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RI News
9:13 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Rep. Cicilline Hopes To Commemorate Activist With South Providence Post Office

Rep. David Cicilline hopes to have a South Providence post office commemorate local activist Sister Anne Keefe this year.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Congressman David Cicilline introduced a bill in House of Representatives bill Tuesday to name a South Providence post office after Sister Ann Keefe. Keefe was a community activist, who passed away last month from brain cancer.

Cicilline worked with Keefe for many years. She launched at least 22 organizations, including Providence CityArts for Youth and Providence’s Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.

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Education
2:42 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

RI Education Board Chair: Tulsa Is Lucky To Land Gist

Chair of the state’s board of education said Tulsa is lucky to land Deborah Gist as its next superintendent of schools. Board chair Eva-Marie Mancuso calls Gist a forward thinker and someone easy to work with.

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RI News
9:17 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Deep Freeze Could Make For Messy Commute

A driver heads up Exchange Terrace Tuesday morning in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

As Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from Monday’s snow storm, they’ll have to do it in the frigid cold.

Across the state, temperatures are hovering around ten degrees, with wind chills making it well below zero.  National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera said Rhode Island won’t get much a reprieve as the day wears on.  “Despite some sunshine temperatures are only going to get up to 15, 17 degrees, that’s it.  The good news is that the winds will diminish this afternoon,” said Nocera.

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The Education Blog
8:29 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Gist Going To Tulsa

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has gotten the votes to become Tulsa's superintendent of schools.

In a statement, Gist said it was a difficult decision, but she welcomed the opportunity to lead an urban school district.

She also noted that Tulsa is where her family lives.

"I know that Rhode Islanders can certainly recognize the attraction we have to our hometowns, and it would be a special honor for me to lead the district where I attended public school throughout my childhood," Gist wrote.

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Arts & Culture
5:03 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Brown's International Writer's Project Focuses On Cuban Writers

Cuban writer and artist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The International Writers Project at Brown University presents a 2-day festival of Cuban writing and music on Feb. 4th and 5th. Called "Cuba In Splinters:  New Fiction from Generation Zero," it honors the Cuban writer and blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo. Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman spoke to Orlando Luis about the festival and contemporary Cuban literature. 

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Weather
8:17 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Yet Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Rhode Island

RIPTA buses running with a few detours as the snow falls Monday morning
Catherine Welch RIPR

More snow is hitting Rhode Island this morning.  The National Weather Service predicts about a foot could fall in the northwestern part of the state. 

Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rest of the state will see less of the white stuff.  “It drops off fairly quickly, so that the immediate Providence-metro area is anywhere from 6-8 inches, and then the coastline is probably only on the order of like 3-6 or so.”

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Environment
8:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Sen. Whitehouse Offers Sharp Critique Of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse speaking on the senate floor
Credit Whitehouse Office

The U.S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday.  Rhode Island’s junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse voted against the bill.

A vocal critic from the start, Whitehouse released a sharp statement following the bill’s passage.  He calls the $8 billion dollar project a “disaster” for health and the environment.   The Keystone project would construct a nearly 12-hundred mile pipeline to carry mainly oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Whitehouse says the project would encourage dependence of fossil fuels, which exacerbate climate change.

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RI News
9:32 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rhode Island Leaders Get High Marks For Handling Blizzard

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza holding a press conference Tuesday to update citizens on the blizzard
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are getting generally high marks for their response to the blizzard earlier this week.  The state continues to dig out from the major winter storm.

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Arts & Culture
8:58 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rhode Island Artscape: Mama Kim's BBQ, Taking Food From Truck To Table

Don Fecher, owner of Mama Kim's food truck, and now restaurant.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Mama Kim’s is a well-known food truck in the Providence area specializing in Korean Barbeque.  It’s just opened its very first brick-and-mortar sit-down restaurant in Cranston.

    

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender stopped by the new Cranston space to talk with owner Don Fecher about the business, the transition from the truck, and, of course, the food.

    

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RI News
4:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Governor Checks In With Coastal Towns After Blizzard

Gov. Gina Raimondo met with leaders of South Kingstown and Narragansett to assess how the towns are doing after the blizzard.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

The Rhode Island coastline was hardest hit with high winds and power outages. That’s why Gov. Gina Raimondo decided to check-in with the town managers of South Kingstown and Narragansett, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ambar Espinoza reports.

 

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