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Health Equity Summit Participants Lay Out Action Steps for a Stronger Rhode Island

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:45:16 GMT

More than 500 community members, legislators, members of the business community, and representatives from fields including public health, healthcare, law enforcement, education, and academia gathered today at the Rhode Island Department of Health 2016 Health Equity Summit to discuss the steps necessary to build healthier communities and a healthier Rhode Island. The event's 10 breakout sessions focused on, among other issues, health systems transformation, housing, community-police partnerships, food systems, behavioral health, climate change, and education.

Politics | Fecteau: Raimondo Deserves a Credible Primary Opponent

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:48:37 GMT

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo should face a sincere and credible primary opponent this coming election season. Even with such a controversial tenure, she seems beholden to no one.

Nightclub victims' kin: Oakland fire families face long road

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:29:08 GMT

In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo Jessica Garvey, of Woonsocket, R.I., front, steadies a cross at the site of the deadly fire at The Station nightclub during the 10th anniversary in West Warwick, R.I. Relatives of those killed in a 2003 nightclub fire that claimed 100 lives in Rhode Island said they see troubling parallels with the warehouse party fire in Oakland, Calif. As a criminal investigation unfolds, they're warning of a long legal road ahead.

Education Secretary joins RI leaders, students to celebrate computer sciences

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:40:02 GMT

Rhode Island leaders and schools kicked off Computer Science Education Week by welcoming a high-caliber guest to the state Monday.

News | Governor Directs U.S. & RI Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in...

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:21:33 GMT

Governor Gina Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on December 7, in honor of the lives lost and forever changed on December 7, 1941. "We will always remember those who paid the ultimate price at Pearl Harbor and honor their courage and valor," said Raimondo.

Mom loses benefits after status of 4 kids changed to dead

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:45:10 GMT

A Rhode Island mother says she lost her child care voucher when the state's new benefits computer system mistakenly changed the status of her four children from living to dead. Jasmine Tinker is a substitute teacher at Head Start, in Newport.

News | The Rise and Fall of Dan Doyle

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:02:14 GMT

After leading an organization that brought world leaders to the state, Dan Doyle's Institute for International Sport was going to be the global model for diplomacy for youth worldwide, with the Rhode Island playing a feature role. Now, after a long and drawn out embezzlement trial that ended in a jury finding Doyle guilty on eighteen counts of fraud and embezzlement, it all ended Monday in a courtroom in South County.

Newport Poised to Compete For 'Innovation' Dollars

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:30:19 GMT

Dec. 05 --With the soaring arch of the Newport-Pell Bridge as a backdrop, a possible in-state rivalry is emerging in Rhode Island's long-running economic reinvention drama. Some 30 miles south of the state capital, Newport is pushing a technology-centered, research cluster redevelopment plan similar to, and possibly competing with, plans Providence and state officials have been working on for years.

Rhode Island lawmakers propose anti-panhandling crackdown

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:13:38 GMT

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: PROVIDENCE - Now that a Rhode Island city's anti-panhandling ordinance has been declared unconstitutional for violating free-speech rights, state lawmakers are looking for other ways to stop drivers from rolling down their windows to hand out money. At least two lawmakers are drafting legislation for next year's General Assembly session that would effectively outlaw panhandling that has become increasingly visible on urban and suburban roadways.

News | NEW: Body of Patti Pendleton Found in Arcadia

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:18:10 GMT

The body of missing hiker Patti Pendleton, who had been reported missing on November 29, has been found in the Arcadia Management Area, according to reports. The Rhode Island State Police said Sunday night that Coventry Police and the Department of Environmental Management were the leads on the case; Lt.

RIDOH, EOHHS, and Community Partners Working Toward Ambitious HIV Targets

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:02:11 GMT

As a part of work to ensure that all Rhode Islanders with HIV have the opportunity to live long, full, productive lives, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services continue to coordinate closely with community partners throughout the state to meet aggressive HIV targets by 2020. Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, provided an update on this work, which is known as the 90-90-90 Campaign, at a state house event today, World AIDS Day.

Politics | Chair Calls on Ri Gop to Drop Their Subscriptions to the Providence Journal

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:00:06 GMT

In a mass email campaign to Rhode Island Republicans, GOP Chair Brandon Bell is calling on Republicans across the state to drop their subscriptions to the New York-owned Providence Journal. The newspaper, which was once the leading Rhode Island voice for Republican and moderate stances, shifted dramatically in the fall of 2016 when it issued a 180 degree reverse position and went from constantly criticizing Speaker of the House Nick Mattiello to praising him and endorsing his re-election.

Roberta Humble knows how to turn Rhode Island into a game

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:49:32 GMT

Rhode Islanders are passionate about their state, and Roberta Mudge Humble has discovered a unique way of sharing love for the Ocean State with both the "native and naA ve."

ND and MN ranked among worst drivers in the nation

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:26:44 GMT

We've all done it, been cut off by a driver, looked at their license plate, and thought, "Oh, it figures." Well a new study shows people around the country may be saying that about us.

Utah has lowest rate of diabetes in country, report finds

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:52:31 GMT

State health officials say Utah's high rate of physical activity, coupled with its relatively low obesity rate, explains why a recent national report found that Utah had the lowest rate of diabetes in the U.S. last year. The Gallup Healthways report, released Wednesday, found that the rate of diabetes in Utah was 7.4 percent in 2015, an amount much lower than the national estimate of 11.4 percent.

Agencies, businesses team up for Toys for Tots

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:00:07 GMT

The holiday season is a happy one for so many people across Rhode Island. But some cannot afford to celebrate the same way many of us do.

DEM advises to plan ahead for snow removal

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:48:29 GMT

As winter approaches, The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have set up guidelines to assist Rhode Island organizations to begin preparations for snow disposal sites. Authorities say the guidelines are there to help minimize impacts on public health and the environment, due to harmful chemicals that may be found in snow collected from roads, parking lots, and bridges that can compromise water supplies.