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 is expected to vote on a bill Tuesday that would loosen hair braiding regulations.

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A new bill introduced in the House aims to give small business owners an even playing field when selling cigarettes. The bill mandates a 15 percent markup on retail cigarette prices.

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Currently, Rhode Islanders seeking treatment for opioid addiction must have their doctors coordinate with insurance companies before they can get prescriptions for medications like Suboxone and buprenorphine. These drugs treat patients suffering from opioid dependence.

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped former F.B.I. Director on Wednesday to lead the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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The bill passed the House 59-10 in a vote Tuesday, moving to the Senate. It would require members of local planning boards and commissions take classes on rising sea levels every two years. Training would last two hours and would also teach planners about developing in flood plains.

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Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is joining a wave of national criticism for President Donald Trump’s alleged sharing of highly classified information with Russian officials during a White House meeting last week. The Washington Post first reported the story Monday evening. President Trump reportedly described details of an Islamic State threat while meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on a bill Tuesday that would create a commission to study the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island. The 15-member commission would look at the financial impacts of legalization in states like Colorado.

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Kilmartin joins 19 other attorneys general in a letter to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

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The Providence City Council’s Finance Committee approved a tax stabilization agreement Thursday for a new $56 million construction project in downtown Providence.

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Starting Monday, anyone taking Peter Pan or Greyhound buses will have to board in front of the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sabin Street.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse are pushing back on a new Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump on Thursday. The order creates the bipartisan Commission on Election Integrity, which aims to look into fraudulent voting practices. Vice President Mike Pence will lead the panel.

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State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner used his annual address to make the case that education is making progress in Rhode Island. 

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The state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will hear testimony Monday about the deaths of children under state care.

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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has a key role in an ongoing look at possible Russian interference in last year's presidential election. A Senate subcommittee holds a hearing on that subject Monday.

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The Rhode Island Foundation is giving out $270,000 in grant money to five organizations working to improve health care in the Ocean State.

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