On Politics
1:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Taveras promotes Dormody, hires Hull

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.

Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28th.  The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.

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The Education Blog
11:15 am
Mon April 14, 2014

URI to Arm Campus Police

University of Rhode Island officials have announced they plan to arm campus police, despite vocal critics, who say the change will not make campus safer.

The university announced the decision after a year of public meetings and discussions with faculty, students and staff. In a statement, URI President David Dooley called the change critical.

"In order to provide the safest environment possible and to ensure a timely response to any threat to the safety of our campuses, our police officers must be equipped properly to function as first responders,” Dooley said.

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Health Care
9:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Rhode Island Set To Begin Health Insurance Claims Database

Rhode Island is beginning an all-payer claims database to better known how much residents are spending on healthcare, and on what.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

You may have gotten a letter in the mail recently from your health insurance company asking whether you wanted to opt out of something called an “all payer claims database.”

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Education
8:56 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Brown University Looking To Become Center For Brazilian Study

Brown University is digitizing thousands of documents on the 1964 Brazilian Coup.
Credit RIPR FILE

Brown University is taking steps to establish itself as the premier center in the US for the study of Brazil, and it’s starting things off by making a trove of once-classified documents accessible to the public.

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Nuala Pell, Spouse And Political Partner Of Sen. Claiborne Pell, Dies

Nuala Pell in her Newport home.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Nuala Pell, widow of revered Sen. Claiborne Pell, confidante of Pastores, Kennedys and European royalty, a force in Rhode Island politics for decades and a woman who was as at ease at a Democratic Party rally at a Portuguese Club as she was with the well-born swells of Newport society at Bailey’s Beach, died early this morning at Newport Hospital. She was 89.

The Pell family has announced a memorial service to be held Monday, April 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, at 11 a.m.

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On Politics
4:40 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Just another quiet Friday in Rhode Island. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's head in.

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The Pulse
4:09 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

To Find Health Care Cost Savings, Follow The Money. Or Rather, The Data.

It's pretty basic: in order to save a little money, most people have to stick to a budget. But before you can sketch out that spending plan, you need to know where your money's been going and how much you've been spending on everything. Then you can look for places to trim and skimp.

So too goes the theory with health care spending. Or at least, that's the idea behind several new efforts:

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014

The corner of Cambridge and Tremont streets after the Boston Marathon bombings, one year ago.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September

Rhode Island's multi-billion dollar pension dispute appears headed to a September 15 trial date in Superior Court after a breakdown in attempts to resolve the conflict through mediation.

Each side blamed the other for the impasse following more than a year of talks.

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Environment
1:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Sen. Whitehouse Embarks On A Climate Change Road Trip

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse spoke at the signing of Gov. Chafee's executive order to create a climate change council.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is embarking on a road trip along the southeast coast of the United States to talk about climate change.

Last month, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse went to Iowa to urge Iowans to make climate change a key issue there during the 2016 presidential election cycle. He’s concerned about the ways in which climate change is already affecting Rhode Island. He wants the nation to tackle the issue together.

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