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July 25, 2014
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Memorial Hospital to join Care New England By KRISTIN GOURLAY
Memorial Hospital is set to join Care New England, one of Rhode Island's multi-hospital health care systems.
Pay raise for RI minimum wage workers By CATHERINE WELCH
Minimum wage workers in Rhode Island are getting a pay raise Tuesday. The state's minimum wage is going up for the first time in five years.
How to keep your New Year's resolution By CATHERINE WELCH
If you want to keep those New Year's resolutions, one University of Rhode Island professor says the best way is to create a plan. URI kinesiology professor Bryan Blissmer says break the big goal into manageable steps and monitor yourself to help stay on track.
Gas prices hold steady in RI By CATHERINE WELCH
For the second week in a row, gas prices remained unchanged in the Ocean State. Drivers are seeing prices holding steady at $3.51 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.
You can't read the tea leaves for RI politics By SCOTT MACKAY
With a new year comes the inevitable round of Rhode Island political prognosticating. Anybody who says they know what is going to happen probably doesn't.
URI study: weight-loss drug may alter effectiveness of other drugs By SUMMER ALLEN
A study by a University of Rhode Island scientist suggests that a popular weight-loss drug may cause liver and kidney damage and alter the effectiveness of other drugs.
Rep. Morgan calls for RI to comply with gun background check rules By KRISTIN GOURLAY
State representative Patricia Morgan is calling on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to step up efforts to restrict gun ownership by people with mental illness.
Governor Chafee reflects on year past and year coming By IAN DONNIS
A persistently high unemployment rate and the fate of last year's pension overhaul in mediation are some of the top issues facing the state starting next month. Governor Lincoln Chafee recently sat down to discuss those and other issues with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.
Preventing holiday back pain By CATHERINE WELCH
If you're feeling a bit of back pain this holiday season, one University of Rhode Island professor says a few changes in habits and a bit of mindfulness can help.
Professor says some harvesting of coral is good By BRADLEY CAMPBELL
The trade of live coral for home aquariums is continuing to drop internationally. While the practice is in decline, a Roger Williams University professor says promoting its growth has the ability to actually help coral reefs.
Winter storm puts Nat'l Grid on alert By KRISTIN GOURLAY
A powerful winter storm headed for New England has power company workers on standby to respond to outages. Here's an update on National Grid's preparations.
Gov. Chafee on settling pension issue By IAN DONNIS
Governor Lincoln Chafee says he and the General Assembly have most of the authority to approve a settlement in a legal challenge to last year's landmark pension overhaul.
RI compounding pharmacy reopens, scrutiny continues By KRISTIN GOURLAY

A South Kingstown compounding pharmacy ordered closed until it corrected some unlawful practices has reopened. But public scrutiny of compounding pharmacies continues.

Nutcracker display brightens URI library By SUMMER ALLEN
The URI library is featuring a display of nutcrackers and other carved figures from the Ore Mountain region of Germany.
The right shoes can prevent back pain By CATHERINE WELCH
If you're feeling a bit of back pain this holiday season, one University of Rhode Island professor says a few changes in habits and a bit of mindfulness can help.
The battle over the state pension system will spill into 2013 By SCOTT MACKAY
After the usual starts and sputtering stops, it looks like the combatants in the state public pension joust will be sitting down to try to forge a compromise on the legal issues that have landed Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul in court.
RI prepares to remember the King march 50 years ago By FLO JONIC
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is looking for people who participated in the March on Washington 50 years ago. It's been half a century since a quarter million Americans jammed the Washington Mall to applaud Martin Luther King's now-famous "I have a dream speech" in which he demanded a fair shake for African Americans.
Brown researcher looking into why Mars is dry By BRADLEY CAMPBELL
A geologist from Brown University is trying to figure out how the planet of Mars dried out. Ralph Milliken has been analyzing data from the Mars rover.
RIPTA on a holiday schedule By FLO JONIC
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will be on a holiday schedule Christmas and New Year's Day. RIPTA offices will be open during regular business hours on Wednesday, December 26th and Wednesday, January 2nd.
The Bottom Line: Developing along the East Providence waterfront By DAVE FALLON & MARK MURPHY
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.