Elected officials and local dignitaries will be on hand to celebrate Women’s History Month at Slater Mill in Pawtucket Monday.
The event will also address economic issues for women. Gendered wage gaps remain persistent in the Ocean State. That’s according to data from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, the advocacy non-profit sponsoring the event.
Featured guest, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, says that makes Slater Mill especially appropriate, due to female mill workers’ early fights for equity.
PARCC testing begins Monday for thousands of Rhode Island students, who are taking the test on computers.
Critics say the test fails to accommodate students who need extra time and students with learning disabilities. But Education officials say students will have ample time to complete PARCC, whether they take it online or on paper.
Governor Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal includes some new initiatives for the environment, including a larger role for the state’s Clean Water Finance Agency. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to discuss the environmental impact of the budget.
On Saturday, March 14th, and on four additional Saturdays, the Cranston Public Library on Sockanosset Cross Rd. screens its "Unreeled Film Series."
The series celebrating movies not for their cinematic merit, but for their unique awfulness. Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman spoke with Katy Dorchies and Lisa Zawadzki of the Cranston Library, two of the people responsible for choosing the films.
Set in 1965 playwright John Guare's “The House of Blue Leaves” was a groundbreaking work, an American family drama set amid European-like absurdity. Now the Gamm Theatre has revived “Blue Leaves.” Bill Gale says it holds up, pretty well.
The state’s unemployment rate ticked down in January, compared to the same month a year ago. The rate is now 6.5 percent; the state’s lowest since the start of the recession.
That’s down more than two percentage points since January of last year (when it stood at 8.6). It’s been seven years since the state’s unemployment rate has been this low, back in February of 2008. Despite the good news, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national average, of 5.7 percent.
Legislative leaders Thursday praised the first budget presented by Governor Gina Raimondo. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said the spending plan avoids broad-based tax increases while promoting economic development.
“I think the overall balance is good, even though some of the decisions within that balance – whether they’re on the revenue side or the cut side – is something that none of us want to consider,” said Mattiello.
A top legislative Republican praised Governor Gina Raimondo for expressing an optimistic message in her budget address last night. But Foster Representative Michael Chippendale said the state GOP also has a number of concerns about Raimondo’s spending plan.
“While it was stated that there were no broad-based tax increases, we do see some that we do not find particularly attractive, particularly the HealthSource Rhode Island example,” said Chippendale.
The Pawcatuck River will have one less dam along its river in the near future. The Nature Conservancy has filed a wetlands permit application in Rhode Island to remove the White Rock Dam beginning this summer.
A new study shows that per-capita fire service costs are higher in Rhode Island than other parts of the country.
Research by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block indicates a $350 per capita cost for fire services in the Providence area. By comparison, the per capita cost in Dallas is just $173. Phoenix spends about $210 per person.