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RI News
8:45 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Rising Tide: For Some In Central Falls, Recession Is Still Reality

Mi Pueblo Market on Dexter street survived the great recession, but for many customers, they're still feeling the effects.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This story is part of our series “Rising Tide” about how – or whether - Rhode Islanders are emerging from the deepest economic recession since the 1930s. The question we’re asking is: does a rising tide really lift all boats, or are some Rhode Islanders still being left behind?

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RI News
11:23 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Bristol Based Company Hoping To Help Set World Surfboard Record

Bristol-based engineering company helped build a surfboard that could set a world record. The board would be the world’s largest, at 42 feet long and 11 feet wide.

Company president John Barnitt said it started with a phone call out-of-the-blue from an Australian surfboard company. They wanted his company, Mould-CAM, to help them build, the massive surfboard.

This summer, 62 people will ride the board simultaneously, in an attempt to break the world record. Barnitt says he is excited about the project, but won’t be riding the waves himself.

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Environment
10:02 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Local Group Launches Recycling Campaign As Earth Day Approaches

Credit Lisa

In advance of Earth Day, the agency that runs the Central Landfill has launched a recycling campaign. The campaign includes TV and radio spots and a series of web videos. 

The goal of the campaign is to remind people how to recycle properly. Sarah Kite, director of recycling services, says workers at the recycling facility continuously find items that don’t belong in there.

“You really shouldn’t be putting dirty diapers in your recycling. You shouldn’t be putting garden hoses. You shouldn’t be putting plastic bags. Food does not belong in your recycling bin.”

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Arts & Culture
9:33 am
Tue April 14, 2015

National Endowment For The Humanities Chairman, On RI Roots, And Preserving Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities chairman William Adams at RIPR's Providence studios.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities visited Rhode Island Monday. 

The agency has invested millions of dollars in Rhode Island cultural institutions including the Rhode Island Historical Society and Brown University. NEH also has roots in Rhode Island. It was created thanks in part to a bill sponsored by the late Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell. NEH Chair William Adams spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay about that history and why he thinks the federal government should continue funding for the humanities.
 

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Politics
9:25 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Proposed State Pension Settlement Filed In Superior Court

A settlement in the state pension lawsuit would still need approval from the General Assembly.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Documents to formalize a settlement of the state pension lawsuit were filed Monday in Superior Court . The settlement faces several hurdles to be completed.

Lawyers announced in court earlier this month that most public employee unions and retirees had agreed to a proposed settlement to the legal challenge over Rhode Island’s 2011 pension overhaul. The attorneys are now following up by filing documents outlining the agreement.

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