Rhode Island

Politics
9:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education

Cranston mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung.
Credit Ian Donnis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung wants Rhode Island to go back to having separate state boards for K-through-12 and higher education.

Fung unveiled his education plan Thursday. He said he’d make the state education commissioner report directly to the governor, and eliminate a separate post for commissioner of higher education. Fung said he believes these structural changes will improve public education in Rhode Island.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

RI Bill Would Also Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

E-cigarettes may soon be subject to the same regulations as traditional cigarettes.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Tobacco Free Rhode Island is applauding proposed rules out of the US Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes. The rules are similar to those in a bill pending at the Statehouse.

The proposed FDA rules would require warning labels and ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. A bill before the General Assembly also bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and would require a license for e-cigarette retailers.

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Artscape
9:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Sacred Harp Singing In Rhode Island

Sacred Harp singers at the Meeting House on the east side of Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Earlier this month dozens of musicians from across New England and beyond gathered in Providence for the eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’ If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a clue: it doesn’t involve any harps.  It's the subject of this month's Rhode Island Artscape.

That’s the sound of about one hundred people, gathered at the Quaker Meeting House on the East Side of Providence.  They’re taking part in the state’s largest gathering of Sacred Harp singers.  The eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’

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Education
9:08 am
Thu April 24, 2014

URI Professor Awarded National Honor

Dr. Robert Ballard at the office of Naval Research.
Credit U.S. Navy

One of the University of Rhode Island’s most famous professors is receiving a national honor.  Robert Ballard will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Oceanography professor Robert Ballard first came to international prominence when discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.  Ballard received his doctorate from URI in 1974, and joined the School of Oceanography in the mid-2000’s.  He now heads the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.

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Politics
9:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Providence Official Indicted In 'Plunder Dome' Scandal Dies

Providence City Hall
Credit RIPR FILE

A former Providence tax official who was convicted of extorting bribes in the Operation Plunder Dome case has died.  David Ead testified against Buddy Cianci during the trial that landed Cianci in prison.

Ead was a former Providence police officer who ran a vending machine company. During the Plunder Dome trial in 2002, Ead testified that a $5000 payment and a call from Cianci got a family friend a job in the Providence planning department.

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Health Care
9:08 am
Wed April 23, 2014

RI's Eldery Latino Population Increasingly Isolated

Elderly Latinos in Rhode Island and their families may not be aware of the programs available to help them.  That’s the premise of a conference planned for Wednesday at Rhode Island College.

RIC’s gerontology program is hosting the conference, called “Meeting the Needs of Latino Elderly.” The idea is to draw attention to state programs Latinos and their families might not know about because of language barriers or immigration status. But Latino community advocate and conference moderator Delia Rodriquez Masjoan said those aren’t the only reasons.

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Environment
2:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

It’s The Season For Seal Pupping Along Coastal New England

A common harbor seal.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

It’s that time of year when gray and harbor seals come ashore to give birth, but most of the birthing will happen north of us.

For harbor seals, Rhode Island is kind of their Florida. They arrive when the weather gets cold and leave by baseball season. URI emeritus research scientist Robert Kenny said harbor seals then go north to give birth, and there’s a good reason why that won’t happen on Rhode Island’s shores.

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RI Higher Education
9:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Johnson And Wales Students Take Top Prizes At Culinary Competition

Johnson and Wales campus in downtown Providence.
Credit Erika Smith / flickr

A major culinary conference wrapped up in Warwick, and Johnson & Wales students came away big winners.

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RI Higher Education
1:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community

An artist rendering of the center, which will house offices, a conference room, and a multi-use spaces.
Credit URI

The University of Rhode Island broke ground this morning on a center for the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The center is unique among college campuses.

URI says it’s the only school in the nation to design and build a center specifically for the LGBTQ community.  State officials were on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, and state senator Frank Ferri, who championed Rhode Island’s push for legal same-sex marriages.  Annie Russell is the center’s director.

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Weather
11:10 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Looks Like Spring, Feels Like Winter

Icicles hanging from trees in downtown Providence. It's April.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Islanders may have had to dig those winter coats back out this morning.

After a warm weekend, with highs in the sixties, residents woke up to sleet, and icy windshields.

The National Weather Service reports that temperatures dropped into the low thirties overnight, with just under a half inch of precipitation measured at T.F. Green Airport.

And though the skies have cleared up temperatures are expected to hover in the forties Wednesday, with lows in the twenties.  Only slightly warmer weather is predicted for the rest of the week.

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