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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.
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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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The Education Blog
9:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Raimondo Kicks Off Search For Education Commissioner

Credit Catherine Welch

Governor Gina Raimondo began a series of what her office is calling "listening sessions" as part of the search for a new state commissioner of education.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison reports the governor convened a group of teachers, principals, charter school leaders and district leaders for an invitiation-only event.

About 20 people gathered around tables in a Providence elementary school classroom to give feedback on the search for a new education commissioner.

The event was by invitation only, with guests hand-picked by the governor’s office.

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Environment
7:59 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Rhode Island Continues To Make Gains In Osprey Population

Ed Hughes Courtesy of Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Bald eagles aren’t the only bird of prey thriving in Rhode Island. Ospreys are also making a comeback.

The population of ospreys substantially declined from the use of the pesticide DDT after World War II. Rhode Island initiated an osprey monitoring program in 1977 to document the fish-eating raptor’s recovery and breeding success.

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RI News
4:24 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

State Department Of Health Director Michael Fine Resigns

State Department of Health chief Doctor Michael Fine is stepping down. Governor Gina Raimondo announced the state's top public health official's resignation Wednesday. Fine led the department through several crises during his tenure.

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Providence
2:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Initial Details Of New Providence International Arts Festival Revealed

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence will play host to concerts, art installations and other public events during the Providence International Arts Festival this June.
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New details are emerging about a major arts festival scheduled in Providence this summer. The event is part of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s plan to develop the city into an artistic tourist destination. 

  

                

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