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RI News
8:59 am
Wed February 25, 2015

New PawSox Stadium Might Not Be The Boon RI Is Hoping For, Says Economist

McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket likely won't remain the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Credit RIPR FILE

An economist who has studied the impact of sports stadiums says Rhode Island should be wary of committing taxpayer dollars to pay for construction on a new facility for the PawSox. 

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The Education Blog
4:08 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Achievement First To Open Second Elementary School In Providence

Achievement First opened it's first school in Providence in the fall of 2013.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

The second Providence elementary school operated by charter school network Achievement First will share a building with its first elementary school, which opened in 2013.

The building on Hartford Avenue was formerly home to a public middle school, but the city shut down the school, citing the cost of rehabilitating an aging facility.

Achievement First says it plans to eventually re-located the new school, "Iluminar Academy," but the co-location is likely to last about two years. The two schools will offer similar programs.

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Health Care
3:54 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

SEIU Taking Women And Infants Hospital To Court Over Layoffs

A union that represents the majority of workers recently laid off at Women and Infants Hospital is challenging the job cuts in federal court.

They get to stay on the job until at least Thursday. That’s when a federal judge will hear the union’s challenge. Women and Infants announced the lay-offs this week for more than 40 employees, including certified nurses assistants, imaging technicians, food and laundry service workers.

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Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

60's Psychedelic Rock Frontman Finds Second Life Teaching The Art Of Instrument Making

Rick Turner, former guitarist with 60's rock outfit Autosalvage, now teaches ukulele making at his Alma mater the Moses Brown School in Providence.
Credit James Baumgartener / RIPR

Fans of more esoteric pop music, and perhaps of a certain age, may be familiar with the 60's psychedelic rock band Autosalvage.  Former guitarist Rick Turner is a small piece of rock history, and an alumnus of Moses Brown School in Providence.  In addition he's a master guitar maker.

Turner has returned to his alma mater, to teach a course in ukulele making.  Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host, Chuck Hinman sat down with Turner to talk about his music, life after the band, and returning to teach at his old school.

 

 

 

 

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Transportation
5:17 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Massachusetts Public Transit Shutdown Leaves Some Stranded In Rhode Island

People wait for trains and passengers at the Providence train station.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The snow is no longer falling, but transportation remains snarled across much of Southern New England.  Public transit has all but shut down in Boston, leaving commuters and others stranded in Providence.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority halted all commuter train and Subway service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That left riders in Rhode Island with few good options except Amtrak trains, and even those are running on a limited schedule.

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The Bottom Line
3:58 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

The Bottom Line: Utilidata Finds It’s Great To Be Global & Based In Rhode Island

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, Dave and Mark talk with Scott DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of Providence-based global software company Utilidata. The company is partnering with Siemens to put voltage regulation software made by Utilidata into power grids. They discuss how more efficient power grids mean smaller power bills and the upside to having a global company in Rhode Island.

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Education
9:29 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Providence Extends School Year, To Make Up For Snow Days

Providence Public Schools are adding extra days to make up for snow days, and the winter's not over yet.
Credit RIPR FILE

Providence Public Schools have maxed out their snow days.  The district has called 5 snow days, already 2 more than they planned for.  

Spokesperson Christina O’Reilly said the district will have to extend the school year until June 25th.  “At this point we’ve assured families, and staff that February vacation is not going to be on the table,” said Reilly. 

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RI News
9:13 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Rep. Cicilline Hopes To Commemorate Activist With South Providence Post Office

Rep. David Cicilline hopes to have a South Providence post office commemorate local activist Sister Anne Keefe this year.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Congressman David Cicilline introduced a bill in House of Representatives bill Tuesday to name a South Providence post office after Sister Ann Keefe. Keefe was a community activist, who passed away last month from brain cancer.

Cicilline worked with Keefe for many years. She launched at least 22 organizations, including Providence CityArts for Youth and Providence’s Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.

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Weather
8:17 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Yet Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Rhode Island

RIPTA buses running with a few detours as the snow falls Monday morning
Catherine Welch RIPR

More snow is hitting Rhode Island this morning.  The National Weather Service predicts about a foot could fall in the northwestern part of the state. 

Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rest of the state will see less of the white stuff.  “It drops off fairly quickly, so that the immediate Providence-metro area is anywhere from 6-8 inches, and then the coastline is probably only on the order of like 3-6 or so.”

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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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