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The Pulse
2:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI

CMS-funded innovation projects are taking place throughout Rhode Island.
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have announced the second round of Health Care Innovation awards. These are big grants for projects that are trying to reduce the cost of health care and/or improve care delivery, often for some of the sickest or most complicated patients.

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Providence
9:42 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks

Smoking would be banned at Burnside Park in downtown Providence among others.
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Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks.  The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.

City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco.  Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.

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Economy
9:21 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive

Twin River in Lincoln, RI can now extend up $50,000 lines of credit, and start serving alcohol at 6AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Credit RIPR FILE

Governor Lincoln Chafee signed several bills designed to attract more gamblers to Twin River Casino.  The Lincoln casino is one of two in Rhode Island, and the only one with table games.

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Health Care
8:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

How Rhode Island Is Doing In The Fight Against Lead Paint Poisoning

Hasbro Children's Hospital took part in the study of lead paint removal in partnership with Brown University.
Credit RIPR FILE

The U.S. outlawed lead paint in 1978. Yet it still covers the walls of many older homes, particularly here in the northeast. When that paint chips or peels, it poses a serious danger especially to kids. But in 2005, Rhode Island passed a law requiring some landlords to clean up lead paint. And a group of researchers recently set out to find out if it’s working. Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatrician and Brown University school of public health associate professor doctor Patrick Vivier is one of those researchers.

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RI News
2:51 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Providence Police: Overnight Shooting Could Be Gang-Related

Providence police say they believe Tuesday night’s shooting was targeted. Five people were injured, one seriously during the overnight shooting.

Providence Police Major David Lapatin said it’s unclear exactly what happened, but there was a party and people hanging around outside in the Chad Brown neighborhood when shots were fired, possibly from a moving vehicle.

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The Education Blog
9:24 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Taveras Calls Teacher Firings a "Mistake"

Speaking Tuesday night at a special edition of RIPR's Political Roundtable, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said he made "a very public mistake" when he fired every Providence public school teacher early on in his tenure as mayor.

At the time, Taveras said the firings would give the city flexibility in the midst of a financial crisis.

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Rhody Votes 14
8:25 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate

The Democratic candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions. 

You can hear the program in its three segments here:

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Time Alone

Years ago the famed theologian Paul Tillich wrote: “Language... has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”  Isn’t it true that so many of us struggle with the challenging tension between the unmitigated joy of being by ourselves and the occasional agony of unbidden loneliness?  We hear writer Nancy Kirsch’s thoughtful and not-so-solitary reflections on this very complex subject.
 

    

Nancy Kirsch has worked as a lobbyist, corporate lawyer and, most recently, as editor of The Jewish Voice, the newspaper of record for Rhode Island’s Jewish community. An award-winning writer, she is now engaged in freelance work. Kirsch lives in Providence.

Local Features
2:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Kennedy Plaza Bus Stops Relocated For Summer

RIPTA buses at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence
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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is relocating bus stops in Kennedy Plaza to nearby locations while the plaza is being renovated. With many buses traveling in and out, Kennedy Plaza is currently the hub of bus transportation in the city. 

The City of Providence plans to build a large civic space in the plaza and increase the efficiency of the bus stops and pedestrian walkways. The relocations will go into effect on Saturday, July 12th and will last until the work is completed in the fall.

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