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3:05 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Former State Sen. Mike Lenihan dies at 71

J. Michael Lenihan, the East Greenwich Democratic state senator and tireless advocate for open government causes, died at his home yesterday after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

Lenihan was a leader of government reform forces in the aftermath of the credit union collapse of the early 1990s. A burly high school history teacher, he played a crucial role in crafting legislation on lobbyist disclosure, open government records laws and increasing transparency in a state government not known for always being accountable to voters.

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On Politics
2:41 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

RIP outfielder Minnie Minoso

RIP Minnie Minoso, who helped integrate major league baseball in the 1950s as a player for the Chicago White Sox, has died.

The speedy Gold Glove left fielder was a native of Cuba and didn’t speak much English when he came to the White Sox from the Negro League. ``For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be `Mr. White Sox,’’ said President Barack Obama in a statement.

On Politics
2:19 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Snow parking bans on streets in Providence, Newport

In what has become an all too familiar winter announcement this year, the cities of Providence and Newport have ordered street parking  bans.

Mayor Jorge Elorza announced this afternoon that the capital city’s parking ban will go into effect at midnight Monday (March 2) and remain in effect until further notice. The mayor also said in a statement that parents should remain on alert for a possible school tomorrow. The city’s snow hotline telephone number is 680-8080.

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On Politics
5:39 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

TGIF Will Return March 6

My TGIF column is on vacation and will return next Friday, March 6. See you then!

The Pulse
4:10 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Medicaid Reform: What's At Stake

Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed a working group to "reinvent Medicaid." The group must present the Governor with ideas for trimming costs and improving quality by the end of April. Sounds wonky, perhaps,  but this is a big and important job. The results could affect all of us. How?

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Business
3:48 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Bottom Line: Pawtucket Mayor On PawSox Plan To Move To Providence

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark sit down with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien to find out how he's adjusting to news of a new ownership group for the Pawtucket Red Sox and their plan to move the team to Providence.

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Economy
3:03 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Rhode Island Latinos Trail Nation For Home Ownership

Homeownership rates for Latinos in Rhode Island are well below the national average.  New data show 25 percent of the of the state’s Latinos own their own home, compared the national average of 45 percent. That’s according to study by the Latino Policy Institute, and Housing Works RI.  From 2007 to 2013, the cost of home ownership far outpaced incomes for Latinos in the state.

What’s more, the number of Latinos grew by more than 50 percent since 2000, making them the fastest growing population in the state.

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Political Roundtable
9:28 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Jim Vincent On Race Relations, Diversity In Government + More

Providence NAACP branch President Jim Vincent talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and WPRI investigative reporter Tim White, about community-race relations in the state, as the media has turned its focus from the demonstrations this summer.  Vincent also weighs in on the lack of diversity in state government, and asks what National Black History month really achieves.

Hear more of our conversation with Jim Vincent in our Political Roundtable

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Health Care
9:03 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Gov. Raimondo Tackles Rhode Island's High Medicaid Costs

Gov. Gina Raimondo signs executive order creating a group to tackle the state's high cost of medicaid.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo is asking a group of healthcare leaders to tackle the cost of Medicaid. The program provides healthcare for poor and elderly Rhode Islanders.

The per-patient cost for Medicaid in Rhode Island is the second highest in the nation, and the rising price tag is eating up too much of the state budget. That was the message from Governor Gina Raimondo, as she signed an executive order to create a working group on Medicaid.

Raimondo said if the state doesn’t address the issue, the consequences could be dire.

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Political Roundtable
8:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Political Roundtable: Jim Vincent On Racial Disparities, The PawSox + More

President of the NAACP Providence branch Jim Vincent joins the Political Roundtable this week.  Vincent weighs in on the recent sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the team's possible move to Providence. He also discusses the resignation of Rhode Island Health Department head Michael Fine and the American Civil Liberties Union report on racial disparities in Rhode Island's schools and prison system.

Hear more of our conversation with Jim Vincent in our Bonus Q&A.

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