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4:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

President Obama to tout stellar GDP growth in RIC speech tomorrow

When he visits Rhode Island tomorrow, President Barack Obama will speak about the improving national economy and the latest Gross Domestic Product data that was released today by the federal government.

Obama is scheduled to arrive at Green State Airport  this evening and stay overnight in Providence. While the White House is not disclosing where the president will stay, sources in Providence say it will be the Omni Hotel downtown, which is attached to the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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On Politics
2:43 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Fung has campaign finance edge as election day nears

As the hours dwindle until next Tuesday, Republican Allan Fung has a significant edge in campaign money over Democrat Gina Raimondo in the Rhode Island gubernatorial campaign.

Reports filed with the state Board of Elections show that Fung has about $270,000 remaining in his campaign account, while Raimondo’s campaign chest has only about $32,000. Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey, the third candidate in the race to succeed Lincoln Chafee as governor, has not solicited campaign contributions.

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Rhody Votes 2014
12:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

First Lady Headlines Rally In Providence In Support of Raimondo

First Lady Michelle Obama headlining a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo
Elisabeth Harrison RIPR

First Lady Michelle Obama called on the public to turn out for the upcoming election during a campaign rally for Gina Raimondo. The first lady joined the Democratic nominee for governor at the Juanita Sanchez school in Providence. 

Obama called on attendees to convince friends and family to vote, and asked them to consider volunteering for Raimondo’s campaign.

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidates Spar In Final Broadcast Debate Before Election

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza, and Daniel Harrop at the RIPR/WJAR debate.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The three candidates for mayor of Providence took part in a spirited debate last night at Rhode Island College.  The candidates mostly rehashed their stances while tossing sharp remarks at one another.

With a boisterous audience, it didn’t take long for things to get heated between independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop. Cianci took aim at Harrop for contributing to Elorza’s campaign and saying he might vote for the Democrat.

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Politics
9:35 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Digging Into Question 5: The Cultural Economy Bonds

The Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School stands to get about $2 million dollars for infrastructure upgrades if the bonds pass. It's just one of many organizations that could benefit from the funds.
Credit Rhode Island Philharmonic

Rhode Islanders head to the polls in just a few short days.  In addition to the major races, voters will also decide on spending bonds.  There are four of them. 

For this month’s Artscape, and as part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage we’re looking into question Five: the arts and culture bond.  Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender spoke with morning host Elisabeth Harrison.

For all of our election coverage, visit the Rhody Votes '14 page at our website here

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Politics
8:14 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Unofficial Buddy Cianci Biographer Looks At The Politician's Past And Future

Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci has made a second comeback, as he attempts to with the Providence Mayor's seat for a third time.
Credit RIPR FILE

To take a closer look at the Providence mayor’s race, we brought in Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mike Stanton … who is considered by many the unofficial biographer of Buddy Cianci. A twice convicted felon, Cianci is running again for mayor. As part of our Rhody Votes election coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Stanton to talk about Cianci’s past and whether it is prologue.

For all of our election coverage, visit the Rhody Votes page at our website here.

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Theater Reviews
4:44 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Gamm’s Hedda Gabler Sparkles and Delights

Marianna Bassham as Hedda Gabler
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

That's it. Last time out, you may remember, the Gamm did “Grounded,” a high altitude look at an American female fighter pilot that was quick and memorable.

This time artistic director Tony Estrella and his crew have moved to Norway for a dog fight with one of the great, groundbreaking plays of all time, Henrik Ibsen's “Hedda  Gabler.”

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: At 73, Cianci Vies For A Second Comeback in Providence

Cianci greets voters at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center in upper South Providence last weekend.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

At age 73, Buddy Cianci’s passion for campaigning still burns bright. He’s the longest serving mayor in Providence history. But scandals have twice forced Cianci from City Hall, first in 1984 and then again in 2002. Yet Cianci keeps coming back, and no one underestimates him in his battle with Democrat Jorge Elorza.

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Rhody Votes 2014
6:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: A Heated Debate Over The ConCon

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to approve a Constitutional Convention, known as the ConCon. This is a delegation of elected representative who would recommend changes to the state’s constitution.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay gathered two men for a lively debate: Phil West, retired Executive Director of Common Cause of Rhode Island for the ConCon and Steven Brown, Executive Director of the ACLU of Rhode Island against it.

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Health Care
3:20 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

School Nurses Dealing With Overdose Epidemic, Too

A package of nasal naloxone, or Narcan, doses. The drug can reverse an opioid overdose in seconds, if used in time.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

School nurse teachers in Rhode Island say they need to have an opioid overdose rescue drug called Narcan on hand in schools. That’s one of several findings of a first-ever survey of school nurses about the use of opioids like prescription painkillers in schools and experiences with overdoses in schools. Overdose educator and University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor Jef Bratberg presented the findings. He says it’s not surprising that schools are affected.

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