Local Features http://ripr.org en Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate http://ripr.org/post/rhody-votes-14-dems-governor-debate <p>The Democratic candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.&nbsp;</p><p>You can hear the program in its three segments here:</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:25:43 +0000 Catherine Welch 36435 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate Gist: High Stakes Testing Moratorium Is A Delay http://ripr.org/post/gist-high-stakes-testing-moratorium-delay <p></p><p>Rhode Island's Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is not giving up on efforts to link test scores to a high school diploma. Gist says a new state law barring the practice until 2017 is a delay, but she is still expecting the policy to take effect three years from now.</p><p>"While I'm disappointed about this because I feel confident that we are where we need to be to carry this out, I understand the decision," Gist told RIPR during an in-depth interview. "We are going to take a little bit more time, but what we're not going to do is lower our sense of urgency."</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:16:21 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36173 at http://ripr.org Gist: High Stakes Testing Moratorium Is A Delay Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-providence-mayoral-race-its-not-all-about-buddy <p>So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:04:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 35899 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy The Bottom Line: When Historic Tax Credits Are Off The Table http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-when-historic-tax-credits-are-table <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Grow Smart Rhode Island Executive Director Scott Wolf. They discuss the future of the historic tax credit and how projects waiting in the wings may never come to fruition.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:39:22 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 35897 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: When Historic Tax Credits Are Off The Table Bonus Q+A: Democratic Secretary Of State Candidate Gorbea On Her Run For Secretary Of State & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-democratic-secretary-state-candidate-gorbea-her-run-secretary-state-more <p>Candidate for Secretary of State, Democrat Nellie Gorbea joins us on Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the race for that office, and how she differs from current secretary Ralph Mollis, and how she would approach the job.&nbsp; And ways of improving the election process in Rhode Island.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:53:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 35885 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Gorbea On Cianci's Mayoral Run, Voter ID Law & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-gorbea-ciancis-mayoral-run-voter-id-law-more <p>Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins the Political Roundtable this week, to discuss the Providence mayor's race and the newest candidate, Buddy Cianci; voter identification law; casino gambling in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; and high stakes testing in high schools.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:27:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 35884 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Gorbea On Cianci's Mayoral Run, Voter ID Law & More Special Education Program Brings Kids Back To Their Classrooms http://ripr.org/post/special-education-program-brings-kids-back-their-classrooms <p>Schools in Rhode Island spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on special education, a broad category that includes physical and learning disabilities, emotional problems and autism.</p><p>Right now, the students needing the most attention are often sent to special schools, but a growing program from Bradley Hospital shows promise in reducing the cost of special education by keeping more students in their own school districts, in their own schools.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:59:40 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35308 at http://ripr.org Special Education Program Brings Kids Back To Their Classrooms The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island? http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-what-lured-woody-allen-rhode-island <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and TV Office. They start the conversation with more details about the Woody Allen movie shooting in the state next month, what it takes to lure a production like that too Rhode Island and whether the state’s tax credit program is competitive.</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 35087 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island? Mayor Avedisian: We’re Working On A New City Budget http://ripr.org/post/mayor-avedisian-we-re-working-new-city-budget <p>Warwick city officials are hammering out the details of a city budget that’s been at the center of a dispute between the city council and the mayor. Hanging in the balance is the property tax rate that will cover the new budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Warwick Mayor Scott</p><p></p><p></p><p>Avedisian to find out where the city is in buttoning down the budget,&nbsp; and what residents can expect on their next tax bill.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:40:16 +0000 Catherine Welch 35141 at http://ripr.org Mayor Avedisian: We’re Working On A New City Budget 2nd Story’s “Freud’s Last Session” Is Quick And Sharp http://ripr.org/post/2nd-story-s-freud-s-last-session-quick-and-sharp <p></p><p>It’s September, 1939 and the carnage of World War II is just beginning. Germany has invaded Poland. The British and their allies are preparing to fight. The world is on edge.</p><p>And, frankly, so are Dr. Freud and Professor Lewis, two of the great intellectuals of their time who are meeting in Freud’s office in England. But it’s not the Nazi war machine or the reluctant answer of its provocations by the British that’s under debate.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:05:00 +0000 Bill Gale 35009 at http://ripr.org 2nd Story’s “Freud’s Last Session” Is Quick And Sharp