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10:10 am
Wed April 1, 2015

New Program At Rhode Island Hospital Trains Docs To Deal With Addiction Epidemic

Doctors who want more experience treating addiction can apply for a new training program at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital has just won accreditation from the American Board of Addiction Medicine for a new fellowship – one of just 27 addiction medicine fellowships in the country.

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RI News
9:28 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Brown University Student Dead In Apparent Suicide

A Brown physics PhD candidate died after an apparent suicide Tuesday.
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A Brown University graduate student is dead after an apparent suicide.

South Korean Hyoun Ju Sohn was a first year doctoral student in the Brown Physics Program.  Sohn fell or leapt from the university’s science library Tuesday.  The multi-story building sits in the heart of the school’s Providence campus. Police responded to the scene a little after noon. 

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RI News
9:08 am
Wed April 1, 2015

RI Supreme Court To Ride The Circuit To Rhode Island College

The RI Supreme Court will hear cases at Rhode Island College Tuesday.
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The Rhode Island Supreme Court is heading out of the courthouse Thursday, to hear cases at Rhode Island College. 

Court spokesman Craig Berke said the event will feature cases that may spark the interest of college students. That includes an appeal of a criminal conviction for sexual assault. Burke said it will be an educational opportunity, especially for Pre-Law and political science students.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed April 1, 2015

RI's Religious Freedom Law Draws Little Criticism Despite Similarities To Indiana

RI law protects both religious freedoms, and the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender citizens.
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Rhode Island has a religious freedom law that bears some similarity to an Indiana proposal, that is now raising controversy around the country. Rhode Island’s law drew little criticism when it passed more than 20 years ago.

Rhode Island ACLU director Steve Brown said Rhode Island’s religious freedom law was passed with broad support in the early 1990s. Brown said the law was a response to a US Supreme Court decision denying the right of Native Americans to use peyote in religious ceremonies.

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Science
5:30 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Atlantic Ocean Currents Slowing Down Due To Climate Change

Misquamicut Beach in Westerly
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The average global temperature has gone up over the last century due to the phenomenon known as global warming. But one region in the north Atlantic has seen the opposite trend. A Roger Williams University researcher explains this anomaly in a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change.

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Local Features
8:03 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Still Winter

Nature can teach us so much about our world, about its glory and its anguish.  In nature we find so many lessons about hardiness, resilience, triumph and, yes, destruction and death.  The British poet William Wordsworth captured this sentiment in one line of his profound 18th-century poem entitled The Tables Turned: “Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.”  And that’s what we hear from Meghan Elizabeth Kallman.
 

Meghan Elizabeth Kallman is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Brown University. She is a musician, a climate activist, co-founder of the Prison Op/Ed Project, and teaches at the Rhode Island state prison.

The Pulse
5:04 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Debating The Data On Medicaid Spending

Is Rhode Island spending more than other states caring for the elderly? Or not enough?

That's a question that's come up for debate at the recent "Reinventing Medicaid" town hall meetings around the state, and in statements from groups with a stake in the outcome of Gov. Gina Raimondo's plans to trim nearly $180 million dollars in state (and federal) Medicaid spending.

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Transportation
8:37 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gas Prices Sink Slightly In RI, Unchanged In MA

Prices at the pump are below the national average in both RI and MA.
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As the weather warms up, gas prices are down in the state.  A gallon of regular unleaded is down four cents from last week.

That puts the price at $2.36 per gallon.  The current price is six cents lower than the national average.  A year ago the price for the same gallon of regular unleaded was $1.23 cents higher. 

To the north, gas prices in Massachusetts remain unchanged from last week. Regular unleaded will set you back $2.32 cents per gallon in the Bay State.  That’s ten cents less than the national average.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Hearings On Gov. Raimondo's Proposed Budget Set To Begin

Hearings on the proposed state budget are set to begin Tuesday at the Statehouse.
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Legislative finance committees are set to start holding hearings Tuesday on details of Governor Gina Raimondo’s first budget. The governor’s spending plan has attracted both praise and criticism.

The House and Senate finance committees stage weeks of hearings to review different aspects of the annual budget. Supporters and opponents of different programs turn out to testify, in an attempt to sway lawmakers.

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RI News
3:44 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Court Halts Effort To Void Licenses For Bar Implicated In Corruption Scandal

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city is asking the judge to lift a stay on efforts to void licenses for the Shark Bar and Grille.
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A legal maneuver has blocked, at least temporarily, the City of Providence’s attempt to wipe out business permits for the Shark Bar and Grille.

The city targeted the Thayer Street establishment because of bribes paid to former House Speaker Gordon Fox.

The Superior Court has appointed a receiver for the bar, following a request from the bar’s owners.

The move means the judge is in control of the bar for now, and the city License Board can’t go after the permits. 

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