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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Keith Kelly of Barrington has been named the new president of Citizens Bank Rhode Island. The bank employs more than 5,300 people.

The American Health Care Act narrowly passed in the U.S. House Thursday. The bill had received only one vote more than the 216 required to move on to the Senate. The bill repeals most of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under Obamacare, Rhode Island was able to insure more than 100,000 residents through Medicaid expansion.

Courtesy of Rhode Island State Archives

The anniversary of Rhode Island's declaration of independence from the British Empire in 1776 is being marked Wednesday.

Rhode Island repealed legislation pledging its allegiance to the crown -- two months before any of the 12 other colonies.

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The state Department of Children, Youth, and Families is reporting another near-fatality of a child – this time a 16-month-old in Providence.

Courtesy of Rhode Island Guardians Association

As police- minority relations continue to garner national attention, a new police organization made up of minority law enforcement officers aims to address what it sees as a lack of diversity in Rhode Island's field of criminal justice.

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End Citizens United, a national grassroots political action committee, is officially endorsing U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse for his 2018 re-election, calling him a “champion of campaign finance reform.”

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Providence city officials are facing criticism for backing legislation that aims to create a regional water authority in the state. 

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Some local Democrats are throwing their support behind Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Ossoff, a political newcomer, faces what will likely be a tight runoff election for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat. Members of the Young Democrats of Rhode Island and College Democrats of Rhode Island will gather to make calls in support of Ossoff this Monday.

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The $54 million lawsuit over the “Superman Building” is moving forward as jury selection begins this week.

Owner of the building, High Rock Westminster Street, is seeking compensation from Bank of America, the building’s last tenant, over claims that it took poor care of the building.

Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security

Rhode Island lawmakers are weighing legislation that would protect so-called “sensitive locations” from federal immigration raids.

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The Ocean State is being honored by March of Dimes Monday for its work in reducing premature births. Preterm births have dropped by 10 percent between 2010 and 2015 — down to 8.6 percent.

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Rhode Island communities are taking expired or unused prescription medication for the fifth year in a row through a partnership between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, public safety officials, and health advocates.

Ian Donnis

Gov. Gina Raimondo hosted a media conference call with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday. It’s the latest move in Democrat Raimondo’s efforts to rally support for her plan to provide two years of free tuition at the state’s public institutions.

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Deloitte Consulting, the firm involved with the bungled rollout of the state's new system for administering human service benefits, will provide Rhode Island with a $27 million credit, Governor Gina Raimondo announced Thursday.

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Officials in the state’s Department of Human Services are reporting some progress with its online public assistance system known as UHIP.

Last year, the troubled rollout of the system caused a total backlog of almost 14,000 applications for benefits like food stamps. This March, that total dropped to 10,579.

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