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The Bottom Line
4:48 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The Bottom Line: Keeping Black Friday Dollars In RI

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation visits the program to discuss the latest push to shop local, the foundation’s legislative priorities and his take on the CVS move to build a technology hub in Boston.

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

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Environment
2:53 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Coat Drive Protests Black Friday

The 18th annual “Buy Nothing Winter Coat Exchange” collected hundreds of coats across 11 different sites for people in need.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

While some people shopped early on Black Friday at the Providence Place Mall, others combed coat racks across the street on the Statehouse lawn. The 18th annual “Buy Nothing Winter Coat Exchange” collected hundreds of coats across 11 different sites for people in need.

It was a busy intersection on the Statehouse lawn, as people lined up with their cars to drop off bags of coats. Joyce Melton of Warwick was one of those coat donors.

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Education
8:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Providence Students Earn College Credit In New Biotechnology Program

Students at the Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence can earn college credit for a biotechnology course.  It’s part of a special partnership with the University of Rhode Island

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Christmas Trees Ready At Local Farms

A Christmas tree farm.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

With the holiday season underway, the Department of Environmental Management encourages residents to buy local Christmas trees. Twenty-five Christmas tree farms are open throughout the state.

Trees begin to dry up shortly after they’re cut, cautions Ken Ayars, the DEM’s chief of the agriculture division.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Data: Mental Health Professional Helps Police Handle Crisis Calls

The Warwick Police department will be embedding a mental health professional on its force. The idea is to replicate a program in Providence, and there’s new data about how that program is working.

The Warwick program will be similar to the one in Providence, where a mental health team member rides along with cops to reach out to people in crisis and make an evaluation on the scene when needed. The so-called “community diversion clinician” tries to help people avoid jail when mental health treatment could be the better option.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Thanksgiving Edition

This Thanksgiving, our political analyst Scott MacKay is thankful for Rhode Island politics; which he calls "the gift that keeps on giving."
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Reporters in the Ocean State often say Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving. This week, political analyst Scott MacKay and Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski join Weekend host Chuck Hinman to reflect upon this past year's news stories for which they're thankful.

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RI News
8:45 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Champion Card Players Arrive In Providence For Thanksgiving Showdown

Thousands of bridge players converge on the Convention Center for the North American championships
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of bridge players are skipping the turkey and shuffling their cards Thursday. More than 5,000 thousand bridge players are in Providence competing in the North American Bridge Championships.

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Environment
8:38 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Winter Farmers' Markets Abound With Local Products

Summer may be gone, but locally grown food still abounds with eight winter farmers’ markets open throughout the state. A year-round local food system continues to grow in the Ocean State, as more and more farmers use greenhouses and other tools to extend the growing seasons.

Farmers’ markets these days sell an array of local offerings, not just produce, said Ken Ayars, the Department of Environmental Management’s agriculture chief.

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Environment
8:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Some Thanksgiving Turkeys Help Drive The Local Economy

Some of the last of Baffoni Poultry Farms' turkeys. The farm sold some 1200 birds this Thanksgiving.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When you sit down at Thanksgiving table today, you might not give much thought to where the turkey comes from. But an interest in buying local is helping area farms.

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The Education Blog
3:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Artscape: Rock-a-Baby Brings Live Music To Infants And Toddlers

Singer Kate Jones shows children how to play a tone drum at a Rock-a-Baby class in Providence
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

It’s Thanksgiving, and for many families, that means time to jump in the car and visit with relatives. If your drive is a long one, you might put on some music to entertain the kids along the way. Almost all children naturally love music.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison visited a music class for tiny babies and toddlers, with a little something for adults too.

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