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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.

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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.

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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.

Rhode Island's Attorney General has concluded an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against two Providence College basketball players. Neither player will face criminal charges.

The grand jury found insufficient evidence against Rodney Bullock, who remains a student at PC, and Brandon Austin, who has left the school.

The players were accused of sexually assaulting a female student in November 2013. The allegations resulted in a suspension of play for both players this past season and a campus disciplinary hearing.

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Officials at Brown University tell The Providence Journal they have ordered two football players to leave campus amid allegations of sexual assault.

Providence College has offered a new five-year contract to President Brian Shanley, who has led the private Catholic college for the last decade.

Shanley, a member of the Dominican order, has presided over the construction of a new building to house PC's humanities program, a two-year requirement for all students, and the accreditation of a new business school. He is also credited with shepherding a reorganization of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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Recent college graduates in Rhode Island have some of the highest loan burdens in the country, according to a national study called the Project on Student Debt. At the same time, Rhode Island faces consistently high unemployment and a sluggish economy.

All that made me wonder what it’s like to finish college with significant debt, so I set out to meet some of the graduates facing this problem and the experts who study it. I’ve been amazed by the response to their stories.

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Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island  for granted.

The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.

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