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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Thu April 30, 2015

RI's Brown Bird Finds A Solemn Victory On Final Album

MorganEve Swain sits in the Warren apartment she shared with husband and fellow band member David Lamb. Their dog Zed sits on her lap.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

It’s been a year since the death of local musician David Lamb, whose passing threw the future of the folk duo Brown Bird into question. This week saw the release of the band’s final album. Crafted during Lamb’s battle with leukemia, the album was finished by his wife MorganEve Swain, the other half of the band. Music journalists are calling it Brown Bird’s swan song.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

No Easy Task: "Reinventing" Medicaid To Improve Health, Contain Costs

Juana Kollie visits with staff at the PACE health center in South Providence.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Today is the due date for a plan to cut nearly $180 million dollars from Medicaid. Half of that is state funding, the other matching federal dollars. To close a burgeoning state budget gap, Gov. Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting hospital and nursing home payments. Her “Reinvent Medicaid” task force delivers its recommendations today for finding the rest of the savings in the state’s health insurance program for the poor. Their proposals are aimed at reducing the cost of caring for some of the most complex patients.

Patients like Juana Kollie.

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Environment
6:33 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Wastewater Agency Wrestles With Cost Of Water Quality Project

The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission considered several options to move forward with the final phase of its federally-mandated water quality project, all of them costly. The option they voted for will cost approximately $815 million.
Courtesy of Narragansett Bay Commission

The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission has voted to move forward with the final phase of a water quality project designed to overhaul its old sewer systems. The wastewater agency is struggling with how much it will cost to complete the project, aimed at further improving water quality in Narragansett Bay.

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On Politics
3:01 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Raimondo: State Wants Better Deal on PawSox' Proposed Ballpark

Larry Lucchino (right) listens as PawSox president Jim Skeffington speaks before the 195 District Commission Monday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, a managing partner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, was in Rhode Island to speak with the 195 District Commission Monday about the PawSox's proposal for a new stadium in ballpark. Lucchino sat down with me ahead of the commission's meeting to discuss the proposal.

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Arts & Culture
10:16 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Aquidneck Island Students Stage Play About Rwandan Genocide

Behind the Hills cast and director. Laurie Germain, Catherine Farmer (seated), Sarah Ploskina (standing right)
Credit Chuck Hinman

Around the world, people are observing the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacre, while Rwandans are remembering the mass killings in their country 21 years ago. That genocide is the subject of a play, written by two students at St. George's School in Middletown. RIPR's Chuck Hinman stopped by the school during rehearsal...

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