Talia Blake

Morning Edition Producer

Talia joined RIPR in February 2018 as the Morning Edition Producer.  She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Before starting at RIPR, she was an intern at public radio station WMFE in Orlando. Originally from Connecticut, Talia is no stranger to New England. In her spare time, she is an avid foodie and enjoys working out.

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Amos Winter

A MIT engineer has developed a lightweight, prosthetic foot that can be tailored to each patient that will cost less than prosthetics  on the market now.

After he was approached by Jaipur Foot, an artificial limbs manufacturer in India, Amos Winter, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT,  said he realized there was no way to anticipate an amputee’s walking behavior just by looking at the mechanical design of a foot. 

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Brown University will no longer require the SAT essay or ACT writing sections from incoming applicants. The ivy league university believes the standardized test sections were a barrier to low-income students. 

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Twitter

The first great white shark of the 2018 season has been tagged in Cape Cod waters. Researchers say compared to last year, this shark season ramped up quickly.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries' marine biologist, Greg Skomal, along with a team from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, tagged the 11-foot female about a quarter mile off of the Truro shoreline.

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A lobster that looks bluer than the sky has been released back in to the ocean after a brief stay at the Newport Lobster Shack. Blue lobsters are rare, but they’re caught more often than you might think. 

According to Maine’s Lobster Institute, only about one in two million lobsters are blue. It’s small number, but  Bob Bayer, Lobster Institute's Executive Directos, said they’re common enough to be seen every year. 

Town of North Attleborough

A Providence teen who drowned in a North Attleborough pond Sunday afternoon has been identified.

16-year-old Jonathan Lozada was on a family outing at Whiting’s Pond when the incident occured.

Investigators said Lozada entered the water with a friend and within minutes was seen flailing his arms before going under water. Approximately two hours later, Norton Fire Department rescue divers located the boy’s body more than 20 feet from the shoreline and some 40 feet underwater.

Roger Williams University

Donald J. Farish, Roger Williams University's 10th President, died Thursday at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after a sudden and serious illness. Faculty and students gathered Friday morning in the library at Roger Williams University to mourn the sudden loss.

National Weather Service

If you've stepped outside these past few days, you know just how hot it feels, and weather forecasters said the hot, sticky weather is going to linger all week. 

The National Weather Service has put a heat advisory in effect for today, mainly for northern and central parts of Rhode Island.

Kim Buttrick, National Weather Service meteorologist, said the steamy temperatures are due to a building ridge of high pressure over us.

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The pantry that feeds nearly 200 families closed down on Tuesday. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, and local union leaders say they're not suprised by the decision. 

IDPVD: Providence's New Form Of Photo Identification

Jun 27, 2018
Courtesy of The City of Providence.

Providence has unveiled a new form of ID – the municipal "IDPVD." The ID won’t let you drive or get on a plane, but it will be accepted by police, city agencies and libraries.

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It’s been nine months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and displaced residents are still scrambling to find permanent housing.

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One of the most destructive insect pests of pine trees is expanding its range north. Scientists have found the southern pine beetle in Rhode Island. 

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The house from Detroit, which was once home to the brother of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and his family, and where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south will be offered at auction this summer in New York after being saved from demolition and turned into an art piece. 

A New Bedford elementary school is launching a new language program this fall. Fifty kindergarteners at Gomes Elementary School will enter a lottery for the chance to land a spot in the school’s new dual language immersion program.

The selected students will spend half their day learning subjects in English. The other half will be exclusivley in Spanish.

Miss America MA / Facebook

The Miss America organization has announced they’re changing out of swimsuits and into a whole new era. But, the change has some in the pageant world feeling torn.

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