News http://ripr.org en Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily http://ripr.org/post/cleanliness-narragansett-bay-improving-steadily <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Watershed Counts," a collection of information that focuses on the water quality of the state's beaches, reports that the health of </span>Narragansett<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:05:56 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 37446 at http://ripr.org Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily Chafee To Sign Dense Breast Notification Law http://ripr.org/post/chafee-sign-dense-breast-notification-law <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee will sign legislation today in a ceremony at the Statehouse 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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:59:04 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37442 at http://ripr.org Chafee To Sign Dense Breast Notification Law Gas Prices Down Four Cents In RI And MA http://ripr.org/post/gas-prices-down-four-cents-ri-and-ma <p>Good news for drivers in Rhode Island. Gas prices went down four cents in the last week.&nbsp; The state average for a gallon of regular unleaded now costs $3.64.</p><p></p><p>That’s according to the latest survey from AAA of Southern New England.</p><p>Despite the drop Rhode Island drivers are still paying more than the national average, which is twelve cents cheaper at $3.52.&nbsp; The current Rhode Island price is still cheaper than the price last year which was sixteen cents more.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:29:46 +0000 John Bender 37438 at http://ripr.org Gas Prices Down Four Cents In RI And MA On World Hepatitis Day, An Invitation http://ripr.org/post/world-hepatitis-day-invitation <p><strong>Baby boomers </strong>are five times as likely to have chronic hepatitis C as any other age group. That's why the CDC launched a public health campaign to encourage boomers to get screened for the disease. And so, in honor of World Hepatitis Day, I invite---no, I encourage--boomers to get tested for hepatitis C. Why C and not the others? Because we've got effective vaccines for hepatitis A and B, but not for hepatitis C. So let's focus on that one. More information for boomers, below.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:55:04 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37393 at http://ripr.org Our Own Curriculum http://ripr.org/post/our-own-curriculum <p>This short radio piece gives you a peek into the lives of three people in their early twenties who graduated from college one year ago. I called these recent graduates, asking two questions: “Are you happy where you are career-wise” and “Do you think that you are on the right track”. The answers that I get back vary quite a bit.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:40:34 +0000 Charlie Weber 37391 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island StoryCorps: Harmon Chambers http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-storycorps-harmon-chambers <p></p><p>The oral history project StoryCorps partnered with the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless to record interviews with homeless and formerly homeless people in the state.&nbsp; Each storyteller was interviewed by someone they know: a friend, co-worker, counselor, or case manager.&nbsp; In this special series, we bring you some of their stories.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Mary Quintas 36893 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island StoryCorps: Harmon Chambers Joe Paolino vs. Edie Ajello? http://ripr.org/post/joe-paolino-vs-edie-ajello <p>State Rep. Edie Ajello, D-Providence, a veteran Democratic East Side lawmaker, says that former Democratic Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., was behind recruiting a candidate to run against her in the September 9 Democratic primary.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:53:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 37307 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-start-taking-gloves <p>The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.</p><p></p><p></p><p>As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:38:15 +0000 Scott MacKay 37289 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves Mother of Gordon Fox dies at 92 http://ripr.org/post/mother-gordon-fox-dies-92 <p>The mother of former House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, died this morning. Mary Fox, who lived with her son at his East Side home for many years, was 92.</p><p>A domestic worker, Mary Fox was known for her devotion to family and her good nature. She lived with her son until just a few weeks ago, when she went to a nursing home facility. Funeral service plans have not been completed, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:01:56 +0000 Scott MacKay 37286 at http://ripr.org 119 Central American Migrant Children Already Living In RI http://ripr.org/post/119-central-american-migrant-children-already-living-ri <p>The federal government has not asked Rhode Island to shelter some of the migrant children entering the country by the thousands from Central America.&nbsp; More than 100 are already living in the state.</p><p>There are currently 119 kids in Rhode Island.&nbsp; That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These children were not moved here by the federal government, but placed with sponsors, who are family or friends already living in the U.S. The placement has been happening since January. It’s unclear how long the children will be staying.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:53:37 +0000 John Bender 37280 at http://ripr.org