Rhode Island

The Bottom Line
2:37 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Farmers Help Grow RI’s Economy

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 Ken Ayars, chief of the Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture. They talk about the state of local farming, the changing definition of farming and how farms contribute to the local economy.

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

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Paying For It
8:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

After Graduation, Navigating The World Of Student Loans

Students walk through Bryant University's campus in the warm weather. Bryant University students average the highest student debt in Rhode Island.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

In the final installment of our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visits the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority to speak with Executive Director Charlie Kelley. She asked him to walk through the payment system for a student who has borrowed $31,000, about the average for recent graduates in Rhode Island.

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Education
8:21 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Woonsocket Schools To Offer Full-Day Kindergarten

Woonsocket schools will offer full-day kindergarten starting in the fall.  The school department says it will come at no extra cost to taxpayers.

Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan says about 7 percent of first graders are held back each year because they are reading below grade level. To close that gap, the school department will offer more than 500 children full-day kindergarten in 22 classrooms.

This will require eleven new teachers and eleven new teaching assistants. The school department says that can be paid for with federal grants and a boost in state aid.

Paying For It
8:13 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Uncertain Futures As Student Debt Looms Large

Bryant University student Sierra Moore expects to spend more than a decade paying off her student loans.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Colleges all across Rhode Island hold graduation ceremonies this month, and many of their students will receive diplomas and then face thousands of dollars in student loans.  

As we continue our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison looked at how mounting student loans are impacting students and the decisions they make about their future.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Sen. Reed Outlines Bill Lowering Cost Of Student Loan Debt

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Jack Reed joined by Senators Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren outlined legislation Wednesday that curbs student loan debt.

The bill allows federal and private student loans to be refinanced at a lower rate with no refinancing fees. The interest on some loans can reach 14 percent. The bill lowers that to 3.86 percent. Reed said the bill is critical to the country’s future.

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Paying For It
5:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

After Bankruptcy And Divorce, Student Debt Still Persists

Allison Dean learned the ins and outs of college loans through personal experience.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Many Rhode Islanders are paying off student loans that average more than $31,000, one of the highest student debt burdens in the nation. As we continue our series Paying for It: Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt, we look at what happens when those loans are too much to handle.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Allison Dean at her house on a quiet street in Warwick, sandwiched between the airport and Narragansett Bay.

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Environment
8:50 am
Tue May 13, 2014

CRMC May Vote To Approve Deepwater Wind Project

The CRMC may approve a wind turbine project in Rhode Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Coastal Resources Management Council will discuss a subcommittee’s recommendation to approve Deepwater Wind’s proposed Block Island Wind Farm Tuesday. This may be another big vote for the project.

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Paying For It
8:18 am
Tue May 13, 2014

RISD Graduate Faces Hundreds of Thousands in Student Loans

Johnny Adimando in his printmaking studio in Pawtucket.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island has the fifth highest rate of student loan debt in the country and experts say part of the reason is the large number of expensive, private colleges, like Bryant University, Providence College and Salve Regina in Newport. One of the most expensive is the Rhode Island School of Design.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, met one graduate now staring down hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.

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Paying For It
9:17 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt

Thousands of colleges seniors receive their diplomas this month in Rhode Island and across the nation.  And thousands of them will soon have to start paying off their student loans. 

Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of student debt in the nation; the average burden on students in the class of 2012 was more than $30,000, according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success.

As part of our series looking at what it's like to live with student debt, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Lauren Asher, the Institute's director.

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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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