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Education
9:10 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Afterschool program hopes students can curb dropouts

A new program at the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) pairs high school students with middle schoolers, on the theory that a mentoring relationship with an older student might discourage dropping out.

PASA organizers say they are focusing on 8th graders, who often face a tough road when they transition from middle school into high school. Just 66 percent of Providence students graduate from high school within four years.

Politics
8:26 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Judge to consider freedom of speech case

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a woman who ran into police interference while trying to leaflet outside a political event.

Three years ago Providence resident Judith Reilly was distributing flyers on a public sidewalk outside where then-Mayor David Cicilline was giving his “state of the city” address. The leaflets were critical of a mayoral appointee.

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Business
5:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Bottom Line: Restaurant Week

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Robert I. Burke, proprietor of the Pot au Feu restaurant in Providence. They discuss “Restaurant Week”, the value of Johnson & Whales, and how the industry is changing to accommodate younger diners.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Moody's weighs in on Providence, East Providence, and North Providence

Moody’s Investors Service is giving Providence mixed comments on its fiscal condition.

Moody’s says an audit revealing a $15 million Providence deficit for the last fiscal year could hurt the city’s credit rating. But it says Providence now has a balanced budget, and it calls that a sign of progress toward restored fiscal stability.

Mayor Angel Taveras inherited a $110 million deficit when he took office in 2011. Moody’s says a series of previous deficits caused by state aid cuts leave Providence little room for error if other revenue gets squeezed.

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Education
9:33 am
Tue January 15, 2013

National education official coming to Providence

(PROVIDENCE, RI) National Education Secretary Arne Duncan is about to pay a visit to Rhode Island’s capital city.  Duncan will be in Providence February 12th to help launch “United Providence “ – a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a school district and a teacher’s union with the aim of improving public schools.

United Providence is currently working to improve three Providence schools – the Carl Laura Elementary School, Gilbert Stuart Middle School and Alvarez High School.

Politics
8:29 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Wampanoag draw attention to plight of aboriginal Canadians

RI Wampanoags protest in solidarity with Canadian Aboriginals
Credit Flo Jonic

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Members of the Wampanoag Tribe gathered at Kennedy Plaza Tuesday to protest in solidarity with the indigenous people of Canada.

About 50 Wampanoags did a circle dance in front of Providence City Hall to show their support for Theresa Spence and her people.  She’s chief of Canada’s Attawapiskat tribe and has been on a hunger strike since December 11th over the Canadian government’s history of broken treaties.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Pare says tougher gun laws needed to curb violence in RI

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says the state can reduce gun-related violence by passing more stringent laws. Pare says most of the guns used for crime are illegally owned.

Pare says tougher penalties for illegal gun possession helped to dramatically reduce gun-related crime in New York City. He says more stringent punishments could help to have the same effect in Rhode Island.

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Politics
11:20 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Firefighters vote on revised deal

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Providence firefighters vote Wednesday on a revised deal with the city. Paul Doughty, president of the city’s firefighters union, says members are voting on a couple of changes, but the most important one centers on how well their pension is funded. He says right now the pension is about 30 percent funded. Firefighters will vote on a provision requiring the city to pay at least 95 percent of its yearly contribution until the pension is 80 percent funded.

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RI News
10:39 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Providence looks to reduce gun violence

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says the city is boosting efforts to try to reduce gun violence after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Taveras and other mayors plan to stage gun buy-back programs across the state next month.

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The Education Blog
2:35 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Duncan weighs in on RI’s Race to the Top programs and Providence schools


U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Photo by Ralph Alswang.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he’s happy with the way Rhode Island is using its $75 million Race to the Top Grant. The state has been working on several major initiatives including annual teacher evaluations and curriculum reviews.

Duncan says his staff will sit down with state education officials next week to review their progress.

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