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3:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

GOP Rivals In RI Governor’s Race Show Unity

Bitter rivals in the primary, Ken Block and Allan Fung hug at a press conference where Block endorsed Fung's run for governor.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.

They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.

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On Politics
1:53 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Elorza Gains Some Key South Side Endorsements

Democratic Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza has won key endorsements from elected officials on the city's South Side: state Representatives Grace Diaz and Scott Slater; state Senator Juan Pichardo; and Ward 15 Councilor Sabina Matos.

Elorza won the September 9 primary, but he lost the South Side to Michael Solomon, who won four of the area's five wards.

Picking up support from some of Solomon's more visible supporters could help Elorza as he battles with Buddy Cianci for South Side votes.

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Health Care
1:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

W&I Researchers Find Single Family Rooms Better For NICU Babies

Dr. James Padbury, Women and Infants Hospital pediatrician-in-chief, says NICU patients do better - developmentally, medically - when they're cared for in single family rooms like this one.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A new study from Women and Infants Hospital researchers finds that newborn intensive care patients fare better in single family rooms than in the traditional open wards found in most NICUs. The hospital opened its new NICU five years ago. Now researchers believe they can answer why it’s better for babies.

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On Politics
12:34 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Cianci Touts Neighborhood Revitalization Plan; No Cost Identified

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci on Monday outlined a neighborhood improvement plan with particular emphasis on Broad and Public streets -- key thoroughfares in the respective Latino and black communities where he needs to pick up votes.

Cianci said his internal polling shows him with strong support among blacks and Latinos, and he said his initiative is not about gaining votes.

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The Education Blog
10:37 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Scam Targets School Districts

The Rhode Island Association of School Committees is warning school districts about a scam involving false invoices.

RIASC Executive Director Tim Duffy says districts may want to keep an eye on their accounts payable. The scammers tried to target North Smithfield with a fake invoice from a company calling itself Scholastic School Supply.

Duffy says districts in other states have reported receiving similar invoices. The amount billed is the same in each case: $647.50.

Environment
9:25 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Rhode Island's First Farm-Based Brewery Opens

Farm-based breweries can now sell limited quantities of beer; only 72 ounces. That's about one six pack.
Credit Courtesty National Beer Wholesalers Association

Bills that would have given farmers a license to sell unlimited amounts of beer at their farm breweries and at farmer’s markets didn’t pass in the most recent legislative session.  But, Rhode Island has just licensed the state's first farm brewery.

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On Politics
6:14 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

With more than a hint of fall in the air, the general election candidates are driving toward the finish line. So sit back, take a read of my weekly notes, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and take a gander at the twitters. Here we go.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Taveras And Pell Back Raimondo At Democratic Unity Event

Jack Reed looks on as Raimondo (center) and Taveras chat.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gina Raimondo’s top two Democratic primary rivals expressed their support for her during a unity event in Cranston Friday. The gathering took place in the home city of Raimondo’s GOP opponent, Allan Fung.

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The Bottom Line
5:34 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Bottom Line: How The Intl’ Tennis Hall of Fame Will Export Newport

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

This week Catherine Welch sits in for Dave, she and Mark talk with the CEO of International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, Todd Martin. They discuss the Hall of Fame’s expansion and what it’s doing to bring the facility to a global audience.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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On Politics
3:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Providence's Titanic Mayoral Campaign

Jorge Elorza on the night of his Democratic primary win. He now faces Republican Daniel Harrop, and independent Buddy Cianci.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The Providence mayoral campaign, aka the Buddy Cianci redemption effort, is drawing national media attention. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the paths to victory for independent Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza.

Cianci, Elorza and Republican Dan Harrop faced off in their first campaign debate last week at Laurelmead, an East Side elderly housing complex. There was more heat than light as Elorza, a former city Housing Court judge, and Harrop, a psychiatrist, attacked Cianci’s record as one of New England’s infamously corrupt politicians.

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