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The Education Blog
12:19 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Gist Becomes Lone Contender For Tulsa Job

Looks like Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is headed back to her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tulsa World reports today that the other candidate in the search for a new superintendent of schools has dropped out of contention.

The Tulsa School Board is expected to take an official vote on Monday.

On Politics
12:17 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Super Bowl MVP QB Roger Staubach predicts Pats Win

In case you haven’t had enough Super Bowl hype, here’s one more thing for New England fans to chew on: Roger Staubach, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback who was MVP of Super Bowl Vi in 1972, is predicting the Pats to defeat Seattle Sunday.

Staubach, who is now in the commercial real estate business as executive chairman of JLL, said in a news release that he expects a close game but that New England will emerge thee winner.

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On Politics
10:30 am
Fri January 30, 2015

TACV Airline Coming To T.F. Green

Gov. Gina Raimondo, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and Green State Airport officials will announce today that the new airline flying from the airport will be TACV Cabo Verde, the national carrier of Cape Verde, which will offer flights to Portugal, the Azores and Cape Verde, sources tell Rhode Island Public Radio.

The announcement is scheduled for this afternoon at the airport. TACV is the second airline since September to disclose plans to fly from Green. In September, Condor Airlines officials said they planned to offer seasonal flights to Germany.

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Environment
8:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Sen. Whitehouse Offers Sharp Critique Of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse speaking on the senate floor
Credit Whitehouse Office

The U.S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday.  Rhode Island’s junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse voted against the bill.

A vocal critic from the start, Whitehouse released a sharp statement following the bill’s passage.  He calls the $8 billion dollar project a “disaster” for health and the environment.   The Keystone project would construct a nearly 12-hundred mile pipeline to carry mainly oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Whitehouse says the project would encourage dependence of fossil fuels, which exacerbate climate change.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Avedisian on Aid for Cities & Towns, RIPTA, Taxes & More

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his expectations for Governor Gina Raimondo's first budget, the outlook for RIPTA, his political future, and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Political Roundtable: Avedisian on the Blizzard of '15, Warwick & the RI GOP Outlook

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss how top elected officials responded to the Blizzard of 2015; development in Warwick; and the outlook for RI Republicans to win more elections.

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RI News
2:39 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Hundreds Of Volunteers Help Residents Dig Out

Snow blankets downtown Providence Wednesday morning. Many residents across the state needed help digging out.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

As Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from the blizzard, there are hundreds of elderly and disabled residents needing someone to clear their walks.  Serve Rhode Island is stepping in to help.

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Environment
2:22 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Federal Government Leases Two Areas Offshore Martha's Vineyard For Wind Energy Development

Turbines have already been installed in Providence, now the federal government is leasing areas off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts for an offshore wind farm.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Managment auctioned off two out of four wind development areas off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard today for potential wind energy development. Twelve companies were eligible to place bids, but only two took part in the auction.

The two companies are RES Americas, a company headquartered in the UK, and OffshoreMW, the sister company of a German wind energy developer. They have secured provisional leases to build offshore wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, south of Martha’s Vineyard.

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The Education Blog
12:20 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Graduation Rates Inch Up In Rhode Island

81 percent of the class of 2014 earned a diploma within four years, according to the latest numbers from the Rhode Island Department of Education. The state's high school graduation rate ticked up one percentage point from 2013, and was up four percentage points from 2011.

Dropout rates dropped by one percentage point to 8 percent.

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RI News
9:32 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rhode Island Leaders Get High Marks For Handling Blizzard

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza holding a press conference Tuesday to update citizens on the blizzard
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are getting generally high marks for their response to the blizzard earlier this week.  The state continues to dig out from the major winter storm.

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