Rhode Island

Economy
9:16 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Efforts To Curb Payday Lending At The Statehouse Once Again

The issue of payday lending has come up many times in recent years at the general assembly.
Credit RIPR FILE

Legislation dealing with payday loans is once again working its way through the general assembly.

This is the latest of several attempts in recent years to curb payday lending in Rhode Island at the Statehouse.

The controversial practice offers quick loans, but they often come with interest rates that can soar to more than two-hundred fifty percent.

At the Statehouse, Representative Frank Ferri, and Senator Juan Pichardo announced they’ll introduce legislation capping payday loan interest rates at thirty six percent.

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Providence
9:01 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Adrain To Throw Hat Into Providence Mayoral Race

Adrian is the latest person to officially announce his candidacy for Mayor of Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

Lorne Adrain plans to formally announce his campaign for mayor of Providence Monday.  Adrain is the latest in a string of candidates to join the race.

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Environment
4:32 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Edgewood Yacht Club Looking To Rebuild In Cranston

The Edgewood Yacht Club clubhouse before it was destroyed by a fire.
Credit Ericka Smith / flickr

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Edgewood Yacht Club is seeking a permit to build a new clubhouse.

The old Edgewood Yacht Club stood on pilings along the Providence River for more than 100 years, until a massive fire destroyed it back in January of 2011. Now the yacht club is working to build a new clubhouse, a 2,025 square-foot structure located at the same location. The Edgewood Yacht Club needs a permit from the Corps of Engineers before it can start building.

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Education
4:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

NECAP Results Show Nearly 2K Students Diploma At Risk

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso roll out the latest NECAP test score results in Providence on Friday.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Roughly 20 percent of this year’s high school seniors will have to take the NECAP test a third time, or find another way to meet the state’s new test-linked diploma system. That according to the latest NECAP scores out of the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is calling this good news because it represents a significant drop in the number of seniors at risk of not graduating. “So this means in the current senior class, 1,370 students, improved their performance in mathematics or made partial proficiency,” said Gist.

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The Bottom Line
2:02 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The Bottom Line: PBN Survey Finds More Jobs Will Open Up In 2014

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 they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark pour over the latest PBN survey of local businesses. PBN has been conducting the survey since 2008, and this one is more optimistic than in years past: it finds more businesses expect to hire in the coming year and capital investment is up.

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Politics
9:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates

Sen. Jack Reeds holds a press conference after the Senate passed legislation that delays flood insurance rate hikes.
Credit Courtesy: Sen. Jack Reed's Office

Rhode Island’s senators are applauding a 67- 32 vote passing legislation that delays a spike in flood insurance premiums. Sen. Jack Reed said the Senate took a positive, bi-partisan step, while Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the measure a necessary step to balance solvency of the federal flood insurance program with rate shock.

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Artscape
9:59 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: In Conversation With RI Author Rosemary Mahoney

Sabriya Tenberken, Rosemary Mahoney, and Scott MacKay
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

In this month’s Artscape, RI Public Radio’s Scott MacKay speaks with Rhode Island author Rosemary Mahoney.  Mahoney spent time in India and Tibet volunteering at a school for the blind.  Her new book about that experience is entitled `For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.’

She spoke with Scott MacKay in our Providence studios.

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Standardized Testing
9:20 am
Thu January 30, 2014

RI Students Protest Linking NECAP Test Scores To High School Graduation

Students with the Providence Student Union dressed as guinea pigs demonstrate at the Statehouse.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Island Education commissioner Deborah Gist delivers her annual State of Education address Thursday.  Standardized test scores for thousands of RI students come out Friday, and some 4,000 high school seniors will find out whether they did well enough to graduate. This is the first year test scores are linked are required under a new sate policy, and some students are protesting.

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Theater Reviews
4:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Wilbury Group’s “An Iliad” Packs A Real Punch

Matthew Fraza as the Poet in Wilbury Theater Group's one-man production 'An Illiad.'
Credit Wilbury Theater Group

Ah, yes, ahh, “The Iliad.” By Homer. We all know that. Helen of Troy. Achilles Agamemnon. Lots of battles, murders and . . . Well, you know truth is that a lot of folks, myself certainly included, pretty much slept through any course we ever took on “The Iliad.” We ended up with not a whole lot more than the ability to say, “Oh, yes, the Iliad. By Homer.” Haven’t looked at that in years.”

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

George Wein: Pete Seeger Is The Heart of the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival founder George Wein says Pete Seeger's legacy will be "the power of song."
Credit file / RIPR

Newport Jazz and Folk Festival founder George Wein is calling folk legend Pete Seeger the heart and soul of the folk festival. Seeger was on the Newport Folk Festival’s first board, and Wein credits Seeger for re-starting the festival in 1963 after it fizzled out in 1960.

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