A program designed to help Rhode Island's older adult population prepare for climate change threats is one of several projects that will receive federal money as part of the state's disaster recovery action plan. This program will receive $150,000 over the next two years.
Rhode Island, along with all other states, is being asked to submit new “teacher equity plans,” to the U.S. Department of Education. Originally created in 2006, these plans are designed to insure that poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates by inexperienced or unqualified teachers.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is praising Rhode Island for its work implementing its original plan.
The Republican candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Ken Block and Allan Fung answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.
You can hear the program in its three segments here:
Well, yes it does. At the Ocean State in Warwick “Guys and Dolls” – admittedly one of my all-time favorite musicals – comes across as a bifurcated project. On the one hand there is still that marvelous score by Frank Loesser, songs that can break your heart and make you laugh out loud. Under music director Justin P. Cowan they are handled well by a cast of good singers who know how to offer a song without seeming to force it.
Lifespan, one of Rhode Island's largest employers, is implementing a new policy that will make employees who use tobacco products pay a surcharge.
The policy will tack on an extra $600 a year to the medical benefits of any employee or spouse or domestic partner covered by company insurance who uses tobacco products. That includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.
Lifespan will also offer employees free smoking cessation programs.
Lifespan’s CEO says it’s a way to encourage employees to quit.
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 Giovanni Feroce formerly of Alex + Ani and now starting a new lifestyle product line by reviving the BENRUS brand. They discuss the new product line: how it was started, its immediate future and the potential for manufacturing products in Rhode Island.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
The black poodle left in a car in Johnston is in good condition and recovering at the Rhode Island SPCA.
The dog’s owner is the first to be charged under a new law making it a misdemeanor to leave animals inside vehicles on extremely hot or cold days. Owners caught leaving a pet in the car face up to a year in prison, $1,000 fine, or both.
Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks. The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.
City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco. Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.