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9:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Pell, Taveras, Raimondo spar at televised Democratic primary debate

With two weeks until election day, Democrats Clay Pell,  Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo stuck to familiar campaign themes and solidifying support in a spirited televised debate this evening that was long on rhetorical flourishes but short on major policy differences.

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Advanced Care Planning

Anticipating the end of life isn’t exactly at the top of the list of what most of us would choose to dwell on.  The reality, of course, is that all of us are headed there, yet there’s compelling evidence that relatively few of us truly clarify and document our wishes for end of life care, should the need arise.  Maybe it’s procrastination or maybe it’s plain old denial.  But as we hear from Melissa Miranda, what a gift it is to the ones we love when we’re able to say it like it is or, rather, how we want it to be.

Melissa Miranda lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with her four daughters, attended Roger Williams University, and works at Healthcentric Advisors in Providence, where she is a Senior Program Administrator. Melissa leads a Patient Safety project, supporting quality improvement efforts in the hospital and nursing home settings.

On Politics
1:17 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Solomon Fires Back At Elorza; Cites Poll In Calling Himself Toughest Rival for Cianci

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

City Council President Michael Solomon released findings from an internal poll Tuesday in arguing he's a stronger Democrat than Jorge Elorza in taking on independent candidate Buddy Cianci in the November election.

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Higher Education
9:38 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Brown Football Players

After an investigation, a grand jury has decided against indicting two Brown football players accused of sexual assault.

"There will be no charges stemming from the incident," according to a statement from the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.

The allegations were brought by a student at Providence College. She told police she started feeling groggy while hanging out with friends at a Providence bar. When she woke up, she said she found herself in a Brown dorm room, and there, she alleges, the football players sexually assaulted her.

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The Education Blog
9:17 am
Tue August 26, 2014

A Reversal on High Stakes Testing?

Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is recommending more delays for a policy linking standardized test scores to a high school diploma. Gist says she now believes the policy should remain on hold until 2020.

The comments may come as a surprise after Gist championed the test-linked diploma for months despite increasing pressure from some students and groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who said the policy was unfair to low-income students and students with disabilities.

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RI Higher Education
8:52 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Brown University Faces The Challenge Of Campus Sexual Assault

Brown University's Director of Health Promotion Frances Mantak.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A grand jury will not indict two Brown University football players who were accused of sexual assault by a student at Providence College. Universities around the country are facing controversy over how they handle sexual assault. Brown is one of more than 70 colleges under federal investigation.

Critics say colleges should do more to protect students and punish perpetrators of sexual assault. Brown officials have been reviewing their policy, and new students arriving on campus this week will receive more training on sexual assault.

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On Politics
2:21 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

With 15 Days to Go, Air War Intensifies Between Raimondo, Taveras & Pell

With just over two weeks until the September 9 primary, Democrat Gina Raimondo and her supporters used a flood-the-zone approach Monday in responding to rival Angel Taveras's charge that Raimondo "works for Wall Street." 

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On Politics
2:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Providence Capital Grille Moving

Capital Grille moving
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Capital Grille, the Providence restaurant known for its fine steaks and seafood, is moving from its original location in the historic Union Station building to a venue in the GTECH center that is now occupied by Ruth’s Chris restaurant.

The move will give the Capital Grille more space and allow it to expand its ability to hold more functions, such as business confabs and wedding receptions, says Chris Phillips, managing partner of the restaurant.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sec. Of State Mollis Unveils Voter Information Phone App

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis
Credit RIPR FILE / RI Secretary of State's Office

The office of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis has announced a new cell phone application for Rhode Island voters. The free app is called Rhode Island VIC, which stands for "Voter Information Center." It allows citizens to determine their voter status, district information, and closest polling place. Mollis said the app is user-friendly and should be accessible for voters of all ages.

"It's not age-specific. I think more and more people are using this, and we're here to help," said Mollis, "and hopefully this makes their voting experience that much easier."

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On Politics
3:23 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's been another wild week in Rhode Island politics and things will only get more intense on the way to the September 9th primary. So strap yourself in, send your tips and thoughts to me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and follow me on the twitters whenever you're lucid and awake. Here we go.

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