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6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 1: A Tale Of Two Epidemics

Note: This estimate includes people not typically counted by national health surveys. The CDC estimates about 3 million Americans are infected but doesn't include people who are incarcerated, on active military duty, or in nursing homes.
Credit Jake Harper / RIPR

One infectious disease – Ebola – is dominating the headlines now. But there’s another that affects far more people around the world, including here in the U.S.

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RI News
9:29 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Superior Court Hearing Today For Alleged Campaign Finance Violations In Newport Casino Fight

Newport Grand
Credit RIPR FILE

A hearing is scheduled today in Superior Court for allegations that an anti-casino group in Newport has violated campaign finance laws. This is the latest in what’s becoming a bitter fight over Newport Grand.

At stake is the expansion of table games like poker and blackjack at the facility, which currently only has slot machines.  The development group Jobs for Newport, headed up by former Providence mayor Joe Paolino, is in favor of the expansion, and filed the complaint. 

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Education
8:41 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Pawtucket School System Responds to Bullying of Transgender Student

Goff Jr. High School in Pawtucket
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A few weeks ago we brought you the story of Hannah Rini, a transgender student in Pawtucket, who was bullied to the point where she left Goff Junior High School before finishing 7th grade. Pawtucket School officials declined to comment before the story aired, and they still say they can't discuss Hannah's story directly because of student privacy rules.

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Politics
4:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Pension Fallout a Wild Card in Raimondo's Run for Governor

Raimondo walking in Woonsocket's AutumnFest parade with daughter Ceci.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gina Raimondo has enjoyed a meteoric rise since winning office as Rhode Island’s general treasurer in 2010, and she could make history November 4 as the state’s first woman governor. Raimondo has received national media attention for spearheading the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. Yet pension cuts have left some of the public employees who form a key part of the Democratic coalition angry at Raimondo.

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On Politics
1:42 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

R.I. Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange slated for Nov. 28

The Indian Summer season dwindles, the afternoon light fades into darkness and a coating of frost covers the morning pumpkins. The evening chills sends us back into the closets for the heavier coats will will soon be wearing.

The coming of a New England winter reminds once again that poor Rhode Islanders face a tougher time that the better-off. So once again it is time for us to search those closets for old winter coats to donate to the annual Rhode Island Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange.

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On Politics
5:46 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

TGIF: 11 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. We're getting down to the wire, with just more than 2 weeks until Rhode Island's Election Day 2014. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and I welcome you to follow me on the twitters. (TGIF items are briefer than usual this week due to some time-consuming projects; cry me a river, right?)

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The Bottom Line
5:22 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The Bottom Line: The End Of The Providence Phoenix

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 talk with Peter Kadzis, senior editor at WGBH news and formerly and editor for the Boston Phoenix. The Providence Phoenix recently ended its 36 year run as an alternative news weekly. Peter Kadzis provides perspective on the end of the Phoenix and changes in the newspaper industry.

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Arts & Culture
5:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Regina Carter Brings Her Jazz Violin Style To Rhode Island Schools

Regina Carter plays for students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the performing arts in Pawtucket.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Award winning musician Regina Carter is a genre bending violinist. Though classically trained, she’s made a career recording jazz, folk and fiddle styles. She’s performed around the world, but this week Carter was in Rhode Island spending time with local music students. This was one stop she made in a series of events by FirstWorks, including a concert Saturday night at RISD.

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On Politics
4:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Fund for Community Progress to honor former ProJo columnist Bob Kerr Oct. 24th

The Fund for Community Progress is hosting a `Toast’ to former Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr for his 43 years of outstanding journalism and service to the southeastern New England community.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Pearl Restaurant and Lounge at 393 Charles Street in Providence. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and has a suggested donation of $25 to the Fund for Community Progress.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Fung, Raimondo Should Answer These Questions Before They Get Your Vote

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit RIPR FILE

The major candidates for Rhode Island governor have spent much of their campaigns focused on the economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what they aren’t telling voters.

All of the Rhode Island political campaigns this year are talking about our state’s sluggish economy. In the governor’s contest between Republican Allan Fung, the Cranston mayor, and Democrat Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer, jobs and the economy often seem to be the only topic.

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