Rhode Island

Education
3:54 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Providence School Secretaries Protest Firing Of Colleague

Clerks from the Providence School department are protesting the firing last year of a secretary who worked at Asa Messer Elementary School.  The secretary was fired after a student was released to an unauthorized relative. The man, who was known to school staff, was later accused of molesting the student.  The secretary was supposed to return to school this week, after an arbitrator ruled she should get her job back.  But the Providence school department is trying to block her return to work. 

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Newport Jazz Festival Tickets Go On Sale Eleven Months Before Concert

2013 Newport Jazz Festival
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival go on sale today. This will be the 61st year for the annual Newport Jazz Fest.

Though the music doesn’t start until July 31st, the public will be able to purchase tickets for the historic festival 10 o’clock this morning.  Last year, for the sixtieth anniversary, the Jazz fest added a third day to its typical two-day lineup.  It’s holding onto the three day schedule this year. The festival is introducing a new cheaper one-day ticket, allowing visitors to choose whether they want to go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

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Environment
10:38 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Senator Whitehouse Praising U.S./China Climate Change Agreement

Sheldon Whitehouse on the Senate floor.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says the new climate change deal between the U.S. and China is good news for Rhode Island.  

The U.S. is committing to reducing carbon emissions 28 percent by 2025.

Whitehouse sais though Rhode Island is not a major carbon polluting state, it’s already feeling the effects of climate change. “Particularly with rising sea levels, Narragansett Bay is 3 to 4 degrees warmer, the winter flounder catch has virtually collapsed,” said Whitehouse.

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RI News
9:08 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Rhode Island Remembers Veterans In North Kingstown

A marching band walks down the street during North Kingstown's 2014 Veterans Day parade.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Wreath laying ceremonies and other events took place across the state today in honor of Veterans Day, including in North Kingstown where, the community celebrated with a parade.  

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the procession, and celebrate local troops.  In addition to marching bands and community groups, politicians were also on parade as members of the state congressional delegation marched by.

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Economy
8:49 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Rhode Island Pays Off Major Federal Loan Six Months Early

The state made an early payment to the U.S. Treasury on a loan used to cover unemployment benefits. It was the state’s final payment and the feds got it six months early.

Since March of 2009, Rhode Island borrowed nearly a billion dollars to cover unemployment benefits. The state made its final payment on that lump sum six months early, saving businesses more than $50 million next year. It will save local businesses said department of Labor and Training director Charles Fogarty.

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Bob Kerr Essay
2:36 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Bob Kerr: Veterans Honoring Their Own

Credit RIPR FILE

Veterans are more complete citizens, I think.  We hold our country closer,  and we know our country better for having gotten on the bus and gone to boot camp and earned the right to train and fight, get scared and get drunk with the richest mix of Americans to be found anywhere.

I remember the farm kids and the ghetto kids and the kids gone to the Marines instead of prison.  I remember the kids like me who wanted to break from college-bred predictability and take a mad leap into the unknown.   Some of us were looking for our hard side and found we didn’t have one.

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Theater Reviews
12:52 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Ocean State's "Dial M" Is Lost In A London Fog

Drew Anthony Allen stars as Tony Wendice in Frederick Knott’s thriller, Dial M for Murder, being presented at Ocean State Theatre
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

You know I checked out the history of “Dial M” before I went to see Ocean State's production. Found a 1984 New York Times review which said that the 30 or so years that had passed since its first showing had not dimmed the play's charms. Still crisp and quick, the reviewer maintained.

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The Bottom Line
5:40 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

The Bottom Line: How The Passed Bond Measures Will Pay Off

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 Grow Smart Rhode Island executive director Scott Wolf. They discuss the bond measures passed on Election Day and the kinds of jobs they will create once the dollars start flowing.

When to Listen

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

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RI News
5:02 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Coffee Makers Converge On Providence For Regional Conference

The Rhode Island Convention Center will host hundreds of coffee aficionados for the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Coffee Conference.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Coffee makers from across the northeast have flocked to Providence to trade tips on how to make the perfect espresso, how to steam milk just right for a great latte, or where to find the best beans.

This year, said owner of New Harvest Coffee Rik Kleinfeldt, there will be much discussion about a fungus plaguing farmers. “Right now there’s a terrible fungus spreading throughout Central America called Roya, so we’re actually hosting growers from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to discuss that issue,” he said.

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Rhody Votes 2014
3:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Allan Fung: I’m Proud Of My Campaign

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung giving his concession speech on election night.
Credit FILE / RIPR

Allan Fung said despite losing his bid for governor, he’s proud of the race he ran. Fung’s democratic rival Gina Raimondo won the race with just 40 percent of the vote. Fung said maybe it’s time for runoff elections.

"The moose was on the loose," is how Fung describes the 22 percent gleaned by Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey, referring to Healey’s days as the cool moose candidate.  Fung’s main opponent, Gina Raimondo, is the second consecutive governor elected with less than 50 percent of the vote.

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