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11:12 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Local Officials Gather In Celebration Of Women's History

Senator Jack Reed is one of several local officials who will take part in the state's celebration of Women's History Month Monday at Slater Mill in Pawtucket.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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The Education Blog
10:48 am
Mon March 16, 2015

New Standardized PARCC Testing Begins For Many RI Public Schools

Most Rhode Island public schools begin PARCC standardized testing this week.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

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Environment
9:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

The Environmental Impact Of The State Budget

Misquamicut Beach in Westerly.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:16 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

So Bad, They're Good! Cranston Library Debuts "Unreeled Film Series"

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.

For a list of films and dates of screening:  www.cranstonlibrary.org/unreeled-film-series

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Theater Reviews
11:40 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Gamm Theatre's "House Of Blue Leaves" Is An Odd Delight

From left to right: Tom Gleadow (Artie Shaughnessy), Rachel Dulude (Bunny Flingus), Jeanine Kane (Bananas Shaughnessy), Karen Carpenter (Corrinna Stroller)
Credit Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

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.

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Economy
11:02 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Rhode Island's Unemployment Numbers Down For January

RI's unemployment ticked down in the first month of 2015.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

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.

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Politics
10:23 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Legislative Leaders Praise Raimondo's FY2016 Budget Proposal

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed addresses the General Assembly, during Gov. Raimondo's presentation of her first state budget proposal.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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Politics
10:15 am
Fri March 13, 2015

State Republicans React To Gov. Raimondo's First Budget Proposal

Republican Representative of Foster, Michael Chippendale, responds to the governor's proposed budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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Environment
8:41 am
Wed March 11, 2015

White Rock Dam Removal Project On Schedule

The Nature Conservancy reports the removal of the White Rock Dam along the Pawcatuck River is on schedule. The organization has filed wetlands permit applications in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Scott Comings Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

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.

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RI News
7:41 am
Wed March 11, 2015

New Report Finds Fire Service Costs Substantially Higher In The Ocean State

Former Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has unveiled a new good government group, Watchdog RI.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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