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Greg Pare / Rhode Island General Assembly

Imagine having a life-threatening disease that isn’t responding to the typical drugs. But there’s a drug out there – FDA-approved for other conditions – that might work for you. 

John Bender / RIPR

Providence-based band the Low Anthem has just released its fourth full-length album,“eyeland,” the group’s first major release in 5 years.

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The question of a patient’s privacy came up during this legislative session. Should the family members of a patient who has overdosed be notified about that patient’s hospital stay? It came up again after the shooting in Orlando: can doctors communicate with family or friends about a patient’s status if that patient is still unconscious? 

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

There’s something new at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, opening Wednesday June 22. Visitors to the RISD Museum have been unable to use its Benefit St. entrance since mid-April, but that entrance now has been re-opened, as RISD unveils what it’s been working on these past few months: its first café, called Café Pearl, after one of the museum’s most dedicated and long-serving docents, Pearl Nathan. RIPR's Chuck Hinman talked to the 102-year-old Nathan at her home in East Providence, about her long association with the RISD Museum.

Alex Braunstein / RIPR

Since the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, local lawmakers, public officials, and leaders in the LGBTQ community have spoken about the impact in Rhode Island. Younger members of the community are also sharing their feelings and desire for action.

Rhode Island Public Radio producer Alex Braunstein spoke with members of Youth Pride (YPI), a safe space for LGBTQ teens and young adults in Providence, about how the attacks have affected them.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon hosts our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. Co-Host Mark Murphy, editor of Providence Business News, will return next week.

This week, Dave hears about the impact of parking meters on Thayer Street, the major commercial strip near Brown University. A leading critic of the meters, Ken Dulgarian, owner of the Avon Cinema and other properties, says they are devastating local businesses.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Elisabeth Harrison

In the aftermath of the sex abuse scandal at St. George's School, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation that would close a loophole in the state’s mandatory child abuse reporting law.

The loophole, first reported by Rhode Island Public Radio, seems to allow schools and other institutions to avoid reporting abuse allegations against their employees. 

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A recent report from Massachusetts shows the number of cases of elderly abuse is on the rise. Experts attribute that to the state’s opioid addiction crisis, which leads some addicts to take financial advantage of or abuse older family members.

For this week’s The Pulse, we speak with Division of Elderly Affairs Director Charles Fogarty to learn how Rhode Island could be facing a similar problem.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

On a 14 to 2 vote, the House Finance Committee approved early Wednesday an almost $9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The Bottom Line: Jobs For Ex-Offenders

Jun 3, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave sit down with U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha to learn about his quest to find jobs for parolees.  

Neronha and other advocates believe good jobs are crucial for reducing recidivism and cutting costs in the criminal justice system. They recently organized a summit to introduce employers to the process for hiring ex-offenders, and hear from  a few companies who are already doing it. 

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This weekend the city of Providence puts on its second International Arts Festival, PVD Fest. The festival turns downtown Providence into one giant block party, featuring dozens of bands, dance, art installations and more.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Medical students have been learning anatomy – by dissecting cadavers – in much the same way for hundreds years. But the method is time consuming. 

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Four peregrine falcons hatched earlier this spring on top of the Superman Building in downtown Providence. Volunteers have now banded the birds so that biologists can keep track of them. 

The Bottom Line: 30 Years In Business

May 27, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Providence Business News, attorney Jack Partridge joins Mark and Dave to discuss the big business milestones of the past 30 years.  

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

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