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8:45 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Champion Card Players Arrive In Providence For Thanksgiving Showdown

Thousands of bridge players converge on the Convention Center for the North American championships
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of bridge players are skipping the turkey and shuffling their cards Thursday. More than 5,000 thousand bridge players are in Providence competing in the North American Bridge Championships.

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Environment
8:38 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Winter Farmers' Markets Abound With Local Products

Summer may be gone, but locally grown food still abounds with eight winter farmers’ markets open throughout the state. A year-round local food system continues to grow in the Ocean State, as more and more farmers use greenhouses and other tools to extend the growing seasons.

Farmers’ markets these days sell an array of local offerings, not just produce, said Ken Ayars, the Department of Environmental Management’s agriculture chief.

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Environment
8:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Some Thanksgiving Turkeys Help Drive The Local Economy

Some of the last of Baffoni Poultry Farms' turkeys. The farm sold some 1200 birds this Thanksgiving.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When you sit down at Thanksgiving table today, you might not give much thought to where the turkey comes from. But an interest in buying local is helping area farms.

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The Education Blog
3:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Artscape: Rock-a-Baby Brings Live Music To Infants And Toddlers

Singer Kate Jones shows children how to play a tone drum at a Rock-a-Baby class in Providence
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

It’s Thanksgiving, and for many families, that means time to jump in the car and visit with relatives. If your drive is a long one, you might put on some music to entertain the kids along the way. Almost all children naturally love music.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison visited a music class for tiny babies and toddlers, with a little something for adults too.

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On Politics
2:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Time to Focus on R.I. History in Our Public Schools

It sometimes seems as if all of our contemporary debates over education revolve around high-stakes testing. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says our schools are neglecting an important topic that isn’t tested.

Trying to figure out what’s happening in education nowadays is an exercise in futility. You have to learn a new language suffused with psycho babble and techno-speak:  educators use terms  like rubrics, social-emotional learning and  site-based management..

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RI News
10:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Providence Soup Kitchen Prepares To Serve Holiday Meal To Hundreds

Amos House, a social service center in Providence, hosts the largest regular soup kitchen in the state. On Wednesday, the center's meal will serve turkey and all the trimmings to between 500 and 700. 

It’s a tradition at Amos House, to serve the turkey, potatoes, cranberry all on the day before the holiday.  That’s because, other places will offer the Thanksgiving meal on the actual day, so Amos House decided why not give the needy a nutritious meal the day before?

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RI News
9:50 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Millions Of People Set To Hit The Road As One Of The Busiest Travel Weekends Begin

About a million Rhode Islanders will travel during the Thanksgiving, (unfortunately the weather is not expected to be this nice.)
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

About 46 million people will be traveling across the country during the Thanksgiving holiday according to predictions from Triple-A.  That’s the highest number since the great recession in 2007.  Unfortunately a winter storm is expected to pelt the state with rain and some snow Wednesday; bad news for travelers. 

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The Education Blog
9:46 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Providence Schools Encourage Discussion About Ferguson

Providence school officials say they provided extra counseling Tuesday, the day after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

District leaders said the decision was likely to bring up a range of emotions for both students and teachers. Urging respect, they said they encouraged schools and teachers to engage students in thoughtful discussions.

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RI News
8:54 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hundreds Of Protesters March Through Providence, Spill Onto Highway

Hundreds of protesters spill into the streets of Providence, spurred by anger over racially charged incidents in Ferguson, Missouri.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

What started as a peaceful protest in Providence ended with more than 100 people blocking traffic along Interstate 95.  The demonstrators were protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer responsible for the shooting death of an African American 18 year-old Mike Brown in Ferguson Missouri.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 5: The Uncomfortable Math Of Hep C Treatment

What’s the price of a human life? Many of us would say each life is priceless. But health economists sometimes have a number in mind.

Want to know what that number is?

In this part of our series “At the Crossroads: The Rise of Hepatitis C and The Fight To Stop It,” we'll tell you that - and more. We go beyond the high price of new hepatitis C drugs  to ask: how much is too much? And what the heck is a "quality adjusted life year" anyway?

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