On Politics
12:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo, Elorza Up By 10 Points Each

A new Brown University poll finds Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo with 41.6 percent of the support, compared with 30.5 percent for Republican Allan Fung, and Democrat Jorge Elorza with 47.6 percent of the backing, compared with 37.2 percent for independent Buddy Cianci.

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RI News
3:54 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ashoka Mukpo: Went Weeks Not Knowing If I’d Survive Ebola

Ashoka Mukpo embraces healthcare workers who helped him during his two week recovery in isolation at the Nebraska Medical Center.
Credit Taylor Wilson / Nebraska Medical Center

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola is asking the public to give him space and privacy as he leaves a Nebraska hospital today and heads home to Providence. Ashoka Mukpo spent two and a half weeks in isolation to treat the deadly virus.

Doctors at The Nebraska Medical Center said age was the main factor as to why the 33-year-old recovered more quickly than the Massachusetts doctor whom they also treated.

At a press conference, University of Nebraska Medical Center chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold read a statement by Mukpo filled with gratitude for his medical care.

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Rhody Votes 2014
3:46 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Mitt Romney Helps GOP Gov. Candidate Fung Raise Money In Rhode Island

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney talk with the press after a fundraiser in the Biltmore Hotel.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Some 150 people showed up for fundraiser featuring former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung. The Fung campaign said the event with the former GOP presidential candidate is estimated to have raised more than $50,000.

Romney said he’s endorsed Fung since the primary because Fung will improve schools and help people get better jobs.  Romney said the national Republican Party thinks the governor’s race is a race Fung can win.

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RI News
2:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Woman Who Tossed White Powder in U.S. Attorney’s Office In Custody

Emergency crews respond to an incident at the U.S. Attorney's Office where a woman tossed white powder into the lobby.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A woman is in custody after throwing white powder in the lobby of the U.S. Attorney’s office in downtown Providence. The woman entered the office at around 11:00am Wednesday, had a brief conversation with a security guard, then tossed the white powder.

That prompted an evacuation, said the U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Jim Martin. He said Providence police, fire, state police and a hazmat unit responded to the incident.

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Health Care
1:11 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

NBC News & Friends Working To Help RI Ebola Patient With Soaring Medical Costs

Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpoo is being treated at The Nebraska Medical Center. He has been there since October 5th.
Credit Ashoka Mukpo Facebook

The father of the Rhode Islander being treated for Ebola said his son is uninsured and welcomes the help. It’s been a week Monday since Ashoka Mukpo arrived at a biocontainment  unit in Omaha for treatment.

Friends of the 33-year-old freelance cameraman started the GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills they say could exceed $500,000. So far the online campaign to help Mukpo has raised more than $45,000.

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RI News
5:16 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Heroin Ringleaders In Rhode Island Plead Guilty

Two leaders of a heroin distribution ring have pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Providence to drug and weapons charges. The pleas come after a sixteen-month investigation to disrupt their drug trafficking organization.

Richard Pena and Henry Ortiz pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and fentanyl. State police head Colonel Steven O'Donnell said that’s one result of months of work by a team of investigators from several agencies. The other is busting up a sizeable drug operation.

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One Square Mile
4:34 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

The Bottom Line: Banking On The Port Of Providence

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 Providence’s Economic Development Director Jim Bennet. As part of our series One Square Mile, they discuss the role of moveable cranes and where business can grow at the port.

When to Listen

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

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Harrop on the "Fear Factor" in the Mayoral Race & Whether He'll Get Out to Help Elorza

Republican Providence mayoral candidate Daniel Harrop joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about the race for City Hall, including whether he'll get out of the race to help Jorge Elorza, and whether concerns about Buddy Cianci winning the race are hurting Elorza's fundraising.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:44 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidate Elorza Promises To Tighten Ethics In City Hall

Democratic candidate Jorge Elorza outlines his plan to tighten ethics in his first 100 days as mayor
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Democratic Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza outlined a plan in front of City Hall Thursday for tightening ethics oversight in the city his first 100 days in office.

Elorza’s plan includes impaneling an ethics commission that now exists only on paper, training for department heads, making city government more transparent, and refusing campaign contributions from city employees as both a candidate and mayor.

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1:32 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Cianci Walks Back Earlier Vow to Reject City Employees' Contributions

Cianci and Elorza during the Laurelmead debate on September 17.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci is walking back an earlier assertion that he won’t take campaign contributions from city employees. Rival candidate Jorge Elorza is calling on Cianci to return about $18,000 in donations from city employees.

This is Cianci speaking during a September 17 debate, sounding unequivocal. While criticizing the amount of openness at City Hall, he rejected the idea of accepting city employees’ campaign contributions.

"There’s been no transparency and by the way, I haven’t taken a dime from any city worker nor do I intend to."

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