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3:36 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Rhode Island Continues To Struggle To Provide Adequate Affordable Housing

New affordable housing developments in Rhode Island, the RI Coalition for the homeless says the state must step up it's investment in affordable housing.
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Rhode Island falls short providing adequate affordable housing to its lower-income residents.  The report comes from the advocacy non-profit National Low Income Housing Coalition.

According to the study, Rhode Islanders must earn at least $18.49 an hour to afford an average two-bedroom apartment. The minimum wage is currently nine dollars an hour, though efforts are underway to raise that to $10.10.

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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
9:33 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Local Fans React To NFL Penalty Against Tom Brady

Tom Brady has been given a four game penalty for his alleged role in deflating footballs.
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The NFL lawyer who investigated the deflation of footballs by the Patriots last season says he has direct evidence quarterback Tom Brady knew about the incident.

Following the investigation the NFL hit Brady with a four game suspension, which has some fan scratching their heads.

Bradford Griffin from Woonsocket said it seems unfair to give Brady a four-game suspension when another player was suspended for just two games in a case involving domestic violence.

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Education
8:22 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Study Finds RI's Preschool Is Expensive, But Meets Quality Standards

The National Institute for Early Education Research says Rhode Island spends roughly $8,300 for every preschool student.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island’s new state-funded preschool program is expensive, but it may be high quality. That’s according to a new study from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon May 11, 2015

New Tool Aims To Help Scallop Fishery Adapt To Climate Change

Current management of sea scallops does not take into consideration longer-term changes, such as ocean warming and acidification.
Courtesy of Northeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA

Oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb all the carbon emissions humans release into the air. And it could impact the Atlantic seaboard’s scallop industry, which brings in hundreds of millions of dollars. A team of researchers is working to predict just how bad the damage might be.

Researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy unveiled a computer program that analyzes data on changes in the ocean, the scallop population, and the economy.

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