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Cultural Conversation with Rep. Langevin

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:32:45 GMT

The meeting was billed as a "Cultural Conversation with Congressman Jim Langevin," one of four held by the congressional delegation across Rhode Island to address government arts funding in the national budget.




What struggling Illinois should learn from fellow blue state Rhode Island's success

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:13:55 GMT

Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo delivers her State of the State address to lawmakers and guests in the House Chamber at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo delivers her State of the State address to lawmakers and guests in the House Chamber at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Can a heavily Democratic state plagued by slow growth, crippled by a pension crisis and burdened by ruinous public-sector finances find a path to economic stability and success? Yes, if we're talking about scrappy Rhode Island. Not at all sure, if we're talking Illinois.




News | Is Raimondo's College Plan Dead? Paiva Weed's Departure, Trump and CPAs' Opposition

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:13:43 GMT

On Tuesday, Governor Gina Raimondo was scrambling to delay Senator Teresa Paiva Weed's departure as Senate President until the end of the budget process. According to State House sources, former State Senator and now senior advisor to Raimondo David Cruise was dispatched to plead with Paiva Weed to stay until the end of the budget process.




How will the new healthcare bill impact Rhode Island?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:11:35 GMT

Governor Raimondo held a news conference Thursday to address her concerns about how the proposed health care plan would affect Rhode Islanders. The governor cited the broad coverage of Medicaid in the Ocean State as a success for elderly patients and also those seeking treatment for opioid addiction.




Regulators seek state opinions on proposed plant

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:19:12 GMT

Rhode Island regulators are seeking supplementary advisory opinions from four state agencies on a proposal to build a natural gas-fired power plant in the town of Burrillville. The Energy Facility Siting Board decided Tuesday that the state Department of Environmental Management, the Department of Transportation, the Division of Planning and the Department of Health will have about four months to write the amended opinions on the proposal.




Senate President Paiva Weed to resign for industry group job

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:59:41 GMT

In this March 19, 2013, file photo, photo Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed smiles while at the rostrum in the Senate Chamber at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I. Paiva Weed is stepping down from the Senate for a job leading a hospital industry group, she announced on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. less FILE- In this March 19, 2013, file photo, photo Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed smiles while at the rostrum in the Senate Chamber at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I. Paiva Weed is stepping ... more PROVIDENCE, R.I. - State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed is stepping down from the Senate for a job leading a hospital industry group, she announced on Wednesday.




Live Videos | Gary Sasse "The Money Man" Talks About Trump's Budget Impact on RI

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:10:46 GMT

"The Money Man" Gary Sasse talks about the proposed federal budget of President Donald Trump and the implications for Rhode Island's finances. With cuts proposed on everything from public television to environmental funding, Sasse discusses the implications.




Health | Neighborhood Health Plan Helps 495 Rhode Islanders Avoid Long Nursing Home Stays

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:47:17 GMT

Nearly 500 Rhode Islanders avoided unnecessary long-term admission to a nursing home and almost 150 Rhode Islanders were successfully taken out of nursing homes as a result of Neighborhood Health Plan of RI's support of the Integrate Care Initiative . The data follows a three-year analysis of state and internal records.




Politics | Pell Bridge, Spending Reduction Tools: This Week at the State House

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:52:14 GMT

Plans were announced to reconfigure the Pell bridge ramps, a package of municipal spending tools was introduced and more. This week at the State House.




URI researchers awarded federal funding to improve environmental, behavioral health

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:46:40 GMT

Pilot Projects involving two researchers at the University of Rhode Island have been awarded federal funding through Advance Clinical and Translational Research , a statewide effort to support clinical research that can be translated into approaches and policies that improve the health of Rhode Islanders. Marcella Thompson, assistant professor in the College of Nursing/Academic Health Collaborative, and Kunal Mankodiya, assistant professor in the College of Engineering, along with colleagues at Brown University and Bradley Hospital, will each receive one-year grants of $75,000 through Advance-CTR's initial round of funding.




R.I. to spend $10M to fund 10 bike infrastructure projects

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:49:01 GMT

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island officials say $10 million has been set aside to fund 10 bike path projects in the state. The Providence Journal reports that three extensions are planned for the Blackstone River Bikeway to add more than 2 ½ miles of off-road trails in Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, Woonsocket and North Smithfield.




RIDOH Celebrates Three Communities for Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:19:32 GMT

In observance of national Kick Butts Day, the Rhode Island Department of Health is recognizing teenagers and leaders in three communities for their work over the last year to pass local requirements aimed at keeping youth from accessing tobacco products in all forms, preventing nicotine addiction, and protecting youth from tobacco-related death and disease. "Big tobacco continues to shamelessly target youth and lower income communities with their dangerous, highly addictive products," said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH.




News | RI Ranks as the Least Dependent State on the Gun Industry in U.S.

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:52:25 GMT

Rhode Island's relationship with the gun industry is very limited. Few jobs are tied to the industry and comparitively little gun related political donations in Rhode Island as compared to other states.




McNamara bill package focuses on seniors, has AARP support

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 03:19:02 GMT

Representative Joseph McNamara has introduced a package of legislation that has Rhode Island's senior citizens in mind.




RI opens 'baby court' to help struggling first-time parents

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:43:22 GMT

The Rhode Island Family Court has opened a "baby court" to help struggling first-time parents whose cases involve state intervention. It's intended to provide expedited services in cases involving first-time parents with babies up to 12 months old where the Department of Children , Youth and Families is involved.




The Latest: Ponies roam Staten Island amid winter storm

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:23:04 GMT

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the wind knocked over the turbine at Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett on Tuesday. It's owned by the state Department of Environmental Management.




News | Raimondo Announces Investments in 10 New Bikeway Projects

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:54:26 GMT

Governor Gina Raimondo announced that ten new bikeway projects creating 10 new miles of path will be created across Rhode Island as part of the first wave of investments under the Green Economy bond. The first wave of investments totals $10 million and will be funded by the $35 million bond passed last November.