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8:48 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Providence teacher accused of taking teen to FL

A Providence school teacher accused of taking a teenage boy to Florida will have a lot of time on his hands when he returns to Rhode Island.  56 year old David Jones has been placed on administrative leave while the Providence School Department launches an investigation.  

David Jones may have bailed out of jail over the weekend. The Dade County, Florida  jail, where Jones had been detained on $9,000 bond, said it had no one by that name Sunday morning.  

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RI News
8:20 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Oldest shopping mall in Providence evolves into microlofts

The Arcade in an undated photo
Credit courtesy of ArcadeProvidence.com

Work on the Providence Arcade is in the final stretch.   Building owner Evan Granoff says the job of rehabilitating the old shopping mall is 80 percent complete and it should be ready for occupancy sometime this spring.

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RI News
7:20 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Several RIPTA routes detoured days after the storm

RIPTA bus at Kennedy Plaza
Credit RIPR file

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is still detouring 12 of its bus routes due to the aftermath of last weekend’s snow storm.  On its website RIPTA says the affected routes will remain detoured until further notice.
You can see the latest information provided by RIPTA here. 

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Will this be the year when the General Assembly strengthens RI's gun laws?

Guns in the custody of the Providence police.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Law enforcement officials have tried without success for years to make Rhode Island’s gun laws more stringent. They say tougher laws would help to deter gun-related violence. Now, in the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the question remains whether Rhode Island will beef up its gun laws. For starters, gun control supporters will have to overcome powerful opposition from the National Rifle Association.

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RI News
5:28 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Digging out: life returns to normal, for some

Brown MFA students play in downtown snow Saturday
Photo by: Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Rhode Islanders are emerging from a blizzard that sent two feet of snow and hurricane-force winds, grinding Rhode Island to a halt.  But life isn’t entirely back to normal for everyone.

Many Rhode Island communities have sprung back to life. Stepping out of the rain in downtown Providence, Craig Ellerby says he thinks this city got back on its feet quickly.

“They anticipated this stuff coming, so they had time to prepare for it," he said. "So they had a head start on the situation before it got here, which was a big plus.”

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On Politics
4:19 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Metts calls the stigma of prison "a life sentence" for former offenders seeking jobs

State Senator Harold Metts (D-Providence) says the stigma of prison is so severe for former inmates that it's virtually impossible for them to find work after serving their time. He calls that a contributor to the disproportionately high rate of unemployment for minorities in poor parts of the capital city.

“The rate of incarceration is a big factor in the unemployment in certain parts of my district, because once you get that jail record, it ends up being a lifetime sentence, because you can’t get a job.”

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RI News
2:19 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Providence inducts two new members into the MLK Jr. Hall of Fame

Providence Mayor Angel Tavares, and City Council President, Michael Solomon have inducted two new members into the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony honored two Providence men for their contributions.

John “Johnny” Britto and Dr. Wayne Montague, Sr. were selected as this year’s inductees from a list of nominees submitted by the Providence Human Relations Commission.

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RI News
12:49 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Providence storm prep: Friday commute "impossible"

Providence officials are preparing for what the National Weather Service says could be a historic snow storm.

The weather can change in an instant, of course. But officials are bracing for a whopper of a snowstorm starting tomorrow and lasting through Saturday afternoon. We could see winds up to 60 miles an hour by late Friday, coastal flooding, even thunder and lightning according to some reports.

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Arts & Culture
8:10 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Strong performance at The Wilbury Group

“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity”
Credit Brian Gagnon

Providence’s newest theater, the Wilbury Group operates out of a defunct mill in Olneyville. These nights they are taking on a feisty play, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” which was a runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. While it begins with a look at professional wrestling, Bill Gale says it aims considerably higher. “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity continues at the Wilbury Group through February 9th.  Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Education
8:19 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Providence Student Union works to empower students

Credit courtesy of providencestudentunion.org

Students protest high stakes testing in Rhode Island and Providence puts a history teacher in a physics classroom. These are some of the most heated controversies recently on the education beat. But there’s a little known force behind both of these stories. It’s a student group called the Providence Student Union. Co-founder Aaron Regunberg is a recent Brown graduate. Elisabeth Harrison asked him how he became an activist in the public schools.


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