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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.

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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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On Sports
10:27 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Projo Columnist Bill Reynolds, Cumberland Little Leaguers Headline Words Unlimited 2014 Honor Roll

  Words Unlimited, Rhode Island’s organization of sports writers, sportscasters and sports publicists, will honor 14 individuals and three teams for their 2014 accomplishments, or their careers, at its 69th Annual Sports Awards Banquet on Sunday at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick.

Bill Reynolds, a Providence Journal award-winning columnist since 1984 and author of 12 books, will be inducted into WU’s Hall of Fame. His Saturday column, For What It’s Worth, is must reading for Rhode Islanders.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

New Report: Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish Industry

Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Rhode Island is among 15 states whose shellfish industry is at long-term economic risk from the effects of ocean acidification. That’s according to new study funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Health Care
5:21 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Raimondo: Abuses At Slater Hospital Are "Unacceptable"

Elisabeth Harrison RIPR

State police and state and federal health officials are investigating the apparent abuse of three patients with profound disabilities at the state-run Eleanor Slater Hospital. Gov. Gina Raimondo said the alleged abuses are upsetting.

Raimondo said Maria Montanaro, the new director she appointed to state department of behavioral healthcare, is conducting a robust investigation.

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Education
4:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Brown To Host Conference For First-Gen Students

First-generation college students are gathering at Brown University this weekend.
Credit RIPR File

First-generation college students will gather at a conference this weekend at Brown University. This conference is the first of its kind, bringing administrators and students from all the Ivy League schools together.

First-generation college students come from families where neither of their parents attended four-year universities. Manuel Contreras is co-founder of the student group 1vyG, hosting the conference. He says first-generation students often struggle to adapt to their new academic environments. They are less likely to apply for internships or ask for help.

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Health Care
12:03 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Hasbro Offers Summer Camp For Kids With Asthma

Hasbro Children's Hospital hosts a camp in Exeter for kids with asthma.
Credit RIPR File

Hasbro Children’s Hospital is accepting applications for its summer camp for kids with asthma. Hiking, swimming, or canoeing at summer camp may be challenging for kids with asthma. But Hasbro’s camp makes it easier. That’s because doctors and nurses are on on-site to treat any respiratory issues that may arise.

Director Miosotis Alsina said the camp is an opportunity for kids to meet others with similar health issues. “They’re able to interact with other children in a group setting and learn from one another, also learn from a group of doctors," said Alsina.

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Weather
11:52 am
Thu February 26, 2015

February Snowfall Breaks Record In Providence

Snow drifts along Exchange Terrace in downtown Providence this February.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This February is officially the snowiest on record in Providence, according to the National Weather Service.  A light snowfall on Tuesday night pushed the monthly total to 31.6 inches, breaking the city record set in 1962. 

Meteorologist Alan Dunham says that’s even more than the famed February blizzard of '78. “1978 is in third place with a total of 28.6 inches, for the month of February," said Dunham.

And forecasters predict the new record could get just a bit higher before the month is out.  An inch or less of snow could fall this afternoon. 

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Arts & Culture
10:12 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Rhode Island Artscape: Composer Philip Glass Visits The Ocean State

Philip Glass plays with violinist Tim Fain during rehearsal at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

World renowned composer and performer Philip Glass is in Rhode Island.  He performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence Wednesday as part of a program put on by local arts non-profit First Works. He continues his visit Thursday, to work with students at the Jacqueline Walsh School for the performing arts in Pawtucket.  For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender examines the draw of Philip Glass’ music, and why it endures.

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