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Health Care
9:19 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Rhode Island Waiting To Find Out If Enterovirus D68 Is In The State

Rhode Island health officials are waiting to find out if enterovirus D68 has hit the Ocean State. The virus has been confirmed in 18 states so far, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Health officials in Connecticut confirmed the first case there earlier this week.

That’s the closest state to Rhode Island to have any confirmed cases of the virus, though the Rhode Island Department of Health says it’s seen increases in respiratory problems in emergency rooms across the state.

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Higher Education
9:03 am
Fri September 19, 2014

CCRI President Up for Post in Louisiana

Community College of Rhode Island President Ray DiPasquale has been named as a finalist in Louisiana's search for a new commissioner of higher education.

DiPasquale served as Rhode Island's interim commissioner of higher education for several years. He remained as president of CCRI during that time and was offered the extra job as part of a bid to keep him from leaving.

The other named finalists for the position in Louisiana are Robin Capehart, president of West Liberty University in West Virginia and Joseph Rallo, a vice chancellor from Texas Tech University.

Environment
7:52 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Volunteers To Pick Up, Record Trash At Beach Cleanup

Volunteers will comb the shores of Misquamicut Beach for trash, cataloging all of the debris they find.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

About 2,000 volunteers will dedicate their entire morning tomorrow cleaning up beaches around the state as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which draws about 65,000 volunteers worldwide.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Fung on Taxes, His Internal Poll, Right to Work & More

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign, whether his tax plan adds up, whether it was a mistake to support making Rhode Island a right to work state, and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Political Roundtable: Fung on Running for Governor & Providence's Mayoral Race

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his win over Ken Block last week; his general election race against Gina Raimondo; Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey's place on the ballot; and the race for mayor of Providence.

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On Politics
3:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mack Woodward retiring from RI Historical Preservation Commission

After nearly four decades as a member of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, William McKenzie Woodward is retiring from his post as the commission’s principal  architectural historian.

Universally known as ``Mack,’’ Woodward has been a linchpin in the state’s and Providence’s efforts to preserve historic structures.  He has used lectures, tours and such publications as his `Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources’ and the Providence Preservation Society’s guide to the city’s historic architecture.  

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Rhody Votes 2014
6:15 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Board Of Elections: Bob Healey Can Be Moderate Party’s Candidate For Governor

Bob Healey defends his right to run for governor as the Moderate party's candidate in front of the Board of Elections.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The State Board of Elections has cleared the way for Bob Healey to be the Moderate Party’s candidate for governor. The state’s Republican Party challenged the Moderate Party’s move to put Healey on the ballot once James Spooner pulled out for health reasons.

Three questions needed to be answered: Did Spooner properly drop out of the governor’s race, was the Moderate Party authorized to tap Healey to replace Spooner, and was Healey eligible to run for governor. The Board of Elections answered all three questions with a yes.  

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Elorza and Cianci Trade Jabs During Providence Debate

Cianci, Elorza, and Harrop during the debate at Laurelmead.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With just under seven weeks to go until Election Day, the three men vying to be the next mayor of Providence took part in a sharp debate Wednesday. Independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop offered very different messages during the exchange.

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The Pulse
4:12 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Thoughts On A New Bill To Expand Addiction Treatment

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), has introduced legislation that's designed to provide some incentives and resources for states to develop more addiction treatment and prevention programs. It's called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014, and here are a few of its provisions, according to a news release from the Senator's office:

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On Politics
2:36 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Reed, Whitehouse, Cicilline & Langevin Staging Fundraiser for Elorza

Cianci (left) and Elorza during the debate at Laurelmead.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a sign of how Rhode Island's Democratic establishment is closing ranks around Jorge Elorza as he competes with Buddy Cianci to be the next mayor of Providence, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin are hosting an October 2 fundraiser for Elorza at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street.

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