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7:29 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Johnson And Wales University Set To Go Tobacco-Free

Johnson and Wales Campus in Providence
Credit Erika Smith / flickr

Johnson and Wales University is set to become Rhode Island’s first tobacco-free college campus by July 2016. The university will be the 30th campus in New England to make the move, according to the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative.

  

Johnson and Wales already prohibits the sale and advertising of tobacco products on campus. Spokeswoman Lisa Pelosi said the university hopes to open conversation about the health risks of tobacco use. 

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

State, Union Lawyers Call for Judge to Approve RI Pension Settlement

State lawyer John Tarantino called the settlement best for everyone involved.
Credit Pool Photo/Kathy Borchers / The Providence Journal

A multi-day hearing to determine the fairness of the proposed state pension settlement started in Superior Court Wednesday. Fewer than 70 current state workers and retirees are expected to urge Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to reject the deal.

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On Politics
4:01 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Vermont Sen. Sanders to Formally Announce Presidential Campaign Next Week

Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning independent U.S. Senator, is launching his long shot Democratic nomination presidential campaign next Tuesday (May 26th)  with a rally along the Lake Champlain waterfront in his home city of Burlington, where his political career began in earnest with his 1981 upset election in the mayor’s race.

Sanders event will take place at 5 p.m. at Waterfront Park, with a rain venue of Memorial Auditorium a few blacks away on Main Street. Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be served.

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RI News
3:16 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Multi-Million Dollar Proposal For I-195 Land Could Bring Health And Science Sector Jobs

Map of parcels (in orange) available to develop along the former I-195 corridor.
Credit I-195 Redevelopment Commission

There’s a new proposal to develop part of the former I-195 land. The project could bring in long sought-after jobs in the science and health sectors.

The proposal comes from Connecticut real estate developer, CV Properties, and Baltimore-based Wexford Science and Technology. Wexford is a real-estate developer specializing in the health sciences.

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On Politics
3:07 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Providence Foundation Supports Downtown PawSox Stadium

Artist rendering of the proposed waterfront baseball stadium.

Citing economic benefits, the foundation’s Board of Trustees have voted to endorse the proposed relocation of the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new riverfront site in the 195 land in downtown Providence., according to executive director Dan Baudouin of the foundation.

The foundation, a business-backed non profit organization, stated in a news release that state and city officials should pursue a financial partnership that is "fair to all parties."

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