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  The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island is honoring RI Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, with the organization’s Susan L. Farmer Award.

The award will honor Paiva Weed for her leadership role as the first female Senate president and for her support for the state’s Temporary Caregivers Insurance program, which was a top priority of the Women’s Fund of RI.

Paiva Weed became the first women to hold the post of Senate president in 2009. She is a lawyer and Providence College graduate.

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 chat with Providence College Business Professor Cary Collins about the state of Rhode Island's economy. Their conversation is part of our series "Rising Tide," which looks at how Rhode Islanders are faring after the Great Recession.

When to listen

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

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Providence College holds a rally Tuesday celebrating the Friar’s first NCAA men’s hockey championship.  The team’s captain and head coach addressed fans at 4 PM.

President Brian Shanley said students can celebrate in a way they weren’t able to after the Friars’ win in Boston.

“Some of us were in Boston last Saturday night as I was, some were back here, people were scattered. This gives us a chance as a community to come together,” said Shanley. 

College officials expect fans to pack Schneider Arena, with a capacity of about 3,000, for the event.

The Providence College Hockey Friars haven’t been to the Frozen Four in 30 years. Now the team is headed to Boston next week as one of the nation’s top four college hockey teams. Today, the R.I. House is honoring the team at the session that begins at 4 p.m.

The House will host coach Nate Leaman and some team members and issue a proclamation supporting the Friars as they get ready for the finals at TD Bank Gahden. The other team from Hockey East in the tournament is PC rival Boston University. A PC-BC final fame would fill the garden and give New England hockey fans a treat.

The Rev. Dr. Bernard O’Reilly has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade. A native of Ireland, O’Reilly served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence for 45 years until his recent retirement.

A charismatic, witty and erudite clergyman, O’Reilly is well-known in Rhode Island. He spent 20 years as an assistant pastor, 25 years as a pastor and taught philosophy and theology at Aquinas College in Newton, Mass.; Providence College; and Salve Regina University in Newport.

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The first Providence College student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has been released from a Boston-area hospital. Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison has details.

A spokesman from PC could not provide information about whether the student suffered lasting effects from meningitis, which attacks tissue around the brain and spinal cord.

Meningitis can have serious long-term consequences, including brain damage.

Health officials say they have identified a second Providence College student who may have bacterial meningitis. The health department says the student is receiving treatment at a local hospital.

On Monday, health officials reported the first confirmed case of meningitis in a PC student. The student was reported to be improving at a Boston-area hospital.

Providence College officials have extended the hours at the campus health center, and say they are interviewing students who might have been exposed to the infection.

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A Providence College student is receiving treatment at a Boston-area hospital after being diagnosed with meningitis.

Providence College officials say they have been working with the state health department since the diagnosis. Several students who might have been exposed to the infection have been given antibiotics as a precaution.

The Providence College Friars beat Creighton 65-53 in the start of Big East Conference play Wednesday. The men's overall record is now 11-3.

PC says this is the first time the Friars have won their conference season-opener since 2008.

Senior forward LaDontae Henton led the Friars with 35 points and 8 rebounds.

The game at the Dunkin Donuts Center was a re-match of last season's Big East championship, when PC beat Creighton 65-58. The win marked the Friars' first victory in the Big East in 20 years.

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

This week, Dave and Mark talk with Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island. They discuss whether the state’s brain drain is a myth and the role a growing number of international students are playing in campus enrollment.

When to Listen

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

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is considering Citizens Bank executive Barbara Cottam for a top position in her new administration, according to Statehouse sources.

Cottam, who has vast experience in both the private and political sectors in Rhode Island, is under consideration for chief of staff, one of the most important positions in any gubernatorial administration.

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Latinos in Rhode Island make up 8.6 percent of eligible voters in the state. And that is why the Ocean State is one of 12 where the share of eligible Latino voters is larger than the current polling margin between gubernatorial candidates, according to a report by Latino Decisions, a survey research organization specializing in voting behaviors among Latinos.


Attorney General Peter Kilmartin hosts fellow AG’s from across the Northeast for a two-day conference addressing sexual assault on college campuses. The group will work to determine how law enforcement can do a better job investigating campus sexual assault.

Services for the late Joe Vileno Jr., a quintessential Providence character and political activist, are scheduled for Tuesday evening at Nardollilo Funeral Home, 1278 Park Avenue, in Cranston. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Committal and burial will be private.

Joe died earlier this week at age 76. He had a history of heart ailments and his family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the American Heart Association.

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Marvin Barnes, who rose from the gritty neighborhood of South Providence to the NCAA Final Four on the legendary 1973 Providence College basketball team and later had a promising career in professional basketball that  was cut short by drug addiction and scrapes with the law, has died. He was 62.

Barnes death was first reported by ProJo sports writer Kevin McNamara, who wrote that he got the news from Barnes old friend and teammate, Kevin Stacom. He died at his Providence home.