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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Political Roundtable: Flanders On The Pension Outlook, Gag Orders And Central Falls

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Lawyer, former Central Falls receiver, and former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the outlook on Rhode Island's pension conflict, whether gag orders are a good idea, and lessons from the fiscal crisis in Central Falls.

For more Flanders, listen to his conversation with us on Bonus Q&A.

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On Politics
2:08 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For A Rhode Island Pension Deal

Votes are set to be cast this week for a settlement in the state's pension lawsuit.
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Once again, Rhode Island politics is ensnared in a public employee pension controversy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to put this issue in our collective rear view mirror.

It’s well past time to get beyond the noisy debate over public employee pensions in Rhode Island. It’s a joust that has ensnared  the Statehouse for more than a generation. It has long pitted the business community against public employees and their union leaders, fractured relations between conservatives and liberals and led to tortuous attempts for years to shore up the system.

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RIPR News
5:09 am
Fri February 6, 2015

RIPR News Director Catherine Welch Leaving To Become News Director In Orlando

Catherine Welch is leaving Rhode Island Public Radio this week to become the news director at WMFE in Orlando.
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Since August, 2010, the Rhode Island Public Radio newsroom has been headed up by News Director Catherine Welch. Friday is Catherine’s last day. She’s leaving for a job in Orlando, Florida where she will be news director at the public radio station WMFE.

Orlando is the 33rd largest television market in the country, and WMFE is a growing station covering Orlando, Daytona Beach and the Space Coast. Catherine has family in Central Florida and is looking forward to being closer to them as well.

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The Education Blog
12:20 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Graduation Rates Inch Up In Rhode Island

81 percent of the class of 2014 earned a diploma within four years, according to the latest numbers from the Rhode Island Department of Education. The state's high school graduation rate ticked up one percentage point from 2013, and was up four percentage points from 2011.

Dropout rates dropped by one percentage point to 8 percent.

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Education
9:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Kids Count: RI Has Highest Child Poverty Rate In New England

New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession.  Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.

The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.

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The Education Blog
9:05 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Central Falls Superintendent To Step Down

Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo leads an update for parents on the district's plan for public education.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Central Falls Superintendent of Schools Fran Gallo plans to retire at the end of the school year.

The school board says its members officially accepted her letter of resignation on Tuesday night.

"The Board accepted Dr. Gallo’s decision with deep regret and equally deep appreciation for her eight years of service to the children and families of Central Falls," the board said in a written release announcing that Gallo will step down on June 30th.

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RI News
4:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Cicilline’s Public Forum On Immigration Will Highlight Scams

David Cicilline hosts a public forum with fellow congressman Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.
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Congressman David Cicilline is bringing the chair of the congressional Immigration Task Force to Rhode Island Wednesday evening to discuss the president’s executive order on immigration.  The public forum will focus on preventing residents from getting caught up in scams.

That’s been a problem since President Obama issued an executive order back in November that offers a legal reprieve to some in the country illegally and parents with children who are U.S. citizens.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

After 80 years Of Dancing Theresa Landry Hangs Up Her Dance Shoes

Theresa Landry has been giving dance lessons since she was a 10-year-old, selling lessons for a dime to help her family get by.
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For more than 80 years, Theresa Landry has taught Rhode Islanders how to dance. But Landry will hang up her tap shoes and close her studio for good Saturday.

For generations, students have tapped and turned at the Theresa Landry Dance Studio on Dexter Street in Pawtucket. But the building’s been sold, forcing Landry to retire. And at 93 years old, she’s ready. “Well I think God is telling me that it’s time for me to have more time for myself and my family,” she said.

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Business
2:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Central Falls Looking For New Business As Sylvania Closes Its Plant

The Department of Labor and Training has stepped in to help the more than 70 workers laid off from the Osram Sylvania plant in Central Falls. The plant shut its doors last Friday.

Those former plant workers are now receiving benefits from a federal program that provides career counseling and helps them pay for amongst other things the commute to job training or to relocate. DLT spokesman Mike Healey said this federal program is more generous because it targets factory workers who tend to be older and have worked most of their lives in the plant.

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RI News
10:48 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Judge Appoints Wyatt Detention Center Receiver

A Rhode Island superior court judge has named a long-term receiver for the financially troubled Wyatt Detention Center. Lawyer Jonathan Savage will take the reins at the Central Falls prison, which has been losing money and facing declining inmate populations. Savage’s task will be to find a way to help dig the detention center out of the red.

The facility entered a form of bankruptcy in June after losing millions a year for years. It also owes nearly $100 million dollars in outstanding bond debt.

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