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11:51 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Beach Cleanup Collects 16K Pounds Of Trash From Rhode Island Shores

Some 16,000 pounds of trash were collected along the Rhode Island shoreline.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy mobilizes an international beach cleanup each year. The results from the most recent cleanup are in. 

In Rhode Island, volunteers collected more than 16,000 pounds of trash along 59 miles of the state’s shoreline last September. Save the Bay’s July Lewis says the number one item is always cigarette butts.

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RI News
11:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Janet Yellen Set To Speak In Providence

Janet Yellen
Credit Day Donaldson / flickr

The Chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, is in Rhode Island today.  

She’s set to speak before some 750 people at the Providence Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Luncheon.

Yellen is the first woman in U.S. history to hold the top position at the Fed. Yellen has spent time in Rhode Island before; she graduated from Brown University with an economics degree in 1967.

Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed and University of Rhode Island President David Dooley are also set to speak at the lunch.

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RI News
11:48 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.1 Percent In Rhode Island

Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since 2007.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

As of April 2015, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is 6.1 percent; the lowest since 2007. Over the past year, the total number of unemployed in Rhode Island dropped by more than 11,000.

That’s according to the latest numbers from the state Department of Labor and Training. The gain is significant for Rhode Island which maintained one of the highest unemployment rates in the country in recent years.  However, it’s still higher than the national average which hit 5.4 percent.   

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Education
11:08 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Changes To State Standardized Testing Approved

RI teachers have criticized the PARCC testing structure, which divides testing into two separate periods.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Students in Rhode Island will take shorter standardized tests next year. 

The multi-state governing board that oversees the so-called PARCC tests, voted Wednesday to shorten testing by about 90 minutes. The change comes following criticism from teachers over the lengthy nature of the test.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Blazejewski on Campaign Finance, Statehouse Politics and More

House Deputy Whip Christopher Blazejewski (D-Providence) to discuss attempts to better police political spending in the post-Gordon Fox era, fallout from last year's leadership fight, and whether House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is more liberal than described by his critics.

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