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9:36 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Rhode Island's Top Ten Stories Of 2014

It’s that time of the year when Rhode Island Public Radio counts down the top stories of the year. Each day we’ll update this page so you can follow along with our countdown. (Let us know what you think of how we ranked the top stories on Twitter, or shoot us an email!)

Number 10: Providence College Friars' Rise To Glory

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Transportation
9:20 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Traffic Changes Coming To Downtown Providence

Exchange Terrace, will now accommodate two-way traffic.
Credit RIPR FILE

Drivers in downtown Providence should take caution this week.  The city is two-way traffic on roads that used to be one-way. 

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The Education Blog
6:17 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Raimondo Mum On Gist Future

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo has no immediate plans to hire a new commissioner for K-12 education.

Current Commissioner Deborah Gist has been controversial because of her support for testing as a requirement for high school graduation and teacher evaluations.

Raimondo says she’s in no hurry to make a decision about Gist.

"She’s doing a great job," Raimondo said last week. "Her contract’s not up until the end of June, so there’s really no urgency to move on that one in particular."

On Politics
2:30 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Raimondo Naming Peter Gaynor as State EMA Director

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo on Saturday named Peter Gaynor, who is credited with professionalizing Providence's Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security, as state EMA director.

"For me, this is an opportunity to move from local to the state," Gaynor tells RIPR. "I've had a wonderful time in the city of Providence," working with the administrations of Angel Taveras and David Cicilline.

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On Politics
5:29 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

There are some glimmers of positive economic news as Rhode Island races toward the New Year. So thanks for stopping for my weekly column. Feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Bottom Line
5:01 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Raimondo’s Economic Summit Will Boost RI’s Economy

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 talk with Cheryl Merchant, President and CEO of Hope Global in Cumberland. They discus Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s economic summit this week: the ideas and expectations from the business community.

When to Listen

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

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On Politics
3:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Help The Homeless This Holiday Season

Take time to give back this holiday season.
Credit RIPR FILE

Tis the season to be Jolly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that not everyone enjoys the holidays.

For most Rhode Islanders, this is a sacred time of the year. As we gather together with friends, family and food, most of us will be giving thanks and turning our thoughts to those New Year’s resolutions.

Yet, before the first strain of Auld Lang Syne is sung on New Year’s Eve, we all need to take a  moment or two to remember that not all of us are surrounded by family, opening gifts, dipping into the eggnog and tossing another log on the fire.

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The Pulse
2:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

At The Crossroads: Despite More Cases, Funding For Hep C Pales Next To HIV

Graph from the Rhode Island Public Health Association brief "Hepatitis C: Threat and Opportunity."
Credit Rhode Island Public Health Association / Rhode Island Department of Health

A couple of years ago, I read an issue brief written by Brad Brockmann with the Rhode Island Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights. The brief, called "Hepatitis C: Threat and Opportunity," depicted the number of HIV cases against the number of Hepatitis C cases in Rhode Island in 2007 - 2008 in a bar graph. The bar for the number of hep C cases was much, much higher.

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RI News
9:37 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Parsing The Financial Woes Of Coventry's Fire Districts

Seal of the town of Coventry

ELISABETH:  For more than a year we’ve been hearing about the cash strapped Central Coventry Fire district.  The district has been in receivership for months and is currently on its way to bankruptcy.  Now a second fire district in the town is running in the red.  Not to mention recent media reports of a fire chief allegedly abusing the system on the taxpayers’ dime.  Here to help us sort through all of this is Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender.  So John what is happening in Coventry?

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Economy
9:29 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Rhode Island's Jobless Rate Declines For 16th Straight Month

Rhode Island's jobless numbers declined for the 16th month in a row.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s jobless rate edged down to 7.1 percent in November. It’s still above the national rate of 5.8 percent. The jobless rate has dropped two percentage points so far for the year.

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