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On Politics
5:29 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

There are some glimmers of positive economic news as Rhode Island races toward the New Year. So thanks for stopping for my weekly column. Feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Bottom Line
5:01 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Raimondo’s Economic Summit Will Boost RI’s Economy

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 Cheryl Merchant, President and CEO of Hope Global in Cumberland. They discus Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s economic summit this week: the ideas and expectations from the business community.

When to Listen

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

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On Politics
3:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Time to Help The Homeless

Tis the season to be Jolly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that not everyone enjoiys the holidays.

For most Rhode Islanders, this is a sacred time of the year. As we gather together with friends, family and food, most of us will be giving thanks and turning our thoughts to those New Year’s resolutions.

Yet, before the first strain of Auld Lang Syne is sung on New Year’s Eve, we all need to take a  moment or two to remember that not all of us are surrounded by family, opening gifts, dipping into the eggnog and tossing another log on the fire.

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The Pulse
2:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

At The Crossroads: Despite More Cases, Funding For Hep C Pales Next To HIV

Graph from the Rhode Island Public Health Association brief "Hepatitis C: Threat and Opportunity."
Credit Rhode Island Public Health Association / Rhode Island Department of Health

A couple of years ago, I read an issue brief written by Brad Brockmann with the Rhode Island Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights. The brief, called "Hepatitis C: Threat and Opportunity," depicted the number of HIV cases against the number of Hepatitis C cases in Rhode Island in 2007 - 2008 in a bar graph. The bar for the number of hep C cases was much, much higher.

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RI News
9:37 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Parsing The Financial Woes Of Coventry's Fire Districts

Seal of the town of Coventry

ELISABETH:  For more than a year we’ve been hearing about the cash strapped Central Coventry Fire district.  The district has been in receivership for months and is currently on its way to bankruptcy.  Now a second fire district in the town is running in the red.  Not to mention recent media reports of a fire chief allegedly abusing the system on the taxpayers’ dime.  Here to help us sort through all of this is Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender.  So John what is happening in Coventry?

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Economy
9:29 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Rhode Island's Jobless Rate Declines For 16th Straight Month

Rhode Island's jobless numbers declined for the 16th month in a row.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s jobless rate edged down to 7.1 percent in November. It’s still above the national rate of 5.8 percent. The jobless rate has dropped two percentage points so far for the year.

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Education
9:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Roger Williams University Taking Over Former 38 Studios Building

The former headquarters of 38 Studios will soon be home to Roger Williams University's downtown Providence campus.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Roger Williams University is expanding its presence in Providence.  The school is moving into the former home of 38 Studios.

One Empire Plaza is best known as the headquarters for the now defunct videogame company 38 Studios. The building will house the Roger Williams; center for continuing studies, graduate programs, and the Latino Policy Insititute. President Donald Farish said the new location will better serve adult and non-traditional students.  “If we were doing things out of Bristol, we’d simply become inaccessible to huge portions of the state.”

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Morgan on Coventry, Speaker Mattiello, GOP Struggles & More

State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a series of issues, including Coventry fire district woes, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's performance, the struggles of the RI GOP; and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Political Roundtable: Morgan On Fire Districts, Energy Prices, And Raimondo's Moves on the Economy

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor-elect Gina Raimondo's early moves on the economy; concern about rising energy prices; and the questions highlighted by fire district problems in Coventry.

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Environment
3:19 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Navy Abandons Plans For Newport Wind Turbines; Opting For Solar Power

Rhode Island already has several wind turbines running, but a feasibility study found that they wouldn't work in Newport.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Navy is abandoning a plan to install wind turbines at Naval Station Newport.  Instead it is considering installing solar panels. 

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