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5:47 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Judge Upholds East Providence Ban On Cat, Dog Sales

It’s illegal for stores in the city of East Providence to sell cats and dogs. A federal district judge has upheld a city ordinance banning the sale of these pets.

Last year, East Providence passed an ordinance that bans the sale of dogs and cats. The owner of a local pet store took the city to court to fight the ordinance’s constitutionality.

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Health Care
4:25 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lifespan Debuts Single Electronic Health Records System

Rhode Island’s largest health care system, Lifespan, has just thrown the switch on a new electronic medical records system. Now there’s a single record for every one of the organization’s hundreds of thousands of patients. Dr. John Murphy, Executive Vice President of Physician Services at Lifespan, said that should help doctors better coordinate patient care and recommend only what’s needed.

“There will not be unnecessary testing," said Murphy, "because you can see what was done for every patient just by looking in their record.”

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Politics
1:07 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Advocates Call for More Openness in Magistrate-Selection Process

A good government group is supporting a bill that would bring more transparency to the process of selecting magistrates. Magistrates perform many of the same functions of judges, but they’re selected behind closed doors.

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Health Care
10:10 am
Wed April 1, 2015

New Program At Rhode Island Hospital Trains Docs To Deal With Addiction Epidemic

Doctors who want more experience treating addiction can apply for a new training program at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital has just won accreditation from the American Board of Addiction Medicine for a new fellowship – one of just 27 addiction medicine fellowships in the country.

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RI News
9:28 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Brown University Student Dead In Apparent Suicide

A Brown physics PhD candidate died after an apparent suicide Tuesday.
Credit RIPR FILE

A Brown University graduate student is dead after an apparent suicide.

South Korean Hyoun Ju Sohn was a first year doctoral student in the Brown Physics Program.  Sohn fell or leapt from the university’s science library Tuesday.  The multi-story building sits in the heart of the school’s Providence campus. Police responded to the scene a little after noon. 

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RI News
9:08 am
Wed April 1, 2015

RI Supreme Court To Ride The Circuit To Rhode Island College

The RI Supreme Court will hear cases at Rhode Island College Tuesday.
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The Rhode Island Supreme Court is heading out of the courthouse Thursday, to hear cases at Rhode Island College. 

Court spokesman Craig Berke said the event will feature cases that may spark the interest of college students. That includes an appeal of a criminal conviction for sexual assault. Burke said it will be an educational opportunity, especially for Pre-Law and political science students.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed April 1, 2015

RI's Religious Freedom Law Draws Little Criticism Despite Similarities To Indiana

RI law protects both religious freedoms, and the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender citizens.
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Rhode Island has a religious freedom law that bears some similarity to an Indiana proposal, that is now raising controversy around the country. Rhode Island’s law drew little criticism when it passed more than 20 years ago.

Rhode Island ACLU director Steve Brown said Rhode Island’s religious freedom law was passed with broad support in the early 1990s. Brown said the law was a response to a US Supreme Court decision denying the right of Native Americans to use peyote in religious ceremonies.

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Science
5:30 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Atlantic Ocean Currents Slowing Down Due To Climate Change

Misquamicut Beach in Westerly
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The average global temperature has gone up over the last century due to the phenomenon known as global warming. But one region in the north Atlantic has seen the opposite trend. A Roger Williams University researcher explains this anomaly in a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change.

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Local Features
8:03 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Still Winter

Nature can teach us so much about our world, about its glory and its anguish.  In nature we find so many lessons about hardiness, resilience, triumph and, yes, destruction and death.  The British poet William Wordsworth captured this sentiment in one line of his profound 18th-century poem entitled The Tables Turned: “Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.”  And that’s what we hear from Meghan Elizabeth Kallman.
 

Meghan Elizabeth Kallman is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Brown University. She is a musician, a climate activist, co-founder of the Prison Op/Ed Project, and teaches at the Rhode Island state prison.

The Pulse
5:04 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Debating The Data On Medicaid Spending (Updated)

Is Rhode Island spending more than other states caring for the elderly? Or not enough?

(See update, below, plus a reminder: the final Reinvent Medicaid public town hall meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6 pm at the East Bay Family Health Center in Newport.)

That's a question that's come up for debate at the recent "Reinventing Medicaid" town hall meetings around the state, and in statements from groups with a stake in the outcome of Gov. Gina Raimondo's plans to trim nearly $180 million dollars in state (and federal) Medicaid spending.

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