Rhode Island

RI News
2:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Santander Pledges $24M Loans To Providence Low & Moderate-Income Residents

Mayor Angel Taveras announced back in May the lawsuit against Santander for limiting loans in minority neighborhoods. That lawsuit has been dropped.
Credit File / RIPR

Providence mayor Angel Taveras said he’s thrilled with a pledge from the bank Santander to make millions of dollars of loans to low and moderate-income residents.

The city sued the bank last May claiming it deliberately limited loans in minority neighborhoods. That lawsuit was dropped, and in return Santander gave Providence $1.3 million in grants and now promises to make $24 million in loans over the next three years.

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RI News
12:02 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

RI State Police Hitting The Road Looking For Drunk Drivers

Rhode Island State Police will add troopers to patrols for the holiday starting Friday.
Credit File / RIPR

More troopers will be out on the roads starting Friday cracking down on drunk drivers.

State Police will roll out two initiatives. The first one starts Friday with troopers looking out for aggressive drivers, drivers who are texting, seatbelt violations, and drunk or impaired drivers. That runs through New Year’s Day.

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Education
9:32 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rhode Island Receives $2M To Expand Statewide Preschool Education

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says Rhode Island is on the right track when it comes to promoting early childhood education.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island is getting $2.3 million to help expand the state’s public preschool programs.  There are already 17 up and running.

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RI News
9:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

New Data Released On The State's Homeless Population

Last month, hundreds of volunteers fanned out across the state to survey the state’s homeless population. They checked shelters, walked the streets and combed the woods; seeking out homeless residents and asking questions about their health and needs. The data were then compiled and analyzed by homeless advocates. Jim Ryczek executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless shared what they found with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch.

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Transportation
7:56 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Renovated Kennedy Plaza Set To Reopen Early Next Year

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, before its renovation.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority expects Kennedy Plaza in Providence to be ready for regular bus service in mid-January.  

The bus hub has been closed since the summer to accommodate safety and design improvements.  RIPTA says the project is taking longer than expected because of some needed changes.  The Kennedy Plaza improvements will include passenger-friendly shelters, lighted signage, trees, and automated ticketing machines.  

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Health Care
8:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

RI Nursing Homes Collecting Donations To Help Fight Ebola

Nursing homes across Rhode Island will be collecting donations to help fight Ebola in West Africa. That’s because, the state’s nursing home association recognized a need to help its large community of West African workers.

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The Bob Kerr Essay
6:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Bob Kerr: How The Golden Age Grease Caper Gave Me Hope

The Golden Age Grease Caper gives us hope - at least those of us who are closing in on that rock solid verification of old age, that sure fire boarding pass for the bus to Foxwoods and the complimentary roll of quarters.

The Golden Age Grease caper provides one of those cherished, you’re-never-too-old moments that can be warmly, eagerly embraced as a ringing geezer declaration of independence. 

Personally, I’m taking it as irrefutable proof that 70 is the new 65.        

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RI News
2:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Gas Prices Continue To Fall In RI, MA & CT

Rhode Islanders are paying an average $2.86 for a gallon of regular unleaded, that's down 63 cents from a year ago.
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Prices continue to fall at the pump, drivers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut are all paying less for an average gallon of regular unleaded.

In Rhode Island, it will cost you $2.86 a gallon, that’s a seven-cent drop from last week. Drivers in Massachusetts are paying an average $2.78 a gallon, and Connecticut drivers are paying $3.01, nine cents lower than last week.

This is the 14th straight week that the AAA survey found prices dropping in the Ocean State. A year ago, Rhode Islanders were paying 63 cents more per gallon.

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RI News
2:17 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

RI ACLU Files Lawsuit Against The Providence Department

ACLU director Steven Brown
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit against the Providence Police Department.  The ACLU says the department violated the rights of two protesters outside a campaign fundraiser for Gina Raimondo.

Last year Shannah Kurland was arrested for refusing to move during a protest at Roger Williams Park against then-gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.  Kurland said she was moved so far away from the event, more than 250 feet, that her protest was ineffectual; violating her rights to free speech and public demonstration.

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RI News
9:09 am
Mon December 8, 2014

D.E.M. Seeks Public Input On The State's Wildlife Action Plan

The Department of Environmental Management wants the public to have a role in shaping the state’s wildlife conservation efforts. The DEM will hold the first of four public meetings tonight to discuss the state's wildlife action plan. 

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