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4:45 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

RI Public Radio, ProJo, RI Monthly, URI Filmmaker Win Metcalf Journalism Awards

The annual Metcalf Awards for Diversity in Media in Rhode Island have been announced by Rhode Island for Community and Justice. For the second year in the past three years, RI Public Radio education reporter and current interim news director Elisabeth Harrison has won a Metcalf. She won for a story entitled `Transgender Bullying’ at Goff Junior High School in Pawtucket. Veteran ProJo reporter Tom Mooney, a fine writer, won for his article `On Patrol, Reflections About Race.’

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On Politics
3:59 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Time to Regulate Pot Like Booze?

Credit Federal Wildlife Service

A push to legalize marijuana – once again – has returned to the Statehouse.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses what has become a perennial issue.

Except for speeding on Rhode Island’s roads, is there a law more frequently scoffed at by citizens than the ban on recreational use of marijuana?
As the General Assembly again tackles the prickly issue of legalizing marijuana, it is well beyond the time for rigorous study of a policy that too often devolves into cliché and anecdotal opinion.

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The Education Blog
2:46 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Providence Superintendent Resigns Abruptly

Susan Lusi was first appointed to lead Providence Public Schools in 2011.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Providence Superintendent of Schools Susan Lusi has announced she will not return for another school year. 

The announcement comes with only about two months left in the current school year. Superintendent Lusi declined to be interviewed for this story, but in a press release, says she wants to pursue other professional opportunities.

After four years leading Providence schools, Lusi touts improvements in the high school graduation rate and reading scores.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says the school board will begin an immediate search for her successor. 

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Environment
11:10 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Newport Third Graders Lobby For Official State Insect

The American Burying Beetle
Credit St. Michael's Country Day School

A group of third graders in Newport hope to convince lawmakers to name an official state insect.  The students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport want to make the American Burying Beetle the Ocean State’s official bug.

Their teacher Linda Spinney says the students will make their case at the Statehouse Thursday before lawmakers.

“We’re taking the school bus up there today. It will be a late night for them but I think their parents want them to really see the process and where it takes you when your voices are heard.”

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Environment
8:58 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Providence and South Counties Receive An 'F' For Air Quality

The American Lung Association has given RI an 'F' for air quality.
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

Hot days last summer triggered high levels of smog pollution across the state, especially in Providence. 

The city earned an F in this year’s State of the Air report, issued by the American Lung Association. Karina Holyoak Wood is the organization’s public policy director in Rhode Island. She said tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have chronic lung problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

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