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9:57 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Rhode Island's Graduation Rates Are On The Rise Despite Disparities

High school students taking part in a summer math high school program at CCRI.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Kids Count is out with an issue brief on the high school graduation rate in Rhode Island.  The latest statistics show that while the four-year graduation rate is increasing, a gap remains between affluent students and their lower-income colleagues.

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RI News
1:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Central Falls Police: Drug Sweep Has Reduced Violence In The City

Rhode Island State Police Steven O'Donnell along with Central Falls Police Chief James Mendonca and Mayor James Diossa announce the results of a recent drug bust.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A four-month long investigation has resulted in the arrests of nearly three dozen accused drug dealers. The investigation targeted narcotics activity in Central Falls.

Starting in June Central Falls police noticed an uptick in shootings. They suspected it was drug related so they called in the state police to help them out.  The result was the arrests of 35 individuals over a four month period and the seizure of a sizable collection of illegal drugs, said Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Steven O’Donnell.

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On Politics
10:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election

Shelby Maldonado, councilor-elect in Central Falls
Credit Special to RIPR

Who says off-year elections aren't interesting? Some random news and observations:

1. Women candidates came up big in Central Falls, albeit in uncontested races, winning five of seven City Council seats. The extent of this kind of female presence is unusual in RI municipalities, although four of five Barrington town councilors are women.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day In Woonsocket And Central Falls

Monsignor Gadoury Catholic School is one of 11 polling places open today in Woonsocket.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Woonsocket election officials are expecting about a third of eligible voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral election. State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt faces current Mayor Leo Fontaine in the municipal election, which also features races for city council.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections

Voters head to the polls in Woonsocket and Central Falls for local elections.
Credit RIPR FILE

Tuesday’s Election Day in Woonsocket and Central Falls where a number of municipal offices are up for grabs.

The most hotly contested race is in Woonsocket where Mayor Leo Fontaine is fending off a challenge from State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.  She got three times as many votes as he did in the October 8th primary, turning the Mayor into an underdog.  The two have debated five times in recent weeks.

In addition to the mayoral race, Woonsocket voters will choose seven city councilors from 14 candidates.

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The Pulse
3:04 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Doctor Is In...Central Falls

Central Falls City Hall
Credit Ryan T. Conaty

Last night I attended one of what could be the first of 39 more public forums, put on by the state's health department, around Rhode Island. And it wasn't what I thought it would be.

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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Signs of Improvement at Central Falls High School

Three years after a state order to dramatically overhaul Central Falls High School, a new report finds evidence of progress. The Education Alliance at Brown University conducted the study, which finds school culture and parent involvement have improved significantly.

The graduation rate at Central Falls High is up from 48 percent in 2009 to 70 percent last year. Superintendent of Central Falls Schools Fran Gallo says it took an all-out effort from school staff to keep students from dropping out.

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RI News
4:41 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Missing Pawtucket Woman Found In Central Falls

A developmentally disabled pregnant woman who’s been missing for a week has been found safe and sound. 

A man who had seen a missing poster of Luisa Pena noticed her walking down a street in Central Falls and contacted police.  Pawtucket police Major Arthur Martins said it’s unclear where Pena has been for the past week but she appears to be in good condition.

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RI News
8:37 am
Tue October 15, 2013

UPDATE: At This Time Police Do Not Believe Missing Pawtucket Woman Was Abducted

Mother of missing woman, Luisa Pena is consoled by friends.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Pawtucket police say there is no reason to believe a missing, pregnant woman has been abducted.  Relatives of 21-year-old Luisa Pena have expressed concern that she was kidnapped by men she had accused of sexual assault. But Pawtucket police spokesman Major Arthur Martins says there is no evidence of that.

Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket. Relatives say she has the mind of a ten-year-old, has difficulty expressing herself and can’t drive.

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Mike Ritz of Leadership RI on Central Falls' Changing Political Landscape

Mike Ritz, the director of Leadership RI, the organization worked to engage the public leading up to James Diossa's first run for mayor.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa will run unopposed for re-election in November, and he leads a city that still bears scars from its closely watched municipal bankruptcy.

The group Leadership Rhode Island stepped in after the bankruptcy and tried to convince Central Falls residents to get more engaged politically.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison asked Leadership Rhode Island’s Executive Director Mike Ritz for some analysis of the upcoming mayoral race.

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