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A Tougher 21st Century Elm Makes A Comeback

Dec 19, 2017
JILL KAUFMAN / NEPR

 

There are thousands of Elm Streets in America, but not many surviving elms, for which the streets were named. Starting in the mid-20th century, Dutch elm disease killed off millions.

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During a wide-ranging year-end interview, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello explains his concerns about the proposal for a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket, and why he remains fully behind eliminating the state car tax.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

Last week we met Rhode Islanders waiting outside the state Department of Human Services because of problems with benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. The shift to a new online system left thousands of people without the assistance they count on. One woman, Elizabeth Vanover, says doctors bills have been piling up since the state cut off her Medicaid.

Lynn Arditi

The start of the month is an important time for Son Sam, a 62-year-old grandmother. That’s when she gets her food stamps. But this month, she didn’t get any.

So, on the first Monday in December, Sam and scores of other people lined up outside the state Department of Human Services in Providence.

A Conversation With The Providence Athenaeum's Matt Burriesci

Dec 12, 2017
Photo Credit: The Providence Athenaeum

Matt Burriesci is the Executive Director of The Providence Athenaeum. He talked with Laxmi Parthasarathy for a special RIPR interview. They talked about the Athenaeum's 180-year history, its beautiful Greek Revival building, its collection, and how it is working to engage audiences with its programming today.

LORNE MATALON / VPR

Washington D.C. has ended a temporary residency program for almost 60,000 Haitians allowed to legally enter the United States following an earthquake in 2010. The affected Haitians will have to leave the U.S. by 2019. The program has also been revoked for 2,000 Nicaraguans and it's unclear if other groups, including 300,000 Salvadorans, will be allowed to remain.

 


Aviva DeKornfeld

For weeks after Hurricane Maria, Cynthia and Vanessa Melendez were trapped in their village in Humacao, Puerto Rico. They had no water and were running out of food. They eventually made their way out, along with their eight children, resettling in New Bedford. The sisters and their children have joined other Puerto Ricans arriving in the city since the hurricane.


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Rhode Island-based pharmacy chain CVS is set to acquire the health insurance provider Aetna for $69 billion. The boards of both companies have voted to approve the deal, which still needs approval from federal regulators. The merger raises questions about the future of the two companies, as well as the future of healthcare in America. 

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

November marks the one-year anniversary for Rhode Island's poet laureate, Tina Cane. 

Cane is a teacher as well as a published poet, and for this month’s Artscape, she joined RIPR’s Chuck Hinman to talk about poetry, and her mission to inject more of it into ordinary life. She’s already placed poetry on the public bus system statewide.    

PAIGE SUTHERLAND / NHPR

Addressing the state’s drug crisis has been an all hands on deck approach from the medical community, law enforcement to social workers.

But advocates are saying one missing player in all this has been employers, and how they can be a part of the solution, whether that’s offering jobs to those in recovery or simply changing how addiction is addressed and talked about at work.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

A Superior Court judge has ordered the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office to turn over documents on the troubled St. Joseph’s pension plan.  

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  In a state that voted almost 2 to 1 for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, and in a city that voted almost 6 to 1 for her, everyone seemed to embrace Clinton Tuesday night at the Boston Opera House.

The Gamm Theatre

In the play “Incognito,” four actors play 21 different roles, without so much as a set change or a new costume. In fact, they never even leave the stage.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

Virginia Iacono stood at the podium, a hospital bracelet around her wrist. She is 73 and undergoing cancer treatment at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

“There are hundreds of us that rely on that cancer center,’’ she said. “Where are we gonna go…?” 

John Bender / RIPR

It’s not every day an angry crowd shuts down a town council meeting. But it’s happened more than once in East Greenwich, a well-off suburb not known as a hotbed for political animus. 

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