement by Mukpo filled with gratitude for his medical care.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

A Day After Debate, Fung + Raimondo Keep Sparring

On the heels of a heated debate, the front runners in the race for governor continued the sparring Wednesday.

Republican Allan Fung is criticizing Democratic rival Gina Raimondo for not having attending a board meeting of Rhode Island Housing in more than a year. Given a series of problems at the agency, Fung says Raimondo should have personally attended meetings to offer oversight.

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Environment
12:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Highest Point For State Land Acquisition

Jerimoth Hill is known for being one of the most difficult high points to climb in the nation, not because of its elevation, but because an abutting neighbor closed off its access point.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island’s highest point at 812 feet, is officially open to the public. Brown University owned this parcel of land in Foster and handed over the land deed to the state at a ceremony this morning.

State and Brown University officials huddled with their rain jackets and umbrellas near the entrance of Jerimoth Hill along route 101 in Foster. After they watched Gov. Lincoln Chafee raise the Rhode Island flag on a flagpole, they made their way to the highest point on the property, which isn’t that much higher than the road at the entrance. 

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Health Care
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhode Islander Diagnosed With Ebola Better, Set To Be Released

Ashoka Mukpo is free of the Ebola virus, and is scheduled to be released from isolation Wednesday.
Credit facebook

The Rhode Islander who was the fifth American to return to the US to be treated for Ebola, is virus-free. Doctors say he will be released from isolation this morning.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Healthcare Issues Candidates Should Be Focusing On

Newly elected officials will need to make big decisions regarding healthcare, which makes up a major portion of the state budget.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Islanders go to the polls in less than a week. Their choices, the state’s new leaders, will have to contend with the state’s budget shortfall. A huge chunk of that budget goes to health care.  

So, as part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay asks some of the state’s top health care stakeholders what steps those newly elected leaders can take to help.

        

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:24 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Republican Fung Campaigning To Be Rhode Island’s First Asian-American Governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung works the crowd at a Sons of Italy event in West Warwick.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There’s a photograph on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s desk of his first inauguration. He’s being sworn into the mayor’s office he has the family Bible and his parents are by his side. “I can see the pride in my mom’s eyes, in my dad’s eyes as I was getting sworn in,” said Fung.

He looks at this photo almost every day, “and it just reminds me of who I am and how far they’ve come, and because of what they did I’m where I am.”

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