Ximena Conde

Morning Edition Producer

Ximena started as RIPR's Morning Edition producer in January of 2017.  She researches, reports and produces stories you hear every morning.

She got her public radio bearings in Chicago, where she was a production assistant for the WFMT Radio Network where she helped out on classical music shows in development.

Ximena attended Rutgers University where she completed a B.S. in Supply Chain Management - best explained as "procurement and logistics."  A New York City native, her favorite state to live in is Rhode Island. 

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The House and Senate have stopped considering legislation to legalize recreational pot and instead opted to create a 19-member joint commission to study the situation in states like Washington and Colorado, where it's already legal.

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An amended version of a bill proposing paid sick days for private sector employees is on its way to the Senate floor. The Senate Labor Committee voted in favor of giving employees – like waiters and others in the hospitality industry— four days paid sick leave Wednesday. That’s a drop from the seven days originally proposed by lawmakers, and closer to the five days Massachusetts and Connecticut offer.

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In Rhode Island, Frank Williams is known as a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court. But among Civil War enthusiasts, he is known as an authority on all things Abraham Lincoln. He’s also the owner of a vast collection of more than 17,000 Civil War artifacts. He's now donating his collection to Mississippi State University.

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on an assortment of legislation Tuesday as the session reaches its final stretch.

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The Providence-Newport ferry is expected to be out of commission until this Wednesday, following a small crash during a trip to Providence this weekend.

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State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is the latest to join a bipartisan investigation into pharmaceutical companies’ marketing tactics of prescription opioids.

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A state Senate bill aiming to streamline the merger and acquisition process for nonprofit hospitals is scheduled for a vote in the Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday. The bill, which would amend the Hospital Conversions Act, has sparked debate between lawmakers and hospital union workers.

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Over the weekend the city of Warwick celebrated the 245th anniversary of the burning of the British ship, the HMS Gaspee.  Many Rhode Islanders consider it one of the earliest clashes in the American Revolution. The skirmish is often overshadowed by the better known Boston Tea Party, which took place more than a year later.

Now a group of Brown University students is working to raise the profile of the Gaspee Affair. They're creating a virtual reality experience aimed at middle and high school students.

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High-speed ferry service from Providence to Newport returns this Friday. The ferry launched last July and proved popular, making more than 33,000 trips between the Providence waterfront, and downtown Newport. The service was introduced as a way of encouraging tourists to explore both cities, and help reduce heavy traffic congestion in Newport.

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It’s going to be a hot Monday folks. The mercury is expected to climb into the 90s for the greater Providence area.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday testimony a persuasive indictment of President Donald Trump’s efforts to influence the direction of the Bureau’s Russia investigation.

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A proposal that would protect scientists and academic researchers from disclosing early research through public records requests is one step closer to becoming law. Researchers in other states, including Arizona, were reporting harassment through records requests, which were slowing down their work, particularly in the field of climate change.

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A new study reports a 46 percent increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths from 2014 to 2016 in Rhode Island. The study was authored by researchers at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.

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Brown University is joining 11 other universities in pledging to reduce their institutions’ carbon footprint following the U.S. withdrawal of the Paris Climate Accord.

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On Monday, a U.S. District Court judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by the former director of the Rhode Island Board of Elections, Robert Kando.

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