(PROVIDENCE, RI) Governor Lincoln Chafee says the latest jobless data shows Rhode Island’s economy is on the mend. But the unemployment rate is still in double digits and still the highest in New England.
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate went from 10.4 percent in November to 10.2 percent in December. But that’s not why the Governor called the news media to his office to trumpet the data. He’s energized by five key metrics used to calculate the jobless figure – all of which are moving in the right direction for only the second time in six years.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Gov. Lincoln Chafee gives his annual state-of-the-state speech Wednesday before a joint meeting of the General Assembly. The governor is expected to discuss the state’s stalled economy in his remarks.
Rhode Island Public Radio is airing the State of the Speech live along with analysis from the political team. Coverage starts at 7 p.m.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) There are many delayed openings for local schools this morning. And there is no school for Foster-Glocester. For a complete list click here.
Prepare for a slippery, snowy commute this morning according to National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten. She says the amount of snow will vary through-out the state. She expects the Providence area will get two-to-four inches of snow.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) A report examining why Rhode Island’s business climate ranks poorly in national surveys is slated to be released Tuesday.
Rhode Island has repeatedly placed near the bottom in some national surveys on the business friendliness of different states. The new study – entitled “Moving the Needle” – was produced by the state Senate and the business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear the custody case of accused killer Jason Pleau. Pleau had been fighting a transfer from Rhode Island’s prison system to federal custody to stand trial for murder.
Stanford law professor Jeffrey Fisher worked with Pleau’s legal team. Fisher is disappointed with the Supreme Court decision.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The number of high school graduates is declining at a higher rate in Rhode Island than in the nation as a whole. That’s the conclusion of a report released by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Rhode Island joins 4 other states and the District of Columbia in having projected losses of 15-percent or more in the number of high school graduates in the school years of 2008/2009 through 2019/2020.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Attorneys for accused killer Jason Pleau are hopeful that Friday is the day they will hear that the US Supreme Court will take their case. Pleau is the subject of a debate as to whether Rhode Island has the right to refuse to hand him over to federal authorities. The legal wrangling centers on an agreement between states and the federal government when it comes to transporting detainees.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island has a new state poet. Dr. Rick Benjamin of Warwick has been selected to replace outgoing state poet Lisa Starr of Block Island, whose 5 year term has expired. Benjamin lectures at Brown, RISD and is on the faculty of Vermont’s Goddard College. He has published two volumes of poetry and has edited several others.
Women over 40 come into motherhood in several different ways. What they share is a fierceness of spirit, perseverance and a host of other qualities. Cyma Shapiro, in her work with midlife mothers, aims to dispel myths about this group; redefine women and middle age; and provide these mothers with a voice, face and forum. Her essay about her own midlife-motherhood journey also speaks to this group’s singular truths about the breakdown of all relational obstacles, and love and life choices.