Rhode Island

Environment
8:44 am
Mon May 12, 2014

RI DEM Partnering With URI To Start Fisheries Institute

A newly created fisheries institute in Rhode Island will develop and take on new innovative and practical research projects. The institute is partnership between the Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island.

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Arts & Culture
8:33 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Newport Historical Society Investing In City's Revolutionary Past

The Wanton Lyman Hazard house in Newport.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Newport Historical Society is working to attract more visitors by drawing more attention to the city’s revolutionary history. Historical Society director Ruth Taylor says they plan to revamp the historic Wanton-Lymon-Hazard house into a museum that brings Newport’s role in the American Revolution to life. Right now, said Taylor, places like Boston and Concord corner the revolutionary tourist market.

“They’re eating our lunch because really important things from the same period happened here. And it’s just less well known," said Taylor.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

RI Board Of Education Tackles ACLU Petition

A public discussion over making test scores part of the high school graduation requirement will take place at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.

It took a court order, but the Board of Education will hold a public vote on a petition over whether high school diplomas should be linked to test scores.  

Some 4,000 students failed to pass the NECAP last fall, many of them from urban schools. ACLU director Steve Brown said what’s now known about who failed the test should be an influence.

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Business
3:00 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Bottom Line: Paolino Bets On Table Games In Newport

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

This week Dave and Mark talk Joe Paolino about plans he and his partners have to revamp Newport Grand. The idea is to turn the struggling slot parlor into an entertainment complex that offers table games, but that all hinges on residents approving the move at the polls.

When to Listen

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

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RI News
1:53 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Roger Williams Park Zoo Announces Birth Of Baby Kanagroo

Holly, a baby Matschie Tree Kangaroo peaks her head out of her mother's pouch.
Credit Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo is announcing the birth of a Matschie Tree Kanagroo. The baby kangaroo has just started to poke her head out of her mother’s pouch.

Zookeepers are pretty sure the baby Matschie Tree Kangaroo is a girl, and went ahead and named her Holly.

She was born back in October and has spent the past several months tucked away in her mother’s pouch. Now that she’s poking her head out, the zoo decided to spread the news. 

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Politics
9:07 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed in the Finance Committee.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A state Senate committee voted Tuesday to create a new Rhode Island infrastructure fund that would eliminate tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, the bill faces several hurdles to take effect.

The legislation unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee would generate 800 million dollars over 10 years for keeping up roads and bridges. Senate President Teresa Pavia Weed calls the bill a long-term approach, starting next year, for improving the state’s decaying infrastructure.

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Environment
8:58 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Allergy Season Expected To Be Especially Harsh

White Pine tree branches, which are partly responsible for the especially harsh allergy season.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Experts are predicting an unusually bad allergy season with high levels of pollen this year. They note that the cold and wet spring has delayed the onset of pollen production and will cause many types of plants to produce allergens at once. Professor Keith Killingbeck of The University of Rhode Island said he was surprised by the intensity of the allergen levels.

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Theater Reviews
4:17 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Gamm's "Blackbird" Takes A Tough Look At Molestation

Madeleine Lambert as Una, Jim O'Brien as Ray in "Blackbird."
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

Yes, “Blackbird,” by Scottish author David Harrower, is a toughie. There’s no way around but to say that it focuses intimately, deeply on child molestation. It considers who was involved. It asks if whether both of its main characters – a middle aged man and a 12-year-old girl -- did not each suffer greatly. And, most tellingly, it offers no solutions.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Bill Would Put RI Gov. & Lt. Gov. On Joint Ticket

A senate committee will vote Wednesday on legislation that would ultimately put the governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket. The bill co-sponsored by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would let voters decide on a constitutional amendment linking the two top offices.

Paiva Weed said previous lieutenant governors have had to define their own roles, while this legislation would make them an assistant to the governor.

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RI News
4:22 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Single Clamp Holding Up Circus Performers Snapped, Says Investigators

Circus trucks outside the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence where performers fell in an accident.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Investigators say a clamp that held up an apparatus snapped, sending eight acrobats plunging 35 feet to the ground, falling on a dancer below. It happened on Sunday during a circus act where women dangle high above the ground from their hair.

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