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5:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Still Independent South County Hospital Wants A Partner

There’s only one independent hospital left in Rhode Island. But South County Hospital is ramping up efforts to find a partner.

South County Hospital in Wakefield has been looking for a partner to help boost its prospects. At one time the 100-bed facility was reportedly exploring a relationship with an out-of-state health system. But South County CFO Tom Breen says he’d like to find a local partner.

“We are still looking," said Breen. "Again we certainly feel there are great systems in Rhode Island. How we work with them has yet to be determined.”

Scott MacKay Commentary
4:15 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Next Move for PawSox Providence Stadium?

Artist rendering of the proposed stadium

One of the principals of the new Pawtucket Red Sox ownership has died abruptly and was laid to rest over the weekend.. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay assays the future of the Providence stadium plan.

Jim Skeffington cut quite a figure in Rhode Island. The Providence native scaled the heights of the legal profession in his hometown and was the go-to-guy for political and business deals. His bespoke bankers’ pinstripes and Ferragamo ties masked a sharp understanding, from the bottom up, of Rhode Island’s florid political and business cultures.

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Business
4:00 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The Bottom Line: Will A $3M Renovation Attract A New Crowd To The Tennis Hall Of Fame?

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

This week Mark and Dave speak to Douglas Stark, the director of the International Tennis Hall of Fame museum. The museum just reopened following a $3 million renovation. Stark discusses the genesis of the renovation plan.  He also discusses the inclusion of high-tech exhibits, which he hopes attracts younger audiences.

When to listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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On Politics
3:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

TGIF: 9 Questions About Rhode Island's 2015 Summer & Some Bonus Items

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Mea Culpa: Please see Number 1A (below). We're breaking from TGIF's usual format this week to look at key questions facing Rhode Island at the traditional start to summer. While the season of beaches and barbecues is generally a more relaxed time, a lot of significant outcomes hang in the balance. So thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share your thoughts and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Environment
11:51 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Beach Cleanup Collects 16K Pounds Of Trash From Rhode Island Shores

Some 16,000 pounds of trash were collected along the Rhode Island shoreline.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy mobilizes an international beach cleanup each year. The results from the most recent cleanup are in. 

In Rhode Island, volunteers collected more than 16,000 pounds of trash along 59 miles of the state’s shoreline last September. Save the Bay’s July Lewis says the number one item is always cigarette butts.

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