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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark are joined by Dr. Peter Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Lifespan. The three discuss the proposed New England Medical Innovation Center on the former I95 land. 

 

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m. on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark are joined by Dr. Peter Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Lifespan. The three discuss the proposed New England Medical Innovation Center on the former I95 land. 

 

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m. on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.

The Bottom Line: The State Of Rhode Island's Small Business Community

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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark are joined by Jessica David Senior Vice President of Strategy and Community Investments at the Rhode Island Foundation. The report finds many of those businesses find it difficult to connect with resources they need, including venture capital.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m. on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.    

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Organizers of a memorial park commemorating the Station Nightclub fire have set an official opening date: Sunday, May 21st. The February 2003 blaze in West Warwick took the lives of 100 people, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history.

Fire survivor Gina Russo has been spearheading the project. She says there’s still work left to do at the site before the spring opening.

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The city of Providence hopes to buy up more than 300 abandoned properties scattered across the city. The city wants to take control of the properties, in order to quickly get them into the hands of real-estate developers and back on the market. This is the latest program in a years-long effort to tackle the issue in the city.

This newest initiative identifies approximately 350 properties the city hopes to buy up across various neighborhoods, using a variety of tools including eminent domain. Bob Azar, of the city’s Planning Department, said that number could change.

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Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steve Pare doesn’t want city police used as deputy immigration  agents. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says Pare’s stance makes sense.

President Donald Trump is proposing to radically change federal and state policies on immigration. In essence he is shifting policy from finding a path to citizenship for law-abiding illegal immigrants to an emphasis on deportation.

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Sen. Jack Reed denounced the Trump administration's repeal of Obama era protections of transgender students and their bathroom use, yesterday.

Rhode Island Done With Winter? Not Quite

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The Ocean State had a week of unseasonably warm weather. T.F. Green Airport reported a record high of 65 degrees Thursday, beating the 1990 record of 60 degrees.

US Attorney Peter Neronha stopped by our studio Thursday to talk about 38 Studios, immigration, targeting violent crime, and more.

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The National Education Association of Rhode Island  is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s repeal of federal guidelines on school bathroom use for transgender students. The organization says it will stand behind transgender students’ choices.

NEARI president Larry Purtill says it’s important to remember that Trumps’ action does not undo legal protections for transgender students. And it may not have an immediate impact in Rhode Island.

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The Rhode Island Department of Health reported drug-related deaths are on the rise in the Ocean State, Wednesday. The data released said there were over 326 drug overdose deaths last year compared to the 290 that occurred in 2015. Drug-related deaths have risen 30 percent since 2011.

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For this month’s Artscape, we preview the first show of the season, at the Theater Department of Brown University.

It’s a musical. Not just any musical, but one conceived, with music and lyrics, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man behind the theater phenomenon of Hamilton. It’s called In The Heights, and is a success in its own right, winner of four Tony Awards in 2008.


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Inside a cavernous glass-and-steel chamber that overlooks Portland's busy waterfront, dozens of immigrants are about to become U.S. citizens.

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What’s broken about Rhode Island’s mental health system and what would it take to fix the problems? 

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Providence police aren’t likely to expand their role in helping federal immigration officials. This comes as Homeland Security officials seek to employ local police departments in the ramped-up deportation of undocumented immigrants.

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