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4:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Pension Fallout a Wild Card in Raimondo's Run for Governor

Raimondo walking in Woonsocket's AutumnFest parade with daughter Ceci.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gina Raimondo has enjoyed a meteoric rise since winning office as Rhode Island’s general treasurer in 2010, and she could make history November 4 as the state’s first woman governor. Raimondo has received national media attention for spearheading the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. Yet pension cuts have left some of the public employees who form a key part of the Democratic coalition angry at Raimondo.

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On Politics
1:42 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

R.I. Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange slated for Nov. 28

The Indian Summer season dwindles, the afternoon light fades into darkness and a coating of frost covers the morning pumpkins. The evening chills sends us back into the closets for the heavier coats will will soon be wearing.

The coming of a New England winter reminds once again that poor Rhode Islanders face a tougher time that the better-off. So once again it is time for us to search those closets for old winter coats to donate to the annual Rhode Island Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange.

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On Politics
5:46 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

TGIF: 11 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. We're getting down to the wire, with just more than 2 weeks until Rhode Island's Election Day 2014. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and I welcome you to follow me on the twitters. (TGIF items are briefer than usual this week due to some time-consuming projects; cry me a river, right?)

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Arts & Culture
5:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Regina Carter Brings Her Jazz Violin Style To Rhode Island Schools

Regina Carter plays for students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the performing arts in Pawtucket.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Award winning musician Regina Carter is a genre bending violinist. Though classically trained, she’s made a career recording jazz, folk and fiddle styles. She’s performed around the world, but this week Carter was in Rhode Island spending time with local music students, before her concert tonight in Providence. This was one stop she made in a series of events by FirstWorks, including a concert Saturday night at RISD.

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On Politics
4:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Fund for Community Progress to honor former ProJo columnist Bob Kerr Oct. 24th

The Fund for Community Progress is hosting a `Toast’ to former Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr for his 43 years of outstanding journalism and service to the southeastern New England community.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Pearl Restaurant and Lounge at 393 Charles Street in Providence. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and has a suggested donation of $25 to the Fund for Community Progress.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Fung, Raimondo should answer these questions honestly before they get your vote

The major candidates for Rhode Island governor have spent much of their campaigns focused on the economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what they aren’t telling voters.

All of the Rhode Island political campaigns this year are talking about our state’s sluggish economy. In the governor’s contest between Republican Allan Fung, the Cranston mayor, and Democrat Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer, jobs and the economy often seem to be the only topic.

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Health Care
11:45 am
Fri October 17, 2014

RI Nurses On Ebola: We're Not Ready Yet; Hospitals Respond

Rhode Island State Nurses Association head Donna Policastro said a national nursing organization is encouraging nurses to refuse to care for patients showing signs of Ebola – if they don’t feel their hospitals are adequately prepared. Policastro said this puts nurses in a difficult position.

“Through our code of ethics we take care of everyone," said Policastro. "But nurses need to feel protected. And those two nurses in Dallas serve as symbols of the fact that Dallas Presbyterian wasn’t ready. And they said they were ready.”

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Education
9:20 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: What Parents Want From The Next Governor

Members of the Warwick's Cedar Hill Elementary School parent teacher organization; Deirdre Weedon, Cathy Costantino, Jennifer Mann, Cheryl Maynard.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Warwick is a key city in Rhode Island’s race for governor, and with 12 percent of voters still undecided Democrat Gina Raimondo has a slight lead over Republican Allan Fung. 

As part of our Rhody Votes 14 election coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with a group of parents from Warwick’s Cedar Hill Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization to find out what they think of the candidates. She started out by asking what they see as the most important issue in the governor’s race.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Almonte on the Pension Case, His Experience, Payday Lending & More

Independent state treasurer candidate Ernest Almonte joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign, the state's issues with funding long-term obligations, whether to pay back 38 Studios' investors, and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Political Roundtable: Almonte on His Campaign, Pensions & The Race for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Independent candidate for treasurer Ernest Almonte joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; the latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll; how state and federal officials are faring in responding to Ebola; and the end of the road for The Providence Phoenix.

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