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RI News
9:43 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Marathon Bombing Survivor Heather Abbott Responds To Tsarnaev Convictions

Heather Abbott at her home in Newport following the bombings, and her subsequent amputation.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

After Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 counts Heather Abbott, the Newport woman who lost part of her left leg in the bombing, posted on her Facebook page:

“Nothing can ever replace the lives that were lost or changed forever, but at least there is some relief in knowing that justice is served and responsibility will be taken.”

Abbott, who now lives with prosthesis, recently began her own foundation, which helps provide prosthesis to others who’ve lost limbs.

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Health Care
9:14 am
Thu April 9, 2015

RI State Police Call For Tighter Restrictions On State Marijuana Laws

Marijuana plant
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

State Police are raising concerns about the state’s medical marijuana program. At issue is the role of caregivers, who are licensed by the state to grow a small number of plants for medical marijuana patients.

Rhode Island State Police spokesman Major Kevin O’Brien says last year police searched the homes of 21 caregivers. More than three-quarters of them were growing more marijuana than the law allows.

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RI News
8:58 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Development Commission Head Testifies Before State Lawmakers

Former I-195 land sits vacant along the Providence waterfront. The new PawSox owners hope to use this land for a new 10,000 seat stadium.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The head of the panel redeveloping former highway land in Providence says she’s hopeful that new approaches will spark more proposals for the site. I-195 Commission director Jan Brodie testified before a state Senate committee Wednesday.

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Politics
8:45 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Bills Introduced To Curb Misuse Of Campaign Finances

Lawmakers hope to stem misuse of campaign finance with the introduction of two new bills.
Credit RIPR FILE

Two bills meant to discourage the misuse of campaign accounts have cleared an initial hurdle at the General Assembly.  Efforts to restore the state Ethics Commission’s oversight of the legislature continue to languish.

Legislative committees have passed a bill requiring candidates to have a separate bank account for their campaign money. Another bill would make public officeholders file an annual bank statement to back up the information in their campaign spending reports.

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The Education Blog
8:15 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Providence Students Voice Their Hopes For State's New Education Commissioner

These Providence students say the new PARCC exam is more disruptive during the school day than the prior state test.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island is looking for a new leader for K-12 public schools as controversy grows over standardized testing and charter schools. So what do students want from the next commissioner of education?

Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison asked that question of three Providence students: 16-year-old Kendall Hall, 16-year-old Diane Gonzales and 15-year-old Xilian Sansoucy. They are members of the student advocacy groups Young Voices and the Providence Student Union.

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