Providence, R.I. – For many working to improve higher education in the U.S., getting students into college is just part of the battle. Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. students seeking a bachelor's degree fail to get it after 6 years.
It's a problem President Obama highlighted in a recent speech, and it's the focus of a national conference of State Higher Education Executive Officers this week in Providence.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's senators have secured $2.3 million to help fund the replacement of the Pawtucket River Bridge. Currently, the lowest bidder on a contract for the replacement project is over 80 million dollars.
Providence, RI – The five candidates running for mayor of Providence answered questions from teens Thursday about where they stood on aggressive policing, student involvement and balancing the city's budget.
On the question of how to get innocent kids off the police department's gang member database, all five mayoral candidates called for developing a system to weed out the innocent. 17-year-old Julie Merlain says that's only fair.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is receiving nearly $14 million in federal aid to prevent home foreclosures.
The funds were announced yesterday by the Obama administration and by the state's two U.S. senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.
The money is part of $3 billion in housing aid that the government is giving states with persistently high unemployment rates and to a new program being run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The funds aren't expected to be available until the fall.
Providence, RI – Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, Anthony Gemma unvield his plan Wednesday to turn Rhode Island into a healthcare industry leader. At the event in Pawtucket, Gemma pledged to create 10,000 jobs in five years
With Slater Mill in the background, Gemma told the group of mostly reporters and supporters that if elected to Congress he would focus on turning Rhode Island into the nation's wellness capital.
Rhode Island – Often our instinct is to think of death as dark, macabre, even sinister. After all, death means loss and saying goodbye to the most precious people in our lives. But as Ed Martin notes, being intimately involved as a loved one departs from life as we know it can be a privilege as well, one that enriches our lives in ways we might not have imagined.