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On Politics
4:51 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Woonsocket Mayor Baldelli Hunt Fined By RI Ethics Commission

Woonsocket City Hall
Credit RIPR FILE

Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has agreed to pay a $750 state ethics fine over the creation of a summer jobs program that hired her teenage son.

``I accept the findings of the Ethics Commission and respect their decision. I had previously paid in full all the wages he earned in the amount of $880. I also accept the fine of $750 and I believe this matter should be put behind me,’’ the mayor said in a statement released by her office.

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RI News
4:48 am
Thu February 5, 2015

CVS Marks Year Since Tobacco-Free Announcement With $5M Grant

CVS Health announced last year that it was pulling tobacco products from its more than 7,800 stores across the U.S.
Credit file/CVS Health

It’s been a year since CVS Health announced it would remove cigarettes from its stores. The Woonsocket-based company is marking the day by making a donation to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

The $5 million donation over five years will go toward programs that reduce tobacco use by kids and reduce their exposure to secondhand smoke. The first grants will be announced March 18th on “Kick Butts Day.”

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Education
9:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Kids Count: RI Has Highest Child Poverty Rate In New England

New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession.  Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.

The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.

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RI News
9:23 am
Wed January 21, 2015

CVS To Hire Some 100 At Woonsocket Headquarters

CVS/health headquarters in Woonsocket, RI
Credit CVS Health

Woonsocket based CVS/Health plans to hire some 100 employees at their digital center in Rhode Island.  This comes as the company plans to open a second digital center in Boston.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

At The Crossroads, Part 8: Fueled By Opioid Abuse, New Hep C Infections Rise

A rapid hepatitis C test requires only a finger prick for a drop of blood and about a 20 minute wait to find out if you have been exposed to hepatitis C. A follow up confirmatory blood test is required to determine whether you've developed chronic hepatitis C infection.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In 2014, hundreds of Rhode Islanders died from accidental drug overdoses.  Thousands more remain addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. For those who inject the drugs, there’s another risk: hepatitis C.

In the final story in our series “At the Crossroads,” we meet a team of outreach workers determined to find new infections before it’s too late.

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Bringing disease prevention to the streets

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The Bottom Line
4:48 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The Bottom Line: Keeping Black Friday Dollars In RI

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation visits the program to discuss the latest push to shop local, the foundation’s legislative priorities and his take on the CVS move to build a technology hub in Boston.

When to Listen

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

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Bob Kerr Essay
2:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Bob Kerr: I’m Thankful For People Who Stop And Help Others

In late August, the power was shut off at the River United Methodist Church. The church, in the heart of downtown Woonsocket, was about a thousand bucks in arrears on its electric bill.  The guy from National Grid apologized for doing what he had to do.

Church members, who specialize in doing a whole lot with very little, scrambled to do what they always do.   They took food from freezers and refrigerators and headed to a nearby park to feed hungry people. 

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Congressman Fernand St Germain Dies At 86

Fernand St Germain
Credit Wikipedia

Former U.S. Rep. Fernand  "Fred"' St Germain, who rose from modest roots in French-Canadian Woonsocket to become one of the most powerful politicians in Washington, D.C., only to meet defeat in 1988 among allegations of ethical misconduct, has died. He was 86.

St Germain, a Democrat, first elected in 1960 with President John F. Kennedy, was known for paying vigorous attention to constituent services and bringing federal programs, especially housing for the elderly, to Rhode Island.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:38 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and State Treasurer Gina Raimondo have begun trading jabs as the fight for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination heats up.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.

As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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Local Features
2:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Proposal To Allow Backyard Chickens Returns In Woonsocket

The Woonsocket City Council is planning to take up a proposal that would allow residents to keep chickens in their backyards if they have a special zoning permit. Woonsocket City Clerk Christina Harmon-Duart says this is the second time that the idea has been proposed.

"This was brought up last year and it was defeated, and they're bringing it back with more restrictions."

Woonsocket would join a number of Rhode Island towns that already allow residents to raise chickens for their eggs. 

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