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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Walsh on the Pension Battle, Charter Schools, Gordon Fox & More

Robert Walsh of the National Education Association Rhode Island stopped by our studio to talk about the proposed state pension settlement; charter schools; the gag order in the pension case; Gordon Fox; and more.

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On Politics
9:44 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Lincoln Chafee Considers Run For 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination

Lincoln Chafee in his campaign announcement video

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has announced that he is considering a campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president.

The 62-year old former U.S. Senator and governor said in an interview that he wants to give Democratic voters a choice for president. ``The Republicans have lots of choices, I feel that Democratic voters deserve choices too.’’

Chafee said the launch of his exploratory committee will be made via videos posted on his website, Chafee2016.com

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The Education Blog
8:15 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Providence Students Voice Their Hopes For State's New Education Commissioner

These Providence students say the new PARCC exam is more disruptive during the school day than the prior state test.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island is looking for a new leader for K-12 public schools as controversy grows over standardized testing and charter schools. So what do students want from the next commissioner of education?

Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison asked that question of three Providence students: 16-year-old Kendall Hall, 16-year-old Diane Gonzales and 15-year-old Xilian Sansoucy. They are members of the student advocacy groups Young Voices and the Providence Student Union.

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Environment
5:30 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Raising The Profile Of An Undereaten Fish

Fisherman Chris Connery guides the fish out.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Fishermen are facing tougher quotas and declining populations for some of the most popular fish species, most notably Cod, a New England favorite. That’s one reason why environmentalists and fishermen have been working to promote more locally-caught seafood. Some, like lobster, quahogs, and other shellfish are catching on. But there are other fish that teem the waters of Narragansett Bay. There's one effort underway to raise awareness about scup, an abundant local catch. 

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:27 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Myth Of Rhode Island's Generous Programs For The Poor

State spending on programs for the poor is less than in most other state in New England.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island has long been engaged in a debate about government benefits for the poor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says our state isn’t as generous as most other New England states on helping those with less.

House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has heard the complaints for years from conservatives and some elements of the business community:  That Rhode Island’s overly generous social welfare programs handcuff taxpayers and harm the state’s business climate.

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