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5:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Diversity

What is it that draws so many of us to the Ocean State and keeps us here, even when opportunities elsewhere beckon?  In a word, community.  Somehow Rhode Island’s intimate and quirky scale, its mix of neighborhood and neighborhood characters – even with their sometimes rough edges – manage to pull us in and get ahold of us, a bit like flypaper.  For so many of us, Rhode Island’s complex richness seeps into our bones and, even with all its challenges, becomes part of who we are.  And that’s just what we hear from Karen Lee Ziner in this encore essay.

Karen Lee Ziner has lived in Providence since 1980.  She is a staff writer for The Providence Journal. A version of this essay previously appeared in the Providence Sunday Journal.

The Education Blog
11:33 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Moses Brown Head Of School Cancels Class In Style

Here's how Moses Brown head Matt Glendinning announces a snow day:

Step one: put on striped beanie and matching gloves;

Step two: add a jaunty scarf;

Step three: sing it, baby, sing it!

Kudos to Glendinning for a great sense of humor and the most original snow day announcement I've ever seen.

The Education Blog
9:54 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Fox Commentator Facing International Criticism Is Brown Alum

Steve Emerson, a self-styled terrorism expert, who has drawn fire for comments about "no-go zones" in France and other European countries following the attacks in Paris, graduated from Brown University.

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The Education Blog
8:49 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Tulsa Delays Vote on Gist

Tulsa education officials say they need more time to consider Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and one other finalist in their search for a new superintendent.

The board had scheduled a vote for Monday, but Tulsa World reports they’ve delayed the vote until at least February 2nd.

Gist, who is a Tulsa native, has said she would like to remain in Rhode Island, but the opportunity to return to her hometown was too good to pass up.

RI News
7:22 am
Mon January 26, 2015

RI Gov. Raimondo: Travel Ban Lifts At 8PM Tuesday

A skier heading down college hill in Providence Tuesday afternoon
Catherine Welch RIPR

A blizzard raked across Rhode Island Tuesday.  The National Weather Service reports Providnece broke its daily maximum snowfall record with 14.2 falling on Tuesday. Gov. Gina Raimondo is lifting the state’s travel ban at 8:00pm Tuesday, but urging residents to stay off the roads. The governor rode a snow plow Tuesday morning and reports that the roads and interstates are not safe for travel.

The Rhode Island DOT has more than 400 vehicles plowing the roads. Raimondo said there have been six to eight accidents including a DOT vehicle that flipped over.

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Battle With The Sea
9:28 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Battle With The Sea: Rhode Island Develops State-of-the-Art Planning Tools

The head of the EPA Northeast Region, Curt Spalding, took a guided walking tour of Wickford Village in North Kingstown to learn about a climate change adaptation pilot project there. He also visited Westerly, South Kingstown, and Warwick.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Just this week, the U.S. Senate went on the record that climate change exists. Local and state officials in Rhode Island haven’t been waiting around to take the lead from Washington. They not only know climate change is real, but they’re also planning for its impacts. As part of our Battle With The Sea series, Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza went on a tour with the Environmental Protection Agency’s northeast director to see how plans are in place.

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The Pulse
9:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Back After This Break

An oblique fracture, more specifically. That's what doctors saw on the X-ray of my son's femur.

My son is a walking, talking, energetic boy of 18 months. But a strange string of events at day care last Friday - a twist, the catching of a foot on a table leg, a toppling over -  has immobilized him. Doctors put him under, and set him in a spica cast. It's a nearly full-body mummification of both legs, down to the toes, and up the torso, to just under his little arm pits. His legs are splayed open, so he looks a bit like a cowboy who's just gotten off a very fat horse.

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Business
5:05 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Bottom Line: Why Natl’ Grid Must Upgrade On Aquidneck Island

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

This week, Dave and Mark talk with National Grid spokesman David Graves. They go over the permitting process of stringing new power lines around the island, and why a growing hunger for juice has forced the utility to upgrade.

When to Listen

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

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On Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Did anything happen this week not involving the New England Patriots and deflated footballs? Indeed. So read on, dear reader, and thanks for stopping by. As always feel free to share your tips/thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
3:36 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Deep Breath On RI Statehouse Tax Cuts

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Cutting taxes is all the rage at the Rhode Island Statehouse.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why lawmakers are talking about tax cuts before dealing with the red ink in the state budget.

Take a stroll through the corridors of  McKim, Mead and White’s marble palace on Smith Hill and you’ll likely bump into a lawmaker with a plan to cut taxes.

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