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RI News
4:41 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Missing Pawtucket Woman Found In Central Falls

A developmentally disabled pregnant woman who’s been missing for a week has been found safe and sound. 

A man who had seen a missing poster of Luisa Pena noticed her walking down a street in Central Falls and contacted police.  Pawtucket police Major Arthur Martins said it’s unclear where Pena has been for the past week but she appears to be in good condition.

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RI News
4:37 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Recall Vote Sparked By Gun Rights Advocates Likely In Exeter

The chairwoman of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said it looks like there are enough petition signatures to warrant recall elections against four of the town’s five town councilors.  The recall stems from a controversy about who should handle background checks for concealed weapons permits.

The chair of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said they have enough signatures to justify a recall election against town council president Arlene Hicks and expect to have enough signatures to subject three of her colleagues to recalls as well. 

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RI News
10:41 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pawtucket Police Do Not Believe Missing Woman Was Abducted

21 year old Pawtucket woman Luisa Pena, who has been missing since October 9th.
Credit Susan Vollucci

There's still no sign of that pregnant Pawtucket woman who vanished a week ago. But police say there’s no evidence to support the theory that the woman has been abducted.

Twenty-one-year-old Luisa Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket.  The day before she disappeared she had reported a sexual assault to police. Her family fears her assailants came back to silence her. But Pawtucket Police spokesman Arthur Martins said there’s no evidence to support a kidnapping theory.

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Education
9:11 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Diane Ravitch On Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, And Teacher Evaluations In RI

NYU professor and education critic, Diane Ravitch speaking at URI.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s October, and that means students across Rhode Island are filling in bubbles on standardized tests. The annual use of testing in math and English has become a controversial tool for rating schools, and making decisions about high school diplomas, and it will soon be part of teacher evaluations too. One researcher who started out supporting standardized testing now says its part of the problem in public schools. Diane Ravitch has become one of the strongest voices in the national debate and she spoke at the University of Rhode Island last night.

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RI News
8:52 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Congressman Jim Langevin Duped By Cranston Investment Scheme

Congressman Jim Langevin.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Congressman Jim Langevin says he was among the legions of people who were duped by Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre.  The congressman is donating money he made as a profit from Caramadre’s unscrupulous scheme.

Congressman Jim Langevin said he unwittingly made a profit on an investment scheme that preyed on terminally ill people.  Langevin said he earned a profit of 86-hundred dollars from Joseph Caramadre’s Cranston estate planning business. Langevin said he donated profit to charity as soon as he became aware of Caramadre’s business practices.

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Local Features
11:53 am
Tue October 15, 2013

One Square Mile: American Cuisine and Seasonal Soup at Bristol's Persimmon

Persimmon chef and owner Champe Speidel.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With just 37 seats, Persimmon isn’t one of the largest restaurants in Bristol, but it’s won accolades far and wide for its creative cuisine.

Persimmon is nestled on State Street in downtown Bristol.

We took a visit there as part of our One Square Mile series. The sound of an industrial blower can be heard in the background of Persimmon’s kitchen.

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RI News
8:37 am
Tue October 15, 2013

UPDATE: At This Time Police Do Not Believe Missing Pawtucket Woman Was Abducted

Mother of missing woman, Luisa Pena is consoled by friends.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Pawtucket police say there is no reason to believe a missing, pregnant woman has been abducted.  Relatives of 21-year-old Luisa Pena have expressed concern that she was kidnapped by men she had accused of sexual assault. But Pawtucket police spokesman Major Arthur Martins says there is no evidence of that.

Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket. Relatives say she has the mind of a ten-year-old, has difficulty expressing herself and can’t drive.

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RI News
8:54 am
Mon October 14, 2013

State Police To Be Outfitted With Tasers

Rhode Island state police have a new weapon in their war on crime.

Rhode Island state police have purchased Tasers for all troopers and are training them in their proper use. 

State police commander Colonel Steven O’Donnell said the aim is to prevent the use of firearms where possible.

"The feedback is great. It’s another tool to protect them and to protect other people. And they’re a great tool on the street. People know what a taser does so when you deploy a taser you get a lot more compliance instead of just verbal commands," said O'Donnell.

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RI News
8:26 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Rhode Island Agency Ramping Up Efforts To Recruit Foster Parents

Foster mother Lynne Bates of Tiverton says the experience has been rewarding.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Providence social service agency is stepping up its efforts to recruit foster parents.   Officials at Family Service of Rhode Island say children are being forced to live in group homes for lack of a loving family. 

As Lynne Bates prepares a Sunday meal of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes she reflects on the last 12 years, years in which a parade of ten foster children have passed through her home.  She has two biological children and adopted two of the foster children.  She’s the first to tell you fostering is not always easy, but she says it’s definitely worth it.

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Local Features
1:00 am
Sat October 12, 2013

One Square Mile: The Portuguese Gardens of Bristol

Ed and Rachel Castro
Photo Cred. Emma Ruddock

All this week we've been bringing you stories from Bristol in our series One Square Mile. Today we check in on the Portuguese Gardens in Bristol. This specific style of gardening sheds light not only on specific Portuguese traditions but also on the individuals who choose to practice it. Rhode Island Public Radio's Emma Ruddock visits Ed and Rachel Castro to learn more about the beautiful gardens right in their back yard. Here is an audio postcard.

 

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