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9:57 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Rhode Island's Graduation Rates Are On The Rise Despite Disparities

High school students taking part in a summer math high school program at CCRI.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Kids Count is out with an issue brief on the high school graduation rate in Rhode Island.  The latest statistics show that while the four-year graduation rate is increasing, a gap remains between affluent students and their lower-income colleagues.

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Arts & Culture
3:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Woonsocket's Museum Of Work & Culture Founder Retires

Tuesday is the last day on the job for Raymond Bacon, co-manager of Woonsocket’s Museum of Work & Culture. Bacon’s retirement ends 16 years working at the museum.

Before his time at the museum, Bacon spent 30 years as a high school teacher. Before that he worked his way through college at The French Worsted Mill. That experience, Bacon said, helped connect him to the people whose lives are chronicled at the Museum of Work and Culture. He said he knew some of the people in the pictures on display.

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On Politics
10:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election

Shelby Maldonado, councilor-elect in Central Falls
Credit Special to RIPR

Who says off-year elections aren't interesting? Some random news and observations:

1. Women candidates came up big in Central Falls, albeit in uncontested races, winning five of seven City Council seats. The extent of this kind of female presence is unusual in RI municipalities, although four of five Barrington town councilors are women.

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Politics
8:59 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change

Woonsocket City Hall
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In Woonsocket, voters have chosen a new mayor.

They voted by a more than 2-1 margin to elect  State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, ousting incumbent mayor Leo Fontaine.

Baldelli-Hunt will take the reins of a city that severely raised property taxes to avoid bankruptcy.  Like many residents, voter Farid Latash said the city's financial problems are frustrating.

"Big problem with the taxes.  Nobody working.  Nobody got no money.  They keep raising taxes, raising everything.  That's about it," said Latash.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day In Woonsocket And Central Falls

Monsignor Gadoury Catholic School is one of 11 polling places open today in Woonsocket.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Woonsocket election officials are expecting about a third of eligible voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral election. State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt faces current Mayor Leo Fontaine in the municipal election, which also features races for city council.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections

Voters head to the polls in Woonsocket and Central Falls for local elections.
Credit RIPR FILE

Tuesday’s Election Day in Woonsocket and Central Falls where a number of municipal offices are up for grabs.

The most hotly contested race is in Woonsocket where Mayor Leo Fontaine is fending off a challenge from State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.  She got three times as many votes as he did in the October 8th primary, turning the Mayor into an underdog.  The two have debated five times in recent weeks.

In addition to the mayoral race, Woonsocket voters will choose seven city councilors from 14 candidates.

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RI News
9:17 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Woonsocket Non-Profit To Offer Pay-Day Loan Alternative

In Woonsocket Monday, a dedication ceremony will be held for a non-profit that helps people avoid the pitfalls of payday lenders. It's known as the “Capital Good Fund.”

Capital Good Fund is a brick and mortar store that offers people an alternative to high priced payday lenders.  Funded by a 57-thousand dollar grant from the United Way, it expects to help 600 people a year, according to founder and director Andy Posner.

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The Pulse
12:32 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

What's Next For Landmark

The deal still has to close, which officials expect by sometime in December. But now some of the hard work begins. How exactly do you turn a faltering hospital around?

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Health Care
5:21 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Deal To Acquire Landmark Approved

Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center is about to turn the page on a long and challenging chapter in its history. The struggling hospital has received regulatory approval to be acquired by a for-profit hospital chain called Prime Healthcare. That means an end to five years of uncertainty for employees, patients, and the community.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Decision Expected On Landmark's Future

Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket has been in receivership since 2008.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Today is the deadline for state regulators to decide whether an out-of-state hospital chain can acquire Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center. The decision will mark the end of five years of uncertainty for the struggling hospital.

Landmark has been in receivership, a kind of bankruptcy, since 2008. It's flirted with several different potential buyers who got cold feet for one reason or another and pulled out. It's battled the state's largest insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, for higher payments.

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