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4:26 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Chafee, Valois, Sweitzer headed to European trade mission

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Marcel Valois, executive director of Commerce Rhode Island, will embark on a European trade mission that will be focused on meeting with executives of companies that have expressed an interest in establishing operations in Rhode Island.

Chafee’s press office issued a statement saying that these company executive officials are interested in Rhode Island due to the state’s ``proximity to Europe, as well as the location in the busy northeast corridor and the convenience of TF Green Airport, industrial ports and rail and highway transportation systems.’’

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Politics
3:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

RI Bill Would Also Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

Tobacco Free Rhode Island is applauding proposed rules out of the US Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes. The rules are similar to those in a bill pending at the Statehouse.

The proposed FDA rules would require warning labels and ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. A bill before the General Assembly also bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and would require a license for e-cigarette retailers.

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On Politics
3:35 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

More at URI than meets the eye

Colleges, even state colleges, are too expensive and beyond the financial reach of some students. RIPR political analyst   Scott MacKay on why college is still a great investment, both for taxpayers and students.

Fast upon us tis season of Lilacs, caps and gowns and those desultory commencement speeches about life being a journey. For too many seniors these days, the sheepskin comes with an avalanche of student loan debt.

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The Pulse
2:42 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

In Network, Out-Of-Network: What It Means, Why It Matters

When it comes to health insurance, "in-network" means a provider or facility that's contracted with your insurer to provide services at an agreed-upon rate. "Out-of-network" means a provider or facility that doesn't have an agreement with your insurer. Whether in-network or out-of-network providers and facilities are covered, and to what extent, depends on your particular health insurance plan.

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Health Care
1:59 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

United Healthcare, Landmark Await Ruling On Network

Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket is only a few months into its new chapter as a for-profit hospital.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The public comment period has ended and now the Rhode Island health department must decide whether United Healthcare can cut Landmark Medical Center from its insurance network. The decision could affect thousands of patients.

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On Politics
12:06 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Taveras Reports $500K+ for Q1; Raimondo Brings in $1.1M+

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras recorded his best fundraising performance yet by collecting more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2014, although rival Democrat Gina Raimondo bested that by taking in more than $1.1 million, their campaigns said Thursday.

Taveras' communications director, Dawn Bergantino, said more than three-quarters of Taveras' take for the quarter "came from within Rhode Island."

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Artscape
9:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Sacred Harp Singing In Rhode Island

Sacred Harp singers at the Meeting House on the east side of Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Earlier this month dozens of musicians from across New England and beyond gathered in Providence for the eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’ If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a clue: it doesn’t involve any harps.

That's the subject of this month's Rhode Island Artscape.

That’s the sound of about one hundred people, gathered at the Quaker Meeting House on the East Side of Providence.  They’re taking part in the state’s largest gathering of Sacred Harp singers.  The eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’

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Education
9:08 am
Thu April 24, 2014

URI Professor Awarded National Honor

Dr. Robert Ballard at the office of Naval Research.
Credit U.S. Navy

One of the University of Rhode Island’s most famous professors is receiving a national honor.  Robert Ballard will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Oceanography professor Robert Ballard first came to international prominence when discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.  Ballard received his doctorate from URI in 1974, and joined the School of Oceanography in the mid-2000’s.  He now heads the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.

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Environment
5:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates To Lay Out Plans For Tackling Climate Change Impacts

Gina Raimondo is one of four Democratic candidates running for governor, including Clay Pell, Angel Taveras, and Todd Giroux.
Credit RIPR FILE

The four Democratic candidates running for governor will outline this morning how they will address climate change threats if elected governor. 

The candidates will lay out those plans at a forum sponsored by the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) and the nonprofit online news outlet EcoRI. ECRI president Jamie Rhodes said only the Democratic candidates agreed to join.  He said the issue of climate change affects the Ocean state regardless of party lines. 

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On Politics
3:37 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

YWCA RI to hold annual Women Holding Office Celebration

The YWCA Rhode Island will hold the group’s 6th annual Women Holding Office Celebration on Monday April 28 at 6 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Rose Hidalgo, director of public policy for Casa de Esperanza in Washington, D.C.  The annual event celebrates the achievements of women in Rhode Island politics. This year, the premiere of a documentary about the first women elected mayors in the Ocean State will be presented.

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