Providence, RI – In this week's Rhode Island Artscape we focus on music education.
WRNI's Megan Hall visited musician Keith Munslow at his home studio in Providence to talk about his work bringing songs to local schools. She starts off by asking him about the first instrument he learned to play as a child.
Keith Munslow performs and teaches music to children in Rhode Island schools. He's also a member of the band Superchief Trio.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee's plan to make state workers and teachers contribute more toward their pensions remains unpopular with labor leaders. Michael Downey, president of AFSCME's Council 94, was among the union officials who attended a House Finance Committee hearing Tuesday to oppose Chafee's plan.
State workers currently pay about nine percent of their pay toward their pensions. Downey says Chafee's proposed three percent increase would boost a contribution already among the highest in the nation.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Renewable energy in Rhode Island is getting a boost from two new projects. Bristol's Safeway Auto Services has announced plans to construct a wind turbine on its grounds, and the state's largest solar-farm has been planned at East Providence's former Forbes Street Landfill. At 10 to 15-megawatts, The Forbes St. project would be the largest solar facility in the state. The Bristol and East Providence projects have received $125,000 and $200,310 respectively in grants from the Economic Development Corporation.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This week marks one year since the devastating March floods of 2010. More than 26,000 Rhode Island households were under water. No city or town was spared. But damage was most severe in Cranston, Warwick and West Warwick because of the Pawtuxet River which crested at over twice flood stage.
WRNI – In a perfect world, all of us would be sensitive to the suffering of others, and would do what we can to ease their path in life. For some of us, this would take the form of large-scale social change that addresses the nagging problems of poverty, oppression, and injustice in our world. For others, it means providing nurture and succor to one person at a time. Both are essential, of course. And as 13-year-old Nick Lowinger tells us, these efforts can begin, literally, with a single step.
Providence, RI – Westerly school officials have invited an expert on gang activity to speak with parents and students after a violent incident near a Westerly school.
Some parents have raised concerns since a student from another area was severely beaten in January. Westerly Superintendent Roy Seitsinger says police have found no evidence of gang activity at Westerly High School.