WRNI – A plan by the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education to set new standards for the length of the school day in the state has under-gone some changes. The Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education votes on the proposal Thursday. Morning Edition host Deborah Becker with Commissioner of Education Peter McWalters about the plan.
WRNI – WRNI Morning Edition host Deborah Becker talks with acting Blue Cross and Blue Shield president James Purcell about their efforts to reconcile differences with health care providers and their opposition to proposed regulatory legislation.
WRNI – Former Rhode Island National Guard Brigadier General Rick Baccus oversaw military police operations at Guantanamo Bay. He discusses the treatment of detainees at Guantanomo and the separate roles of interrogators and military police.
WRNI – Opponents of gay marriage say marriages of same-sex couples from other states are not legally valid. The governor of Massachusetts is directing that they not be recorded by the state's registry of vital statistics, but supporters and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch say Massachusetts marriages should be recognized here. WRNI's Mark Degon attended the wedding of one Rhode Island couple at Worcester city hall.
WRNI – Universalist Minister W. Scott Axford disagrees with most Unitarian Universalists on the issue of gay marriage. He tells WRNI Morning Edition host Deborah Becker that he thinks a same sex marriage cannot be a Christian marriage.
WRNI – Gay Marriage is now legal in Massachusetts but legal questions remain about the recognition of same sex marriage - especially for couples who are not Massachusetts residents. WRNI Morning Edition host Deborah Becker talks with Roger Williams University Law School Professor Emily Sack.
WRNI – Blue Bross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island is out with a set of changes. Most of them apply to the board or top executives, and most are in response to demands from Governor Carcieri and the general assembly. State house leaders say the moves are a good step, but not a substitute for proposed legislation. Doctors and some consumer groups call the plans woefully inadequate. WRNI's Martha Bebinger reports.
WRNI – For the first time ever, a Rhode Island teacher has been named National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Kathleen Mellor is an ESL teacher in North Kingston. She talks with Morning Edition host Deborah Becker from Washington where she will be honored in a ceremony at the White House. This is the first time an English as Second Language teacher has been chosen for the honor, which has been awarded since 1952.