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Battle With The Sea
6:30 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Battle With The Sea: In Westerly, Beach Town Still Shoring Up For Future Storms

Tom Retano's three-bedroom house in Misquamicut is temporarily elevated off its original foundation, as work to permanently elevate the house 15 feet above sea level began this summer.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Within four years, the town of Westerly experienced four major storms: the Great Flood of 2010, Hurricane Irene in 2011, Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and the February 2013 Nor’easter. Like many coastal cities and towns around the state, Westerly is also vulnerable to high tides that flood roads even without storms.

As part of our new ongoing series we’re calling “Battle With The Sea,” Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza looks at how the town of Westerly is wrestling to shore up homes and businesses for future climate change threats.

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Politics
8:39 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Judge OK's Jury Trial, Sets Date For RI Pension Overhaul Case

If the state pension overhaul is settled in mediation it will have to go back to the General Assembly for approval.
Credit File / RIPR

A legal observer says he expects the legal dispute over a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system to be settled out of court.

Roger Williams University Law School dean Michael Yelnosky said he’s fairly optimistic about the outlook for a settlement. “For a couple of reasons: one, they came so very close before; there continue to be lots of good reasons to settle on both sides,” said Yelnosky.

Efforts to settle the pension dispute fell apart in April when one of six plaintiff groups rejected a proposed deal.

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Theater Reviews
4:07 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Trinity Rep’s “Barefoot In The Park” Is Still Very Funny

Stephen Berenson as Victor Velasco, Charlie Thurston as Paul, Phyllis Kay as Mrs. Banks and Rebecca Gibel as Corie in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park at Trinity Rep.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Bill Gale admits that he raised an eyebrow when Trinity Rep announced it would do Neil Simon's 1963 hit “Barefoot in the Park.”  Why do that old joke carnival? he asked. But after seeing Trinity's production our critic has another view.

Yup, I do. Having seen this tight, funny and carefully thought out “Barefoot,” I'm saying, well, why not?”

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The Bottom Line
4:48 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The Bottom Line: Keeping Black Friday Dollars In RI

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

This week, Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation visits the program to discuss the latest push to shop local, the foundation’s legislative priorities and his take on the CVS move to build a technology hub in Boston.

When to Listen

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

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Thanksgiving Edition

This Thanksgiving, our political analyst Scott MacKay is thankful for Rhode Island politics; which he calls "the gift that keeps on giving."
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Reporters in the Ocean State often say Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving. This week, political analyst Scott MacKay and Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski join Weekend host Chuck Hinman to reflect upon this past year's news stories for which they're thankful.

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The Education Blog
3:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Artscape: Rock-a-Baby Brings Live Music To Infants And Toddlers

Singer Kate Jones shows children how to play a tone drum at a Rock-a-Baby class in Providence
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

It’s Thanksgiving, and for many families, that means time to jump in the car and visit with relatives. If your drive is a long one, you might put on some music to entertain the kids along the way. Almost all children naturally love music.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison visited a music class for tiny babies and toddlers, with a little something for adults too.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Focus On R.I. History In Our Public Schools

In this age of STEM and standardized tests, are we teaching enough Rhode Island history in our public schools?
Credit First Student Company

It sometimes seems as if all of our contemporary debates over education revolve around high-stakes testing. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says our schools are neglecting an important topic that isn’t tested.

Trying to figure out what’s happening in education nowadays is an exercise in futility. You have to learn a new language suffused with psycho babble and techno-speak:  educators use terms  like rubrics, social-emotional learning and  site-based management..

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Battle With The Sea
8:16 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Change Is Here (Part 2)

Matunuck residents Kevin McCloskey, Nancy Thoresen (middle), and Christa Thoresen share a photo opp with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Last week, we brought you the story of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s visit to Rhode Island. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse brought the Democratic senator, a strong coal advocate, to witness how climate change is wearing away the landscape here. Manchin learned from fishermen what challenges they’re facing in a changing ocean. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza brings you the second part of this story, when Manchin sees the effects climate change is having on land. 

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Bob Kerr Essay
2:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Bob Kerr: I’m Thankful For People Who Stop And Help Others

In late August, the power was shut off at the River United Methodist Church. The church, in the heart of downtown Woonsocket, was about a thousand bucks in arrears on its electric bill.  The guy from National Grid apologized for doing what he had to do.

Church members, who specialize in doing a whole lot with very little, scrambled to do what they always do.   They took food from freezers and refrigerators and headed to a nearby park to feed hungry people. 

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RI News
6:35 am
Sat November 22, 2014

What Obama’s Immigration Actions Mean For Undocumented Rhode Islanders

There’s reaction from across the nation to president Obama’s executive action making sweeping changes to the immigration system.  Here in Rhode Island the leader of House republicans, Brian Newberry said the president’s actions show disrespect for the law.

There are an estimated 35,000 undocumented residents living in the state. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with immigration attorney Roberto Gonzalez to discuss how the president’s actions will change lives here.

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