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5:01 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Brown Launches New Environmental Institute Next Month

The Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT) will be the hub for Brown University's new Institute for the Study of Environment and Society.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Brown University wants to be at the forefront of solving big environmental challenges related to such issues as climate change, food production, and water distribution. So next month it’s launching a new institute designed to draw on research from across different disciplines. The goal is to better prepare future leaders to address those challenges.

The Institute for the Study of Environment and Society will draw on the expertise of many disciplines at Brown, said Amanda Lynch, professor of geological sciences and director of the new institute.  

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust.  For most of us this haunting word conjures up ghastly and painful images of concentration camp inmates, train cars filled with passengers bound for extermination, and tales of torture that defy comprehension.  The Holocaust gave new meaning to man’s capacity for cruelty.  And yet, somehow, the Holocaust has also managed to teach us so much about the possibility of stunning courage, resilience, and hope in the face of true horror.  And that’s what we hear from Rabbi Wayne Franklin.

Rabbi Wayne Franklin has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El  in Providence since 1981.  Since 1984 he has chaired the committee which organizes the Rhode Island Interfaith Commemoration of Holocaust and Heroes Remembrance Day. This year the event will be held on April 27th at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.  Jewish and Christian choirs, along with the Sophia Academy chorus and the Gay Men's Chorus of Rhode Island, will participate in the program, joining together to demonstrate the freedom and multi-cultural cooperation that we celebrate here in America, but which was forbidden in Nazi Germany.

The Pulse
3:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Medical Education Adapts To New Needs In RI

RIC nursing students participate in a simulation.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island College announced a new graduate certificate program in nursing care management today. In a statement, the college explained what nurse care managers do and why they decided to offer this program now:

"Nurse care managers provide patient assessment, treatment planning, health care facilitation and advocacy within all health care settings, including private practices and hospitals.

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On Politics
12:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung on Tuesday unveiled a $200 million tax-cutting proposal that he billed as a way to jump-start Rhode Island's economy.

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Boston Marathon
9:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Heather Abbott Reflects On The Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later

Heather Abbott at her Newport home.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott will be attending the race once again this year after spending the past year adjusting to life with a prosthetic leg.

Heather Abbott was waiting outside a restaurant near the Boston Marathon finish line when one of the bombs went off and shattered her lower left leg. She was given a prosthetic leg and has spent the past year adjusting to the changes in her life. Abbott said she has put a lot of effort into staying in touch with the other survivors and helping them with their recoveries.

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RI Higher Education
8:34 am
Tue April 15, 2014

University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police

The University of Rhode Island's sprawling North Kingston campus.
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The University of Rhode Island announced today it will arm its on-campus police force with guns.  It's the only public higher education institution in the state to do so.

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RI News
2:48 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Boston Marathon: RI Trooper Doesn’t Consider Himself A Hero

Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian is running this year's marathon after helping victims of last year's bombings.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian had just crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He was one of many who rushed into the chaos to help the injured. He talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch about that day and how it's changed him a year later.

Last year’s marathon was the 117th and 117 is Bastajian’s  badge number. It was a beautiful day, other state troopers were also running the marathon and he did it, he crossed the finish line. Minutes later, as he was on his way to the medical tent, the first bomb exploded.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says the state needs to streamline and modernize regulations to encourage entrepreneurs.

Speaking at Foolproof Brewing in Pawtucket, Raimondo cited the company as part of Rhode Island’s growing craft-brewing sector. But Raimondo says startups like Foolproof are succeeding in spite of excessive and antiquated regulations. She says entrepreneurs are sometimes left feeling like they’ve done something wrong after filling out government applications and permits.

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On Politics
1:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Taveras promotes Dormody, hires Hull

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.

Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28th.  The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.

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The Education Blog
11:15 am
Mon April 14, 2014

URI to Arm Campus Police

University of Rhode Island officials have announced they plan to arm campus police, despite vocal critics, who say the change will not make campus safer.

The university announced the decision after a year of public meetings and discussions with faculty, students and staff. In a statement, URI President David Dooley called the change critical.

"In order to provide the safest environment possible and to ensure a timely response to any threat to the safety of our campuses, our police officers must be equipped properly to function as first responders,” Dooley said.

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