Providence

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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Politics
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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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:37 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidates Face Off In Debate Over Education

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza, and Daniel Harrop at a previous Providence mayoral debate.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The main candidates in the race for Providence Mayor faced off Wednesday night in a debate at Moses Brown School.  The forum focused on education, and Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay was there.  He joined Rhode Island Public Radio host Elisabeth Harrison to discuss their positions.

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Health Care
9:02 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Liberian Population Told To Monitor Friends' And Relatives' Health

Reverend Matthew Kai leads the Baptist Tabernacle Church, and says he will not turn away parishioners.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Leaders in Rhode Island’s Liberian community are figuring how to deal with the Ebola outbreak that has just begun to reach U.S. shores. Many Liberians travel between the U.S. and the West African country.  The state Department of Health is now asking members of the Liberian population to monitor friends and relatives for signs of symptoms.  They're asking people to check their temperature at least twice a day.

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Health Care
6:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Rhode Islander Mukpo Receives Transfusion From Ebola Survivor

The Nebraska Medical Center where Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo is receiving treatment for the Ebola virus
Credit The Nebraska Medical Center

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola has received a blood transfusion from a doctor who previously had the virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly was the first American flown back to the U.S. to be treated for Ebola. Now he’s helping the fifth American diagnosed with the virus, Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo.

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Health Care
3:52 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

RI Freelancer Ashoka Mukpo Receiving Experimental Drug

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola is being treated with an experimental drug. Ashoka Mukpo is in isolation at the Nebraska Medical Center where doctors are treating him with an experimental antiviral drug called Brindicofovir. This is the drug that is also being used to treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the man in Dallas who is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
8:45 am
Tue October 7, 2014

One Square Mile: The Debate Over Providence's Industrial Waterfront

A view of Providence's industrial waterfront from Conley's Wharf, off Allens Avenue.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

All this week we’re taking a close look at the Narragansett Bay, for a series we call One Square Mile.  Today we look at the heavy industry that relies on the Providence waterfront.  Specifically, where those big piles of coal, scrap metal and salt,  sit along the Providence River.

Tuesday, independent Providence mayoral candidate Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. details his plan to turn the industrial waterfront to mixed use development, with things like hotels and marinas.   As Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, that's been the subject of a decades-long battle.

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