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RI News
9:07 am
Wed June 4, 2014

'Superman' Building Owner Renews Call For State Support Of Rehab Project

Superman building owner is asking for $39M for to rehab, the now vacant building in downtown Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

The owner of the Superman Building in downtown Providence renewed his call Tuesday for a public-private partnership to revitalize the vacant skyscraper. But it remains unclear whether the state will provide $39 million in requested help.

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Theater Reviews
4:46 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Trinity Rep’s “A Lie Of The Mind:” Delightful, Dark and Scary

Trinity Rep resident acting company members Anne Scurria as Meg and Timothy Crowe as Baylor in Sam Shepard’s "A Lie of the Mind."
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

There’s a myriad of ways to approach “A Lie of the Mind” and the huge production at Trinity. First of all is the fantasia of a set by director Brian Mertes and the ever-inventive designer Eugene Lee.

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RI News
8:56 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Revitalize 'Superman' Building

Providence's so-called Superman building has been vacant for the past two years. Efforts to rehab the building have yet to get off the ground.
Credit RIPR FILE

A bill that would use $39 million in taxpayers’ money to revitalize the vacant Superman Building is slated for a Senate Finance committee hearing this Tuesday.  Lawmakers have been lukewarm about using a public subsidy for the Providence skyscraper.

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The Bottom Line
2:58 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

The Bottom Line: Brown University Offering Programs For Executives

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 Karen Sibley, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Brown University to discuss the joint executive MBA degree program and the IE Business School of Madrid, Spain.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Looks At Seventy

Conductor Larry Racleff working with the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Credit RI Philharmonic

This Sunday, internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic for a concert to kick off the orchestra’s seventieth season.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender spoke with the orchestra’s executive director David Beauchesne to talk about the concert, the state of the orchestra at seventy, and building the next generation of musicians.

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Environment
9:01 am
Fri May 30, 2014

More Federal Funding Coming To RI To Clean Up Contaminated Sites

The new WaterFire headquarters in Providence are being cleaned up using federal funds designated to clean up Brownfield and superfund sites.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Island has received more than $2.7 million to clean up contaminated properties in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly.

Senator Jack Reed says these federal grants awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program will help local governments protect public health and redevelop former industrial sites for better use. Reed says it’ll also benefit the economy by creating jobs and increasing the value of surrounding properties.

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RI News
1:57 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Providence Sues Santander Bank Over Discriminatory Lending Practices

Attorney John Relman and Mayor Angel Taveras announce a federal lawsuit claiming Santander Bank engaged in discriminatory lending.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The City of Providence has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Santander Bank engaged in discriminatory lending practices. Lawyers filing the suit are calling the bank’s lending practices a civil rights issue.

The lawsuit claims that during the housing boom minority neighborhoods were given risky loans, then after the bust Santander stopped making loans in those neighborhoods and focused instead on white neighborhoods.

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The Education Blog
11:56 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gist Responds to Providence Graduation Waivers

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has declined to comment, at least in person, on Providence's waiver of the testing portion of the state's diploma system for roughly 200 seniors. She did provide the following written statement to RIPR, via email.

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RI News
11:25 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Colin Kane, Director Of The I-195 Commission On Progress Made, And The Future Of The Land

The vacant land formerly used by the I-195 highway. It's now being readied for development.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Proposals are in for developments that could go up on acres of land opening up for redevelopment in downtown Providence.  The land was freed up by a major highway project that involved moving I-195.  Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Colin Kane, the director of the I-195 Commission.  The group has been charged with overseeing the development of the land.  Kane discussed the progress made since the project broke ground about a year ago, and where they hope to go.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Providence Introduces New Waivers from Testing Requirement

Providence is granting a reprieve to some 200 high school seniors, who risk not graduating under a new state policy linking test scores to a high school diploma.

The rule, in effect for the first time this year, calls for students to score partially proficient or better on the NECAP test or improve significantly on a retake. Students can also use alternative tests or acceptance at a competitive college to earn their diploma.

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