Rhode Island

Education
8:59 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Special Education Program Brings Kids Back To Their Classrooms

Special education teacher Brenda Pacheco reads to students in a Bradley classroom in Middletown
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Schools in Rhode Island spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on special education, a broad category that includes physical and learning disabilities, emotional problems and autism.

Right now, the students needing the most attention are often sent to special schools, but a growing program from Bradley Hospital shows promise in reducing the cost of special education by keeping more students in their own school districts, in their own schools.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

RI Senate Passes State Budget; Awaits Governor's Approval

Senate Finance chairman Daniel DaPonte during the budget discussion.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he plans to sign into law the $8.7 billion budget passed Monday by the Rhode Island Senate. Senators took less than an hour to passing the spending plan on a 32-to-five vote.

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Politics
9:16 am
Mon June 16, 2014

RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget

The Senate is expected to approve the state's $8.7 billion dollar budget.
Credit RIPR FILE

The state Senate is expected Monday to approve a new budget for the fiscal year starting July first.  The House of Representatives passed the spending plan early last Friday morning.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rhode Island Receives $7.5 Million For Sandy Cleanup

Rhode Island is receiving more federal funding to continue cleanup efforts started after Superstorm Sandy. The money will also be used to prepare the state for future storms and the effects climate change.

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The Bottom Line
4:26 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island?

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and TV Office. They start the conversation with more details about the Woody Allen movie shooting in the state next month, what it takes to lure a production like that too Rhode Island and whether the state’s tax credit program is competitive.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Environment
3:58 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

RI Needs Your Help Counting Wild Turkeys

A hen turkey with her brood.
Credit Ben Taft / RI DEM

Back in the 80’s the state started a project to boost a declining wild turkey population by establishing new flocks across the state – from Exeter to Foster, Scituate to Tiverton.

That helped.

But the turkey population has declined in the past few years. So the DEM counts female turkeys and young turkeys to get a sense of population growth. And this is where the public comes in. The DEM is asking residents to report sightings of turkey hens and young turkeys.

The wild turkey population is estimated at about 3,500, a number that’s grown in the past two years.

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RI News
2:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Mayor Avedisian: We’re Working On A New City Budget

Warwick city officials are hammering out the details of a city budget that’s been at the center of a dispute between the city council and the mayor. Hanging in the balance is the property tax rate that will cover the new budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Warwick Mayor Scott

Avedisian to find out where the city is in buttoning down the budget,  and what residents can expect on their next tax bill.

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Business
1:55 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

New $6M In Federal Funding For TF Green Runway Expansion

The FAA funding will expand TF Green's main runway to 8,700 feet. That's long enough to accommodate the larger jets that fly non-stop to the west coast.
Credit File / RIPR

Federal dollars are heading to Warwick to relocate ball fields as part of TF Green’s runway expansion.

The ball fields at Winslow Park need to be moved so the airport can extend the main runway by a little more than 1,500 feet. That extra stretch of runway will allow for the larger, heavier planes that fly coast to coast and overseas.

The runway expansion has been controversial, with opponents concerned about the effects of noise and air pollution from the larger jets on residents and nearby school children.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu June 12, 2014

House Lawmakers Set To Take Up State Budget

A vote on the state budget is expected from the House Thursday evening.
Credit RIPR FILE

Lawmakers are set to begin their annual marathon session this Thursday to vote on a budget for the fiscal year starting July first. The $8.7 billion spending plan eliminates tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he’s gotten only positive feedback about the spending plan. The budget cuts the corporate tax rate from 9 to 7 percent and raises the exemption for the inheritance tax. The spending plan also includes $12.3 million to continue paying back investors in 38 Studios.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu June 12, 2014

State's Historic Tax Program Not Included In State Budget

The top of the Atlantic Mills building in Providence is one of the Providence Preservation Society most 'endangered' properties in the city. The Society has been working to redevelop the property; hoping to take advantage of the state's historic tax credits program.
Credit Providence Preservation Society

The House will take up a budget Thursday that does not include funding for the state’s historic tax credit program. In his budget, the governor included $52 million in tax credits with a $5 million per-project cap. But in a statement, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said the state is taking a one-year break, and points to projects still in the pipeline. Providence Preservation Society Executive Director Brent Runyon said that pipeline needs to stay open.

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