Maine http://ripr.org en It’s The Season For Seal Pupping Along Coastal New England http://ripr.org/post/it-s-season-seal-pupping-along-coastal-new-england <p>It’s that time of year when gray and harbor seals come ashore to give birth, but most of the birthing will happen north of us.</p><p></p><p></p><p>For harbor seals, Rhode Island is kind of their Florida. They arrive when the weather gets cold and leave by baseball season. URI emeritus research scientist Robert Kenny said harbor seals then go north to give birth, and there’s a good reason why that won’t happen on Rhode Island’s shores.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:10:28 +0000 Catherine Welch 32386 at http://ripr.org It’s The Season For Seal Pupping Along Coastal New England Efforts To Curb Payday Lending At The Statehouse Once Again http://ripr.org/post/efforts-curb-payday-lending-statehouse-once-again <p>Legislation dealing with payday loans is once again working its way through the general assembly.</p><p></p><p></p><p>This is the latest of several attempts in recent years to curb payday lending in Rhode Island at the Statehouse.</p><p>The controversial practice offers quick loans, but they often come with interest rates that can soar to more than two-hundred fifty percent.</p><p>At the Statehouse, Representative Frank Ferri, and Senator Juan Pichardo announced they’ll introduce legislation capping payday loan interest rates at thirty six percent.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:16:45 +0000 John Bender 28666 at http://ripr.org Efforts To Curb Payday Lending At The Statehouse Once Again Hubble The Seal Swims Free Off The Rhode Island Coast http://ripr.org/post/hubble-seal-swims-free-rhode-island-coast <p>Hubble the seal is swimming free Friday after spending the summer recovering from injuries at the Mystic Aquarium.</p><p>Hubble’s journey began on a beach in Maine where researchers found him abandoned by his mother. He made his way to the Mystic Aquarium, and researchers fattened him up and treated problems with his eyes. Those eyes, said the Mystic Aquarium’s Skip Graf, were what made the curious, young seal so special.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:56:54 +0000 Catherine Welch 23789 at http://ripr.org Hubble The Seal Swims Free Off The Rhode Island Coast No More Styrofoam Cups At Dunkin Donuts http://ripr.org/post/no-more-styrofoam-cups-dunkin-donuts <p>Dunkin Donuts is replacing its Styrofoam cups in some New England communities with paper cups. But don’t expect those paper cups in the Ocean State any time soon.</p><p></p><p>Get a drink at Dunkin Donuts, hot or cold, and there’s a chance that a Styrofoam cup is involved. For the uninitiated, a cold drink served in a plastic cup is often placed inside a Styrofoam cup to prevent sweating. So what’s a ubiquitous chain like Dunkin going to do if a community bans Styrofoam?</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:29:37 +0000 Catherine Welch 20755 at http://ripr.org No More Styrofoam Cups At Dunkin Donuts Monday, February 4, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/monday-february-4-2013 <p>A Warwick man was working at the 2013 Super Bowl game. Tensions are flaring between the teachers unions and the Education Commissioner.&nbsp;&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning Podcast.&nbsp;</p><p><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%204Feb2013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:22:29 +0000 Lydia Rogers 9722 at http://ripr.org