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1:26 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Heenan Moving from Harvard to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Former Rhode Islander Christine Heenan is set to leave her post as Harvard University's vice president in February to become senior communications adviser with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Heenan started at Harvard in 2008, after establishing and helping run the Clarendon Group communications and government relations firm in Providence. She also worked on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign in Rhode Island, and as director of community and government relations at Brown University, and as a senior policy analyst on President Clinton's domestic policy staff.

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Health Care
10:44 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Health Officials Report First Death With Possible Link To EV-D68

Rhode Island Dept. of Health director Dr. Michael Fine speaks to reporters Wednesday morning about the child's death.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A child from Rhode Island has died from a combination of infections, including enterovirus D68, or EV-D68. It’s one of the first known deaths with some kind of link to EV-D68. What role the respiratory virus played in the child’s death is still unclear.

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:44 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Candidates For Providence Mayor Trade Barbs In First Televised Debate

Providence mayoral candidates independent Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With five weeks until Election Day, the three candidates running to be the next mayor of Providence squared off during a televised debate last Tuesday.  Front runners Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza emphasized their competing messages.

Republican candidate Daniel Harrop provided the best laugh line during the one-hour skirmish at Rhode Island College when he was asked whether he’ll still be in the race on November 4th.

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Higher Education
9:19 am
Wed October 1, 2014

NE Tech to Begin $120 Million Expansion

The New England Institute of Technology says it is ready to begin an expansion long in the works for its East Greenwich campus. The project will include the technical college’s first residential dorm, a fitness facility and new classroom and dining space.

“This is an exciting day for New England Tech,” President Richard Gouse said in a statement announcing the project. “This expansion will allow us to offer on-campus housing for the first time in our college’s 75 year history.”

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Local Features
8:23 am
Wed October 1, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Nature’s Lessons

Nature’s lessons.  Often they teach us as much about the meaning of life as they do about the mysteries of plants and animals, flowers and fruit.  Albert Einstein said it so well: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” And we hear similar sentiments from Myra Ellen Edelstein.

Myra Ellen Edelstein is an Associate Professor of Business Studies and Economics at Salve Regina University in Newport, where she teaches Creative Problem Solving and Quality Management, certainly, she says, as a direct result of her parents’ influence.

Rhody Votes 2014
4:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Rhody Votes ’14: Attorney General Candidate Dawson Hodgson

Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgeson is running for Rhode Island's Attorney General.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson is challenging incumbent Attorney general Peter Kilmartin. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ’14, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch  sat down with Hodgson to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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The Pulse
4:00 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Coming Soon: Open Enrollment For Medicare Advantage, HealthSource RI

October 15 marks the start of open enrollment for anyone who wants to switch Medicare Advantage plans or join Medicare Part D, the prescription drug plan.

November 15 is when open enrollment begins for HealthSource RI, the second time around for Rhode Island's online health insurance marketplace for individuals, families, and small businesses.

Here's what we know so far about the options.

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Business
2:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Central Falls Looking For New Business As Sylvania Closes Its Plant

The Department of Labor and Training has stepped in to help the more than 70 workers laid off from the Osram Sylvania plant in Central Falls. The plant shut its doors last Friday.

Those former plant workers are now receiving benefits from a federal program that provides career counseling and helps them pay for amongst other things the commute to job training or to relocate. DLT spokesman Mike Healey said this federal program is more generous because it targets factory workers who tend to be older and have worked most of their lives in the plant.

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RI News
9:26 am
Tue September 30, 2014

RI DMV Accused Of Sharing Driver Information With Anti-Terrorism Agency

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is accusing the Department of Motor Vehicles of sharing personal information with a federal anti-terrorism database.

The ACLU says a document that appears to be leaked from the National Counter Terrorism Center shows Rhode Island is one of 15 states that shared driver’s license data with the organization.  In 2013 the center collected more than 2,400 facial images from driver’s licenses from across the country.

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Politics
9:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Group Joins Growing Support For Constitutional Convention

Just Reform Rhode Island, the newest group advocating for a constitutional convention gathers for it's inaugural press conference at the Statehouse Tuesday.
Credit RIPR FILE

A new group advocating for a Constitutional Convention holds its inaugural event Tuesday. They join a growing coalition supporting a convention, which voters must approve on November 4th.

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