Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's six gubernatorial candidates squared off over poverty issues in a forum sponsored by the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition yesterday.
In 2008, over 118,000 Rhode Islanders -- 12 percent of the population -- were living below the federal poverty level. All six gubernatorial candidates agree this is a problem but disagree on ways to solve it.
Providence, R.I. – State lawmakers consider three bills this week that would more fairly distribute state aid to school districts.
Under the current system, many districts say they are getting short-changed. Woonsocket City Councilman John Ward says his community faces school deficits for the fourth year in a row.
"Music, art, extra curricular programs, high school electives, teacher aides for elementary classes and now all-day Kindergarten have been or will be eliminated from our offerings to our children," Ward says.
Providence, RI – Who hasn't had a close encounter or two with a remarkably exasperating, perhaps eccentric, relative -- that legendary family fixture who has an astonishing ability to push the proverbial envelope and test our patience? And then, as so often happens, this is the relative who, over time, manages somehow to seep into and truly touch our soul. This is what happened to Janine Weisman.
Central Falls, RI – By SCOTT MACKAY -- Central Falls is Rhode Island's poorest community. Its schools are wards of the state, unemployment is soaring and too many of the sturdy triple-deckers that have housed generations of immigrants are boarded up. But the saddest recent news in Central Falls is how its citizens are being betrayed by their leaders.
Providence, RI – Regulations designed to eliminate childhood lead poisoning go into effect this month. The change brings strict new requirements for building contractors, property owners, renovators and a host of others who work with lead paint.
While health advocates call the regulations long overdue, some contractors say the cost to comply is way too high.
At the New Hampshire Homebuilders Association, contractors are spreading large sheets of plastic over the floor.
Providence, RI – Janice Duclos, Fred Sullivan, Jr., and guest artist Nance Williamson join Curt Columbus and host Bob Seay to read and discuss:
* "Last Christmas of the War" by Primo Levi: Rare delicacies arrive at Auschwitz * "The Fruits of Family Trees" from Jonathan Safron Foer's Eating Animals: A new father considers his grandmother's legacy of cooking * "Enough" by Alice McDermott: A woman's appetites mark her life
Providence, RI – The Encore Awards back after taking a year off. Tonight, the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island will honor those who have distinguished themselves in the worlds of art and business. WRNI's Bob Seay reports.
Providence – Teams from the state Department of Education are meeting this week to craft Rhode Island's second attempt at the federal Race to the Top competition. To win a grant, they must have a workable plan for raising student achievement and lowering the gap between urban and suburban students.
And this time they'd like to have teachers on board - the biggest loss of points in round one came from a lack of teacher support.