Local Features

Marc Belanger

Jewish leaders say their community is shaken by recent vandalism at a Pawtucket Synagogue and learning center. Police are investigating a swastika spray-painted in red on a sign at Ohave Shalom late Saturday or early Sunday.

Raphie Schochet, a rabbi at the center,  said it’s been disheartening for members of his community to see this symbol synonymous with the Holocaust.

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This year’s Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievements in the Arts were presented to Trinity Rep's former artistic director Oskar Eustis and his wife Laurie at Salve Regina University in Newport Monday.

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Rhode Islanders considering running for public office have an upcoming opportunity to learn about campaign fundamentals. The non-partisan good government group Operation Clean Government is staging its latest “Candidate School” on June 4 at Rhode Island College. The head of Operation Clean Government, Margaret Kane, stopped by our studio to discuss the event.

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

This week Mark and Dave discuss the state of Rhode Island's economy with John Simmons, Director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. RIPEC's latest economic report finds mixed signals for the local economy.

When to listen:

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

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New immigrants can find it difficult to navigate the complex American school system, and it's even trickier when language and culture separate you from other parents, teachers, and administrators.

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Transgender advocates and civil rights groups plan to urge Rhode Island to adopt a statewide policy on transgender students in public schools. Last week the federal government issued guidance that says transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender they identify with.

The Obama administration also instructed teachers to use the name and pronoun the family prefers.

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Another week of turmoil in Rhode Island over government grants to non-profit groups. 

The Bottom Line: Women In Management

May 13, 2016

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

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Crossroads Rhode Island COO Michelle Wilcox, who discusses how women at her nonprofit helped her rise to the ranks of upper management.

When to listen:

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

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org.  

Chuck Hinman

Providence residents Ger V. Xiong and his daughter Mailee Kue tell RIPR's Chuck Hinman the story of their family's migration from the mountains of Laos to Rhode Island.

Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

  Trinity Rep has chosen the great 1943 musical “Oklahoma!” to close its season. 

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Rhode Island’s child welfare system has been struggling to keep kids out of group homes, find enough foster families, and even deal with a legacy of financial irregularities. Earlier this year, Governor Gina Raimondo called for an overhaul of the agency. And for this week’s The Pulse, we check in with the person Raimondo put in charge of that overhaul: Jamia McDonald to find out what progress has been made.

Nate Mooney / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza held the first in a series of community meetings Monday to discuss the city’s fiscal challenges. Elorza is trying to build public support for a plan to dig the city out of deficits, projected to grow to tens of millions of dollars if left unchecked. 

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  A fluorescent yellow softball sails out of the in-field, toward woods that border Ponaganset High School in Scituate. The left fielder runs forward and catches the ball. This is home field for Ponaganset’s Lady Chieftains. Turns out, the team is not all ladies.

Justin Bonoyer is an outfielder for the Lady Chieftains. There’s a lot evolving in the life of this 16-year-old with a shock of bleached blonde hair.  Until a few weeks ago, coaches knew Justin Bonoyer as Elise Bonoyer:

The Bottom Line: Employee Background Checks

May 6, 2016

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

This week Mark and Dave chat with Christine Cunneen, co-founder and CEO of Johnston-based Hire Image, a company specializing in background screenings for job applicants. 

Their conversation delves into what employers seek in a background check, what job seekers should know about social media and disclosing their past history to a potential employer, and the legal limitations on background reporting.

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