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8:58 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Cranston Superintendent Retiring

Cranston will have to hire a new superintendent of schools. The current Superintendent Judith Lundsten plans to retire at the end of June. In a message on the district’s website, Lundsten says she looks forward to spending more time with her family.

Education
8:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Push To Teach Students How To "Code Like A Girl"

Girls at the Lincoln School in Providence taking part in the Girls Who Code club.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Women make up nearly 60 percent of the U-S workforce, but Federal Labor Department Statistics show they account for less than a quarter of all software designers. So how do you change that? One national program thinks it has the answer. It’s called Girls Who Code. Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visited a chapter at Lincoln School in Providence.

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On Politics
7:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Social Workers, Lawmakers Debate Blame for DCYF's Deficits

Sue Pearlmutter, dean of the social work program at Rhode Island College, testifies in the House Education and Welfare Committee.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A bill to change the requirements to lead the state Department of Children, Youth and Families ran into opposition from social workers during a House Education and Welfare Committee meeting Wednesday evening. The two sides also disputed the reason for persistent budgetary overruns at DCYF

Six social workers argued that expertise in protecting children is vital for the next head of DCYF. A bill under consideration by the House Education and Welfare Committee would eliminate a requirement that the director have a master’s in social work (or a closely related field).

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RI News
5:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

National Grid: $93M Updates Needed On Growing Aquidneck Island

National Grid said the tremendous growth on Aquidneck Island has prompted it to spend $93 million on upgrading its power system there.

The utility said the current system is outdated and will soon be overwhelmed. How outdated is it? Well, one substation was built in 1949.

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Politics
11:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Two Raimondo Nominees Sail Through Senate Confirmation Hearings

Nominee for director of elderly affairs, Charles Fogarty, in his Senate confirmation hearing.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Separate Senate committees gave initial approval Tuesday to two of Governor Gina Raimondo’s nominees to lead state agencies. Both of the nominees held positions in the Chafee administration.

In the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell won unanimous backing to remain the director of the state Department of Public Safety. 

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Environment
10:29 am
Wed January 21, 2015

EPA Head To Survey Parts Of RI Endangered By Climate Change

Misquamicut Beach in Westerly was drastically affected by hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New England region is in Rhode Island Wednesday. Curt Spalding will survey parts of the state, to see which are at risk to storms and increased sea level rise.

For two days, the EPA’s Curt Spalding will tour areas in Westerly, South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Warwick. The idea behind the tour is twofold: to examine at-risk areas, and share ideas and existing tools for how to plan for rising seas and more violent storms.

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Politics
9:49 am
Wed January 21, 2015

RI Leaders React To President Obama's State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama delivered his 6th State of the Union address Tuesday evening.
Credit U.S. Capitol

President Barack Obama delivered his sixth state of the Union address last night.  His main focus was the middle class, as the nation continues to recover from an economic downturn.  

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RI News
9:23 am
Wed January 21, 2015

CVS To Hire Some 100 At Woonsocket Headquarters

CVS/health headquarters in Woonsocket, RI
Credit CVS Health

Woonsocket based CVS/Health plans to hire some 100 employees at their digital center in Rhode Island.  This comes as the company plans to open a second digital center in Boston.

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Higher Education
8:51 am
Wed January 21, 2015

RISD Begins Interviews In Search For New President

The Rhode Island School of Design has started conducting "preliminary interviews" in the search for a new president, a little more than a year after the departure of Johhn Maeda in December of 2013.

In a post on the university web site, RISD says the search committee has received nominations from nearly 100 faculty and other interested parties. University Board Chair Michael Spalter confirmed that the interview process has begun.

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On Politics
7:40 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Aaron Regunberg

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence), who used his activist background to catapult into the seat previously held by former Speaker Gordon Fox.

Age: 24

Occupation: organizer with the Providence Student Union.

Party: Democrat

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