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Health Care
4:39 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

New Study Praises Providence's Anti-Tobacco Efforts

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A new study from public health researchers praises Providence’s efforts to curb tobacco use. The researchers say other cities should follow suit in banning certain tobacco retail practices.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo Leading Potential Governor's Race Among

A new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo leading Providence Mayor Angel Taveras among likely Democratic primary voters.  Raimondo and Taveras are expected to square off in a gubernatorial primary next September.

Brown pollsters talked with 433 likely Democratic primary voters. In a two-way matchup, 42 percent of respondents say they’d vote for Raimondo, just under 34 percent prefer Taveras, and 24 percent were undecided. That poll has a margin of error of four and a half percentage points.

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RI News
9:19 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Hundreds of Burn Victims to Meet in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Convention Center will host the World Burn Congress.
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Hundreds of burn survivors will descend on Providence this week for the annual convention of the Phoenix Society.  The meeting is dubbed the “World Burn Congress,” and its main purpose is to heal the emotional wounds left by the physical scarring.

They’ve endured house fires, car fires, nightclub blazes and electrocutions and this week about 900 of them will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center for the World Burn Congress sponsored by the Phoenix Society. 

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Historic Providence Diner Gets a Second Life

The historic West Side Diner on Westminster Street in Providence.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

An historic Providence diner is back in business after years of painstaking restoration.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The West Side Diner on Westminster Street was originally located in Olneyville. After it closed in 1999, it was slated for demolition until developer Jon Ozbek purchased and moved it.  The result is a gleaming stainless steel and glass block edifice that has been fully restored to its 1947 glory.  Co-owner Lisa Arena said much of the structure is original.

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RI News
9:15 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Affecting Federal Courts in RI

The U.S. Department of Justice is handling the furloughs for Rhode Island DOJ workers.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

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On Politics
6:09 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak at Central Congregational Church's West Lecture

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the internationally-recognized political figure, activist and writer, will speak on the conflict between Islam and the ideology of the modern Western world at  Central Congregational Church’s annual religion and politics lecture on Friday, October 18 in the church sanctuary at 296 Angell Street on Providence's East Side.

She will give the church’s annual Darrell West lecture on the intersection between religion and politics. The event takes place at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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RI News
8:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Providence Ban on Flavored Tobacco Upheld by First Circuit Court of Appeals

Providence's ban on flavored tobacco and cigarette coupons that went into effect in January 2013 was affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

The City of Providence said it hopes more municipalities follow its lead and pass ordinances that curb the sale of flavored tobacco products. The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a pair of ordinances banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and some store discounts.

The ban went into effect last January. Peter Asen, director of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office, said it likely contributed to results of a new study showing low rates of smoking in 6th 8th and 12th graders

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Affordable Care Act
4:16 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

RI Health Exchange Gets Off to a Bumpy Start

Operators in Providence took hundreds of calls on the launch day of HealthSource RI.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A crush of users caused the HealthSource RI website to temporarily crash Tuesday morning.  HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s answer to Obamacare, is an online marketplace where uninsured people and small businesses can buy health insurance. 

HealthSource RI received 4,000 calls in the first hour of business.  During that same time frame, 6,000 people were checking out the HealthSource RI website every minute. It was too much for the system to take.

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Business
1:52 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

"Make it Happen" One Year Later

A little more than a year ago, the Rhode Island Foundation gathered more than 300 people from across the community to brainstorm ways to boost the state’s sagging economy.

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RI News
1:38 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Three More Arrests in Murder of 12-year-old Providence Girl

Providence police have made three more arrests in connection with the murder of a 12-year-old Providence girl and the shooting of three women at a graduation party in June. 

The latest arrests bring to five the number of suspects in the murder of 12-year-old Aynis Vargas. 

Shortly after her murder police arrested Branden Castro and Ricardo Vasquez of the Harriet Street gang. Now, police have arrested three more suspects, including a 17-year-old juvenile. 

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