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On Politics
1:52 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Buddy Cianci campaign line of the day

The Farmers Market at Lippitt Park on Providence’s East Side is a bustling venue on Saturday mornings as people line up to choose from a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, sweets, seafood and pasture-feed beef. It was also a beehive of political activity this morning as candidates milled among prospective voters. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who is running in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor was spotted, along with Buddy Cianci, who is trying to make a comeback for Providence mayor as an independent.

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Stories from Homeless Rhode Islanders
6:00 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Rhode Island StoryCorps: James Fisher

James Fisher with his case manager, Michele Wilson.
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, homeless veteran James Fisher is interviewed by his case manager, Michele Wilson, who is helping him to find housing.

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On Politics
7:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's been another wild week in Rhode Island politics and things will only get more intense on the way to the September 9th primary. So strap yourself in, send your tips and thoughts to me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and follow me on the twitters whenever you're lucid and awake. Here we go.

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On Politics
3:02 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Providence mayoral campaign 11th hour scramble

The Providence mayoral campaign has featured more twists and turns than a Grand Prix auto race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s next in the run for City Hall.

This we know about Providence politics: One person’s backroom deal is another person’s noble gesture.

That is what voters will decide in the September 9 Democratic primary, when the favorite, City Council president Michael Solomon, faces off against Jorge Elorza, a law professor and political neophyte. (Perennial fringe candidate Christopher Young is also in the mix).

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The Pulse
12:16 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Painkiller Rxs Rising, But So Are Deaths From Heroin

Credit Rhode Island Department of Health

The state health department has just published some striking data on numbers of prescription painkillers, stimulants, and other controlled substances prescribed in Rhode Island over a 10 year period.

In January 2014, according to the health department, 1.8 million doses for painkillers were filled in Rhode Island. The numbers have been on a steady incline for 10 years. Check out the red line, below.

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Education
11:15 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi On Improving Schools In The Coming Year

Providence superintendent Susan Lusi
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

As students and teachers prepare to go back to school, Providence has released an update on efforts to improve its troubled schools. 

The report called “On the Move” suggests some promising changes in areas like early reading and getting more kids to graduate. Rhode Island Public Radio Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison gets the details from Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

CVS To Offer Overdose Antidote Narcan Without Prescription

CVS will soon provide the anti-overdose medication Narcan, to customers even without a description. Walgreens was the first nationwide pharmacy chain to provide such as service.
Credit RIPR FILE / Courtesy CVS

CVS Caremark will be joining Walgreens in allowing pharmacists to dispense a life-saving antidote for drug overdoses, without a prescription. That means that soon Narcan will be much more widely available throughout the state.

Rhode Island Hospital drug abuse epidemiologist Traci Green has been working with a statewide overdose prevention task force to get Narcan – also known as naloxone—into as many hands as possible. The drug can rescue someone who has overdosed on an opioid like heroin or prescription painkiller OxyContin.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Dan McKee on Why He's Running for Lieutenant Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee is one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor. Term limits prevent the state’s current LG, Elizabeth Roberts, from seeking re-electon. As part of our Rhody Votes coverage of the 2014 election, McKee says his work as mayor shows he can make a difference as lieutenant governor.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Elorza on Providence's Economy & Why He Thinks He's Buddy's Toughest Opponent

Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his campaign and related issues, including why he considers himself the strongest Democratic challenger for Buddy Cianci in November.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Political Roundtable: Elorza on His Run for Mayor of Providence

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; the new Channel 12-Providence Journal findings on the race for mayor; and the state Ethics Commission's decision to review an ethics complaint against Providence City Council President Michael Solomon.

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