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The International Conference on Opioids is underway in Boston today. Rhode Islanders are well represented at the event dedicated to educating doctors about the dangers and benefits of these painkillers.

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The Westerly Town Council is considering buying a quarry that has been a source of complaints and lawsuits over the course of more than five years. As a first step, the Westerly Town Council votes Monday night on whether they will move forward hiring an appraiser to assess the quarry's property value. 

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Memorial Hospital is cutting back services and closing its maternity service. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Rhode Island’s health care system needs more consolidation.

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The Bottom Line: Jobs For Ex-Offenders

Jun 3, 2016

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

This week, Mark and Dave sit down with U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha to learn about his quest to find jobs for parolees.  

Neronha and other advocates believe good jobs are crucial for reducing recidivism and cutting costs in the criminal justice system. They recently organized a summit to introduce employers to the process for hiring ex-offenders, and hear from  a few companies who are already doing it. 

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Downtown Providence will be busy this weekend with a major music festival, RISD commencement and the Southern New England Heart Walk. Most of the streets in central downtown will be closed to cars and bus routes will change to accommodate all the activity.

Street closures begin with a few smaller roads on Friday, and by Saturday, most of central downtown will turn pedestrian. That includes several major arteries in and around Kennedy Plaza, the state's largest public transit hub.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority plans to re-locate all bus stops.

Congressman Jim Langevin joins RI Public Radio's Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a broad range of issues, including how Hillary Clinton is conducting her campaign; the Burrillville power plant; cyber-terrorism; and much more.

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State police will not pursue any criminal charges following their investigation into sexual abuse allegations at St. George’s School in Middletown. The state police, working in conjunction with the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, announced the end of their investigation on Thursday afternoon.

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Maria Montanaro, head of the state’s behavioral health agency, is stepping down at the end of this month. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced Montanaro’s resignation today; no reason was given.

Current Deputy Director Rebecca Boss has been tapped to serve as acting director of the department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals while the agency looks for new leadership.

Governor Gina Raimondo appointed Montanaro to lead the behavioral health agency 18 months ago.

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Dan Doyle, who faces a September trial on 18 counts related to the Institute for International Sport, held a news conference Thursday to say he's been unfairly maligned by the media and to assert that he'll be vindicated by his trial.

Doyle's lawyer, Chip Muller, began the discussion by recounting the work of the institute, which was founded in 1986 "to use sport and the arts as mediums to forge meaningful ties on a global scale and to address critical social issues."

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This weekend the city of Providence puts on its second International Arts Festival, PVD Fest. The festival turns downtown Providence into one giant block party, featuring dozens of bands, dance, art installations and more.

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Medical students have been learning anatomy – by dissecting cadavers – in much the same way for hundreds years. But the method is time consuming. 

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Christine Montross, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, is, in addition to that long title, an author. She wrote Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab (Penguin Books, 2007) as a way to understand her own experience as a medical student going through anatomy lab.

Governor Gina Raimondo remains non-committal on whether she will veto a bill requiring local approval for a controversial power plant in Burrillville.

Raimondo said changing the way projects are approved part way through the siting process could send an anti-business message.

She was referring to a bill, approved Tuesday by a House committee, requiring approval from Burrillville residents for a proposed power plant to move ahead in the town.

The Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI, was honored on Wednesday morning in a ceremony at The White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The museum's Executive Director, Loren Spears, said the institution was among 10 finalists for a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor a museum or library can receive for its service. The medal comes with a $5,000 grant.

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