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State Ed Commissioner Ken Wagner On Standardized Testing And Graduation

Education officials are backing away from a plan to require test scores for a high school diploma.
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Scott MacKay Commentary: Sanders, Trump Represented Change In RI Presidential Primaries

Rhode Island’s political establishment was rebuked in last week’s presidential primaries as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump coasted to victories.
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15 delegates, elected during last week's Presidential nominating primary, will head to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer to represent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The names were announced Tuesday by state Democratic Party chair Joseph McNamara.

Despite Sanders' victory over Clinton by more than 10 percentage points, the just eight delegates will represent the Vermont Senator. Delegates are split proportionally in Rhode Island. Seven delegates will represent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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A nonprofit that makes nutritional supplements for malnourished children is expanding operations in Rhode Island. Edesia has cut the ribbon on a new 83,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Quonset Business Park.

Edesia makes packets of what’s called ready-to-use food - essentially a heavily fortified peanut butter meant to treat severe malnutrition in children.

The company says packets were distributed to nearly a million children in 2015, most recently to Syrian refugees and victims of the Ethiopian drought.

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Performing elephants, a staple of the circus for decades, will no longer be part of the big-top event. The elephants' final performances were Sunday in Providence. The circus announced it would phase out elephant performances as the public voiced more and more opposition to the practice.

The political season keeps zipping along, with the calendar turning toward May. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, you can share your tips and comments, and follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

The Bottom Line: Creating A Culture Of Innovation

Apr 29, 2016

  Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Richard Culatta, Rhode Island’s first chief innovation officer, appointed in January.

They talk  fostering innovation in government, collaboration with businesses and the public, how to change old thinking about new ideas, and overcoming the “we’ve always done it this way” attitude.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

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Street closures are planned in Providence Sunday to make way for the 9th annual Providence marathon. The race starts at 7 a.m. and lasts until roughly 2 p.m.

Despite an early mix-up over race registration, some 3,000 runners are signed up to take part, several hundred more than organizers were expecting. 

Earlier this year, hundreds of runners signed up for the Providence marathon under a company that no longer organizes the race. After legal action, the current organizer was able to honor all registrations.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Time is almost up to see William Shakespeare’s First Folio on display at Brown University this month. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, the 17th Century book thought to have save some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays leaves Providence after the weekend.

photo by Megan Hall

Consolidation is the name of the health care game right now – but is it good for patients?

Let's review what's in the works in our state right now:

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Patrick Quinn, executive vice president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare1199NE, joins Political Roundtable

Patrick Quinn, executive vice president of SEIU Healthcare1199NE, joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss healthcare policy, the labor movement, and much more.

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