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6:07 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: The Most Important Thing

Family.  Nearly all of us know how much complexity is packed into that very simple word.  For some, family is the center of our universe, the source of succor and sustenance.  As George Bernard Shaw said, "A happy family is but an earlier heaven."  But for others, family is fraught with angst and sometimes worse.  And perhaps more typically, for many family is a very complicated stew of joy and sorrow, as we hear from Kelly Kitel.
 

Kelly Kittel describes herself as a fish biologist by trade but a writer at heart. She lives on Aquidneck Island with her husband and three of their five living children, but, she says, her favorite writing space is in their family yurts on the coast of Oregon. Kittel recently published her first book, Breathe.

Environment
4:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hearing Examines Threats Posed By Climate Change

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discussing climate change on the Senate floor.
Credit RIPR FILE

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this afternoon to examine climate change threats. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse chaired the hearing.

The hearing highlights the harm climate change imposes on the economy, people’s health, and natural resources. Whitehouse invited an economist, a businessman, and a Florida official among others to speak.

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Economy
4:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Tax Credit Program Aimed At Encouraging First Time Home Buyers

Rhode Island Housing Director Richard Godfreys at the event launching the program offering tax credits to first time home buyers.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

A new program is launching to make it easier for first time homebuyers in the Ocean state. The program offers up to two-thousand dollars a year in tax credits for the life of a mortgage to eligible individuals.

The program is run through a partnership between the non-profit Rhode Island Housing, and various mortgage lenders. So far 41 people have applied for the program.  Governor Lincoln Chafee says it will help Rhode Island on the road to economic recovery.

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Environment
1:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily

Watershed Counts' 2014 reports say the health of Narragansett Bay may be improving.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

"Watershed Counts," a collection of information that focuses on the water quality of the state's beaches, reports that the health of Narragansett Bay is improving. However, the report also monitors the effects of global warming and pollution on the bay and has found that beaches are still being closed due to higher than average bacterial levels in the water. 

Nicole Rohr of the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute worked on the report. She says climate change is causing more unpredictable storms, which has led to more polluted runoff into the bay. 

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Health Care
10:59 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Dense Breast Notification Law Signed

Mammogram shows dense breast tissue on the left, a breast with mostly fatty tissue on the right.
Credit Mayo Clinic

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that requires health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue. The law is aimed at helping detect cancers a mammogram might miss.

Dense breast tissue is pretty common, especially in younger women. The issue is that dense tissue can make it more difficult for a mammogram to “see” cancerous growths. You may not be able to tell whether your breasts are made up of more dense tissue, but a radiologist can see it on a mammogram.

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RI News
8:29 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Gas Prices Down Four Cents In RI And MA

Gas prices dropped 4 cents in the last week in Rhode Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

Good news for drivers in Rhode Island. Gas prices went down four cents in the last week.  The state average for a gallon of regular unleaded now costs $3.64.

That’s according to the latest survey from AAA of Southern New England.

Despite the drop Rhode Island drivers are still paying more than the national average, which is twelve cents cheaper at $3.52.  The current Rhode Island price is still cheaper than the price last year which was sixteen cents more.

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The Pulse
12:55 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

On World Hepatitis Day, An Invitation

Baby boomers are five times as likely to have chronic hepatitis C as any other age group. That's why the CDC launched a public health campaign to encourage boomers to get screened for the disease. And so, in honor of World Hepatitis Day, I invite---no, I encourage--boomers to get tested for hepatitis C. Why C and not the others? Because we've got effective vaccines for hepatitis A and B, but not for hepatitis C. So let's focus on that one. More information for boomers, below.

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Personal Stories
11:40 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Our Own Curriculum

This short radio piece gives you a peek into the lives of three people in their early twenties who graduated from college one year ago. I called these recent graduates, asking two questions: “Are you happy where you are career-wise” and “Do you think that you are on the right track”. The answers that I get back vary quite a bit.

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Stories from Homeless Rhode Islanders
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Rhode Island StoryCorps: Harmon Chambers

Harmon Chambers with Alice Knight.
Credit StoryCorps

The oral history project StoryCorps partnered with the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless to record interviews with homeless and formerly homeless people in the state.  Each storyteller was interviewed by someone they know: a friend, co-worker, counselor, or case manager.  In this special series, we bring you some of their stories.

In this episode, Harmon Chambers is interviewed by his case manager from Riverwood Housing First, Alice Knight.

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On Politics
4:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Joe Paolino vs. Edie Ajello?

State Rep. Edie Ajello, D-Providence, a veteran Democratic East Side lawmaker, says that former Democratic Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., was behind recruiting a candidate to run against her in the September 9 Democratic primary.

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