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Weather
8:54 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Heavy Wet Snows Expected For Saturday

A winter storm is expected to hit Rhode Island this weekend. The National Weather Service has already issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region.  

Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said there will be a wide range of snowfall across the state.  “It’s going to be a pretty big variability with the snow amounts.   Newport: probably just a trace, a little bit more, and up in the far northwest part of Rhode Island could be upwards of six maybe even a little bit more.  Within greater Providence itself, probably 1 to 3 inches,” said Simpson.

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The Education Blog
8:28 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Are Charter Schools Straining Public School Budgets?

That's the question a legislative panel is investigating. Lawmakers are scheduled to hear from several local elected officials and school leaders on Friday.

Their concern is the impact of the state formula for funding public schools, and the way it calculates tuition for charter schools.

Cumberland Town Councilor Arthur Lambi, a Republican, is among those planning to testify. According to Lambi, Cumberland sends about $3 million to charter schools every year, and that number is expected to grow as charter schools add more seats.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Gorbea on Disclosure, Mail Ballots, Voting & More

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q+A to talk about whether mail ballots are too easily obtained, what steps should be taken to increase disclosure by lobbyists, how to better encourage voting participation, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Political Roundtable: Gorbea on Lobbying Reform, Voter ID, State of the Union & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to talk about what needs to be done to improve lobbying oversight; whether she'll move to oppose Voter ID; her reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address; and more.

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On Politics
12:48 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Bank America CEO Moynihan to speak at Central Congregational's West Politics and Religion Lecture

Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, is this year’s featured speaker at Central Congregational Church’s annual Darrell West Lecture Series on Religion and Politics. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at 6 p.m. at the church, which is located at 296 Angell  St., in Providence.

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On Sports
12:25 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Deflategate Is A Gift For The Sports Media

Deflategate is a migraine for the National Football League and an embarrassment for the New England Patriots, but for the nation’s sports media, it’s a gift. A Big,Beautiful, Wrapped Present.  Think Christmas morning, and the largest box under the tree is labeled: To Reporters, From The Patriots.

That’s Deflategate, the ball controversy swirling about the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots. Did the Patriots deflate game balls last Sunday, possibly making it easier for quarterback Tom Brady to throw and tight end Rob Gronkowski to catch in the rain? If they didn’t, who did?

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Environment
10:04 am
Thu January 22, 2015

EPA Head Tours RI Areas Affected By Climate Change

EPA head Curt Spalding tours areas affected in Rhode Island.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The regional head of the environmental protection agency said Rhode Island is doing state-of-the-art planning for climate change threats.  Curt Spalding spent Wednesday seeing firsthand the tools coastal managers have already put into place.

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Environment
9:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Official Senate Recognition Of Climate Change

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse addresses the Senate during one of his weekly speeches on climate change.
Credit Whitehouse Office

Climate change is real, not a hoax. That’s according the U.S. Senate, which is now on record about the reality of climate change.  The Senate voted 98 to 1 on an amendment recognizing climate change in the Keystone Pipeline bill.  

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RI News
9:32 am
Thu January 22, 2015

RI Gets More Federal Assistance To Help With Heating

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says nearly $2.5 million in federal funding will go toward helping the state’s neediest resident keep the heat on.  That will bring Rhode Island’s total to $27.1 million in federal funding this year. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, helps some 35,000 Rhode Islanders. Many poor residents also get help on their heating bill through the Henry Shelton Act, which places a surcharge on gas and electricity bills. That money goes into a fund to help low-income customers pay their bills.

Education
9:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Kids Count: RI Has Highest Child Poverty Rate In New England

New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession.  Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.

The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.

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