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2:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Central Falls Looking For New Business As Sylvania Closes Its Plant

The Department of Labor and Training has stepped in to help the more than 70 workers laid off from the Osram Sylvania plant in Central Falls. The plant shut its doors last Friday.

Those former plant workers are now receiving benefits from a federal program that provides career counseling and helps them pay for amongst other things the commute to job training or to relocate. DLT spokesman Mike Healey said this federal program is more generous because it targets factory workers who tend to be older and have worked most of their lives in the plant.

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RI News
9:26 am
Tue September 30, 2014

RI DMV Accused Of Sharing Driver Information With Anti-Terrorism Agency

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is accusing the Department of Motor Vehicles of sharing personal information with a federal anti-terrorism database.

The ACLU says a document that appears to be leaked from the National Counter Terrorism Center shows Rhode Island is one of 15 states that shared driver’s license data with the organization.  In 2013 the center collected more than 2,400 facial images from driver’s licenses from across the country.

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Politics
9:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Group Joins Growing Support For Constitutional Convention

Just Reform Rhode Island, the newest group advocating for a constitutional convention gathers for it's inaugural press conference at the Statehouse Tuesday.
Credit RIPR FILE

A new group advocating for a Constitutional Convention holds its inaugural event Tuesday. They join a growing coalition supporting a convention, which voters must approve on November 4th.

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Environment
7:50 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Proposed Extraction Ordinances By Charlestown Challenged By Industry

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trucked in 90,000 cubic yards of sand from two Rhode Island quarries to replenish the beach after Superstorm Sandy. The first quarry didn't have enough sand, so the Corps subcontracted Copar Quarries for the rest.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Yesterday we brought you the story of homeowners in the communities of Westerly and Charlestown who say their lives have been disrupted by the rock blasting at a neighboring quarry. Charlestown is working on ordinances that would regulate this industry. Town officials are trying to balance the interest of homeowners and sand and gravel business owners. But one local operator said those proposed ordinances would create hardships for the industry – an industry he said is already struggling to survive. This is the second installment of a two-part series.

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Theater Reviews
4:08 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Ocean State’s “My Fair Lady” A True Winner

Richard Costa and Jessica Wagner star as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle “My Fair Lady.”
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

It has been a while since a full scale version of “My Fair Lady” – one of the truly superb American musicals – has been done around here. So, thank goodness this Ocean State production is a true winner, super in some ways and just fine in others.

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The Education Blog
1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

RIDE Delays Release of Science Test Scores

Rhode Island’s Department of Education has delayed the release of test scores from the most recent standardized state science test, administered in May.

RIDE officials say they have concerns about the scores for one grade level and will not release a score report expected on Wednesday.

RIDE Spokesman Elliot Krieger declined to elaborate about the exact nature of the concerns, but he says RIDE is working with the testing company, Measured Progress, to review the results.

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Rhody Votes 2014
1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Mayoral Candidate Elorza Unveils His Plans For Providence

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza sketched out his plans for Providence at a press conference at Asa Messer Elementary School.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Democratic Providence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza wants to create what he calls “one Providence” where all neighborhoods benefit from a cooperative city hall. Elorza made the comment during a press conference Monday sketching out his vision for the city

Elorza’s plan includes boosting the public schools, putting more cops on the street, and luring businesses to the capital city. He plans to pay for the officers through federal grants, and wants to create a plan for the city’s working waterfront.

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The Education Blog
10:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Report Highlights Chronic Absenteeism

Rhode Island Kids Count releases new numbers on Monday that show 12 percent of young school children in Rhode Island were chronically absent during the last school year, meaning they missed 18 days or more of school.

The study finds that for Kindergarten students who are chronically absent, there is an increased risk of low achievement that persists at least into middle school. The students are also more likely to be held back a grade.

Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant says a number of factors can contribute to chronic absenteeism.

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RI News
10:23 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Attorneys General Gather In Rhode Island To Discuss Sexual Assault On College Campuses

RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit RIPR

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin hosts fellow AG’s from across the Northeast for a two-day conference addressing sexual assault on college campuses. The group will work to determine how law enforcement can do a better job investigating campus sexual assault.

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Politics
9:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Groups Kick Off Push To Promote Arts Referendum

A group of arts organizations from across the state are joining forces to garner support for major arts funding. The money must be approved by voters on a referendum November 4th.

At stake is $35 million in funding.  23 million would go towards matching funds for construction and renovation projects at nine facilities across the state.  Those include Trinity Repertory Company, the Chorus of Westerly, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School.

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