Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week, Dave and Mark talk with Scott DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of Providence-based global software company Utilidata. The company is partnering with Siemens to put voltage regulation software made by Utilidata into power grids. They discuss how more efficient power grids mean smaller power bills and the upside to having a global company in Rhode Island.
Providence Public Schools have maxed out their snow days. The district has called 5 snow days, already 2 more than they planned for.
Spokesperson Christina O’Reilly said the district will have to extend the school year until June 25th. “At this point we’ve assured families, and staff that February vacation is not going to be on the table,” said Reilly.
Congressman David Cicilline introduced a bill in House of Representatives bill Tuesday to name a South Providence post office after Sister Ann Keefe. Keefe was a community activist, who passed away last month from brain cancer.
Cicilline worked with Keefe for many years. She launched at least 22 organizations, including Providence CityArts for Youth and Providence’s Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.
More snow is hitting Rhode Island this morning. The National Weather Service predicts about a foot could fall in the northwestern part of the state.
Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rest of the state will see less of the white stuff. “It drops off fairly quickly, so that the immediate Providence-metro area is anywhere from 6-8 inches, and then the coastline is probably only on the order of like 3-6 or so.”
81 percent of the class of 2014 earned a diploma within four years, according to the latest numbers from the Rhode Island Department of Education. The state's high school graduation rate ticked up one percentage point from 2013, and was up four percentage points from 2011.
Dropout rates dropped by one percentage point to 8 percent.