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10:59 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Lawmakers Find Public Schools Bearing More Costs Than Charter Schools

A new legislative report finds public schools bear more costs than charter school counterparts.
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State lawmakers say public schools may be paying more than their fair share to support charter schools. That’s the major finding of a legislative report about the school system’s "fair funding formula."

The fair funding formula requires public schools to pay charter schools a certain amount per student that opts to attend a charter school instead. That amount is calculated on how much public schools spend per pupil. But it includes expenses charter schools haven’t had to worry about.

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Environment
9:04 am
Fri May 15, 2015

New Efforts Announced To Boost Atlantic Salmon Populations

The Atlantic Salmon population has reached dangerously low levels.
Credit Hans-Petter Fjeld / Wikimedia Commons

In regional news, the Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon, known as the “king of fish,” is one of eight marine species most at risk for extinction in the near future. The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just announced a new campaign to beef up efforts to help these endangered species survive.

NOAA Fisheries biologist Tara Trinko Lake said the Atlantic salmon were once abundant as far south as Connecticut, but they started to decline in the late 1800s from dams, overfishing, and pollution.

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RI News
8:58 am
Fri May 15, 2015

After Devastating Earthquakes, Rhode Islanders Assisting In Aid Efforts In Nepal

About two weeks ago a devastating earthquake ravaged the Asian country of Nepal. The quake claimed the lives of at least 8,000 people, in and around the capital of Kathmandu. Just this week a second earthquake hit the country, killing at least 65 more people.  Thousands of Nepalese are living without shelter or power, many in remote areas difficult for aid workers to reach.

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RI News
8:35 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Official Lineup Of Providence International Arts Festival Announced

Mayor Jorge Elorza announces the lineup for the Providence International Arts Festival with First Works director Kathleen Pletcher
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The lineup has been announced for the first annual Providence International Arts Festival.  Part of the idea is branding the city as a national cultural destination.

The festival will take place over four days this June, and will feature more than 500 artists. International headlining acts include African singer Angelique Kidjo and the Mexican Squonk Opera.

Even with international headliners, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza stressed that festival will showcase dozens of local acts.

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Environment
5:00 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Free Bird Walks Underway With RI's Audubon Society

Baltimore Oriole
Ed Hughes Audubon Society of Rhode Island

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is leading free daily birds walks this month, during the height of spring migration, all over the state from North Smithfield to Coventry to South Kingstown.

At this time of year, male birds are sporting bright colored plumage to attract mates. Jeffrey Hall, the organization’s senior director of advancement, points out that trees aren’t lush with leaves yet. 

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