Providence

Weather
9:15 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Storm Dumps Nearly A Foot Of Snow On Rhode Island

Crews clear the sidewalk in downtown Providence as the sun came up Wednesday morning. Rhode Island got hit with nearly a foot of snow.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island is waking up under a blanket of snow, the second storm of the year. Forecasters said the storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on some parts of the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said some places got hit with almost a foot. “Heaviest snowfall so far has been over Providence County, said Dunham. “Leader of the pack right now is North Smithfield with eleven inches.”

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The Education Blog
9:09 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Providence City Council Calls for Pause on High Stakes Testing

The Providence City Council wants to delay a testing requirement for high school seniors, taking effect for the first time this year. The council unanimously passed a resolution last week requesting the pause, citing new advice from education officials that would exempt students accepted at competitive colleges.

Providence City Councilman Sam Zurier says the exemption seems unfair to most Providence students, who are more likely go to community college or straight to work.

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The Bottom Line
5:31 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Bottom Line: The Future Of The Dynamo House

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Providence Business News staff writer Patrick Anderson. They discuss potential development of the old Providence waterfront power plant called Dynamo House. It’s entangled in ownership, legal and regulatory issues.

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Providence
2:10 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Providence Seeks Audit Of Local Non-Profit

The city of Providence is seeking to audit the non-profit organization the Urban League of Rhode Island.

The League is trying to sell their headquarters, despite a contract with the city.

In 1990 Providence sold the Urban League of Rhode Island their current headquarters for one dollar.

The non-profit moved into the building under the condition that it would be returned to the city, if the group ever left.

Now the Providence Journal reports that Urban League wants to sell its headquarters for $2.6 million.

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The Bottom Line
2:10 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The Bottom Line: The Art of Management at AS220

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with AS220 artistic director Bert Crenca. They discuss the relationship between a strong arts community and the local economy. And the particular management and funding challenges AS220 faces as it grows from a one-room operation into a major cultural presence in Rhode Island.

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The Bottom Line
3:02 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Bottom Line: How the EB-5 Program Lures Jobs To Rhode Island

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Henry Diamond, president and co-founder of Pathway Capital Partners LLC of Providence. They look at a process that is new in Rhode Island to attract foreign investment to state-based projects. It’s called the EB-5 Immigrant Investors Program.

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Providence Mayoral Race
10:49 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Providence Mayoral Candidate Unveils Public Safety Plan

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled a plan Thursday to improve public safety in the capital city.

Smiley wants to use a proposed 10 percent surcharge on gun and ammunition sales to bolster nonviolence programs. He said the legislature can be encouraged to pass that surcharge even though the General Assembly has been reluctant to pass new gun measures.

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On Politics
3:01 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

So you think your family is dysfunctional? Try to top Rep. Charlene Lima's

So you think you have a dysfunctional family and are dreading the holidays. Well, the odds are very good that your kin are not as divided as that of Rep. Charlene Lima, a Democrat who represents parts of Cranston and Providence.

Lima is married to a former Democratic state representative, Frank Fiorenzano, a notorious  Providence pol who was convicted in the 1990s of obtaining money under false pretenses after he bilked Statehouse employees and other politicians out of thousands of dollars in a doomed Ponzi-type scheme.

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RI News
12:07 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

20K Sign Petition Demanding Apology From Bishop Tobin

A petition of 20,000 signatures are seeking an apology from Bishop Thomas Tobin for his comments about Nelson Mandela
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Catholic lay group has presented Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin with 20,000 petition signatures demanding an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.

They came with a request, “Could you please make sure these are delivered to Bishop Tobin? And after he’s done reading them would you encourage him to recycle the paper,” asked Gina Buckley O’Toole.

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Religion
8:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For Mandela Statement

Tobin released a statement criticizing Nelson Mandela's legalization of abortion in South Africa, for which he has received his own criticism.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

At ten o’clock Wednesday morning, a group of Catholics will converge on the  office of Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin to demand an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela had been dead only two days when Bishop Thomas Tobin made a statement that has drawn criticism. He said that while Mandela did much to improve the lives of South Africans his legalization of abortion was, quote, “shameful.”

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