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R.I. boasts high rate of overweight adolescents

R.I. boasts high rate of overweight adolescents

November 21, 2014 0 comments

A Rhode Island Department of Health study that found that 11 percent of high school students had BMIs above the 95th percentile, qualifying them as obese.

State insurance exchange reopens for enrollment

November 20, 2014 1 comment

HealthSource RI, the state health insurance exchange, opened its second enrollment period Nov. 15 to allow individuals and families to renew their coverage.

The award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities — presented by First Lady Michelle Obama — comprises $10,000 and a year of communications and developmental support.

CityArts for Youth receives recognition for excellence in programming

November 20, 2014 0 comments

Providence CityArts for Youth was honored Nov. 10 in Washington with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 has served as Warwick mayor, a U.S. senator and Rhode Island’s governor. He began his career as a Republican before becoming an Independent and, in 2013, joining the Democratic Party.

Chafee reflects on career in public office

November 20, 2014 0 comments

Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 has been preparing for an imminent move out of his office in the Statehouse as his sole term as governor draws to an end.

Students, policy officials and Providence residents participate in a community forum on drug policy. The conversation centered around incarceration rates and health research, focusing in on the potential costs and benefits of legalizing marijuana.

At forum, participants favor marijuana legalization

November 19, 2014 0 comments

The “explosion” of the American prison population is tied with the fact that 56 percent of federal offenders are in prison for nonviolent drug offenses.

Number of off-season, out-of-state tourists doubles in R.I.

November 18, 2014 0 comments

The number of out-of-state visitors to Rhode Island will double this year during what is typically the off-season period from Nov. 8 to Dec. 7.

Sister development companies Lincoln and Phoenix bought parcel 28 of the former I-195 land to build a six-story, suite-style apartment complex, with construction slated to begin this summer.

Commission approves first I-195 land proposal

November 18, 2014 0 comments

At an I-195 Redevelopment District meeting Monday, the commission voted to approve a proposal to build a six-story suite-style apartment complex.

Local students share views on education

November 14, 2014 0 comments

To shift the discussion on education away from the “ivory tower of academics and policymakers,” the discussion was handed over to the students themselves

Scholars debate incarceration

November 13, 2014 0 comments

“What do we owe the offending class?” asked Glenn Loury, professor of economics, in a discussion-based talk on mass incarceration.

Gaming tax revenues are the state’s third-largest source of revenue, but more casinos in Massachusetts are expected to decrease state revenue.

Casinos in neighboring Mass. could hurt state revenue

November 13, 2014 0 comments

Gaming revenues for casinos in the state will drop between 30 and 38 percent in the next five years, mostly due to increased competition from Massachusetts.