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11:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

SEC Filing Suggests GateHouse Media May Cut Up to 40 at ProJo

A US Securities and Exchange Commission filing outlining GateHouse Media's purchase of the Providence Journal suggests GateHouse may cut up to 40 jobs once the deal for Rhode Island's statewide daily closes later this year.

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Environment
6:06 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rhode Island To Identify Offshore Sand Sources For Beach Replenishment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trucked in 90,000 cubic yards of upland sand sources, a relative small amount compared to future needs, to restore the beach from Superstorm Sandy damages.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

The U.S. Bureau of Energy Management has awarded Rhode Island $200,000 to identify offshore sand and gravel resources for replenishing beaches. This is part of a federal effort to help coastal communities recover from Superstorm Sandy and prepare for future major storms.

State officials expect future major storms to damage our beaches more than Superstorm Sandy did. That means Rhode Island’s sand needs will continue to grow as we experience more extreme weather events, said Grover Fugate, executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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Environment
5:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

RWU Kicks Off Summer Course For Aspiring Oyster Farmers

Oyster lovers who own waterfront property may now learn how to grow and harvest their oysters through a summer course at Roger Williams University. Registration for the class kicked off this week.

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The Pulse
4:37 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Recognizing That Caregivers Need Care, Too

There's an informal but vital network of health care providers, toiling away in neighborhoods and towns everywhere. They may not be doctors or nurses, or CNAs, or techs, but they care for elderly parents and spouses with dementia, children with disabilities, and relatives with injuries. They're family caregivers, and sometimes they need a break.

Here's some help, or at least some promising news, for them.

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Health Care
3:20 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

HealthSource RI Offers New Plans For Small Businesses

Many small businesses will be renewing health insurance coverage for their employees beginning in September. And HealthSource RI head Christine Ferguson says she hopes small business owners will consider plans on the state’s health insurance exchange. They’ll find some new options this time around, she says.

“We are in the finalization of the plan design. And we have plans that cost less than they cost last year," said Ferguson. "And we have a wider range of options. We have more carriers in the market for individuals as well as on the employer side.”

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Local Features
6:07 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: The Most Important Thing

Family.  Nearly all of us know how much complexity is packed into that very simple word.  For some, family is the center of our universe, the source of succor and sustenance.  As George Bernard Shaw said, "A happy family is but an earlier heaven."  But for others, family is fraught with angst and sometimes worse.  And perhaps more typically, for many family is a very complicated stew of joy and sorrow, as we hear from Kelly Kitel.
 

Kelly Kittel describes herself as a fish biologist by trade but a writer at heart. She lives on Aquidneck Island with her husband and three of their five living children, but, she says, her favorite writing space is in their family yurts on the coast of Oregon. Kittel recently published her first book, Breathe.

Environment
4:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hearing Examines Threats Posed By Climate Change

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discussing climate change on the Senate floor.
Credit RIPR FILE

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this afternoon to examine climate change threats. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse chaired the hearing.

The hearing highlights the harm climate change imposes on the economy, people’s health, and natural resources. Whitehouse invited an economist, a businessman, and a Florida official among others to speak.

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Economy
4:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Tax Credit Program Aimed At Encouraging First Time Home Buyers

Rhode Island Housing Director Richard Godfreys at the event launching the program offering tax credits to first time home buyers.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

A new program is launching to make it easier for first time homebuyers in the Ocean state. The program offers up to two-thousand dollars a year in tax credits for the life of a mortgage to eligible individuals.

The program is run through a partnership between the non-profit Rhode Island Housing, and various mortgage lenders. So far 41 people have applied for the program.  Governor Lincoln Chafee says it will help Rhode Island on the road to economic recovery.

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Environment
1:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily

Watershed Counts' 2014 reports say the health of Narragansett Bay may be improving.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

"Watershed Counts," a collection of information that focuses on the water quality of the state's beaches, reports that the health of Narragansett Bay is improving. However, the report also monitors the effects of global warming and pollution on the bay and has found that beaches are still being closed due to higher than average bacterial levels in the water. 

Nicole Rohr of the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute worked on the report. She says climate change is causing more unpredictable storms, which has led to more polluted runoff into the bay. 

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Health Care
10:59 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Dense Breast Notification Law Signed

Mammogram shows dense breast tissue on the left, a breast with mostly fatty tissue on the right.
Credit Mayo Clinic

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that requires health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue. The law is aimed at helping detect cancers a mammogram might miss.

Dense breast tissue is pretty common, especially in younger women. The issue is that dense tissue can make it more difficult for a mammogram to “see” cancerous growths. You may not be able to tell whether your breasts are made up of more dense tissue, but a radiologist can see it on a mammogram.

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