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8:20 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Police Name Child Killed By RIPTA Bus

The fatal bus accident happened on a busy stretch of Smith Street near downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender

Police have identified the nine-year-old girl fatally struck on Thursday by a public bus in Providence.

According to police, she was third-grader Ani Emdjian. She was walking to school with her father when she was hit, a little before 9 o'clock in the morning. She died at a hospital some time later.

The accident on Smith Street, just blocks from the statehouse, involved a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. Police have now identified the driver as 42-year-old Eric Seaberg of Smithfield. 

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

National Ceramics Conference Wraps Up In Providence

Ceramic art hangs on the walls of the RI Convention Center, at the National Council for the Ceramic Arts conference in Providence.
Credit Emily Wooldridge / RIPR

A major ceramics conference is drawing thousands of people to the Rhode Island Convention Center. The conference features a variety of ceramic art – from traditional bowls to sculptures and even a pile of high heeled shoes. 

It is put on annually by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Organizer Jacqueline Hardy said the work comes from across the globe.  

“All over the country, international; we come from Australia, China, Japan, Canada of course,” said Hardy.

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Education
9:38 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Cost Of Incarceration Subject Of Roger Williams' Conference

Roger Williams University Law School hosts a conference on the cost of incarceration.
Credit RIPR FILE

Hundreds of people convene Friday at Roger Williams University Law School for a conference on the cost of incarceration. The event will bring local and national experts together to discuss the problems in the criminal justice system.

Judge Judith Savage is a justice in residence at Roger Williams, and she organized this conference. She said Rhode Island is in the top five states when it comes to the number of residents on probation. That means they are more likely to struggle to find work or get an education.

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RI News
9:26 am
Fri March 27, 2015

'Empty Bowls' Highlights Local Artists, Raises Funds To Fight Hunger

The Rhode Island Food Bank is hosting a fundraiser Friday night with a twist. The event called “Empty Bowls” lets participants eat soup from local restaurants in bowls created by local and national artists. 

Participants can take the bowls home with them at the end of the evening. Food Bank spokesman Hugh Minor says the concept was created by a Michigan ceramics teacher and his wife twenty-five years ago.

“They got to take this bowl home as a symbol of what they’d done and the fact that there still were empty bowls in their community,” said Minor.

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Economy
9:03 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Attendance Up At RI Convention Center Despite Harsh Winter

Rhode Island Convention Center
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend a ceramics conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center through Saturday. The event is one of several that have brought large crowds over the winter. Attendance has gone up at the convention center despite the bad weather. 

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RI News
1:10 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Nine Year Old Girl Fatally Struck By RIPTA Bus In Providence

Smith St. between Fran Conway Place and Holden St. was the site of a fatal bus accident on Thursday.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Police are investigating a fatal accident involving a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. The bus struck and killed a nine-year-old girl in Providence on Thursday morning.

RIPTA says the accident happened on Smith Street at approximately 8:40 a.m., just blocks from the Rhode Island Statehouse. 

A bus traveling away from downtown Providence hit the girl, who was on foot. Police say she died of her injuries. 

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Artscape
8:51 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Local Author Weaves Murder Mystery Through Streets Of Providence

Providence lawyer and mystery writer Jack Partridge is out with his third book.  His latest novel, Scratched, unravels the mystery of a dead university professor with ties to Providence’s Italian community.  

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay spoke with Partridge to talk about his novel and what makes Providence a great setting for a murder mystery.

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RI News
12:31 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Rhode Island Radio Hall Of Fame To Honor CBS' Fred Friendly

Credit Television, 1st Edition/Museum of Broadcast Communications

  The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees.  Legendary CBS journalist Fred Friendly is on the list.

Friendly, who passed away in 1998, got his start in broadcast journalism in Rhode Island.  After graduating from Hope High School in Providence, he went on to work at radio station WEAN.

Friendly moved onto television at CBS, where he created the news documentary program with Edward R. Murrow, See It Now. Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame spokeswoman Debbie Rich said the show was groundbreaking.

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RI News
8:58 am
Wed March 25, 2015

New Legislation Could Up Cigarette Purchase Age To 21

Rhode Island's current purchase age for cigarettes is 18. That could go up to 21 under proposed legislation.
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Lawmakers will consider legislation today that would up the legal age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. Rhode Islanders can currently start buying cigarettes at age 18. 

The new legislation would bar people under the age of 21 from buying cigarettes, or any other tobacco related products.  That includes cigars, chewing tobacco, and the increasingly popular e-cigarettes.

The House Committee on health, education and welfare is taking up the bill.

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RI News
9:21 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Critical Senate Report Calls For Increased Oversight Of State DCYF

Senator Lou DiPalma (D) of Middletown served on the task force that issued a critical report of Rhode Island's DCYF.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

A Senate task force has come out with a troubling report on Rhode Island’s Department of Children Youth and Families – the agency that oversees child welfare and the state’s foster care system.  The report found significant evidence that some children in the system are not being well-served. Now serious questions are being raised about how the department is run.

Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison talked about the issue with task force co-chair State Senator Lou DiPalma.

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