Rhode Island

Environment
10:38 am
Tue December 10, 2013

RI Joins States Seeking Protection From Polluters

Rhode Island is one of eight state's seeking EPA protection from out-of-state polluters.

Rhode Island is one of eight states that are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency for protection from out-of-state polluters.

The multi-state action is directed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

The petition cites decades of inaction by these so-called ‘upwind’ states and asks the EPA to require them to join a compact of states committed to reducing pollution.

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Arts & Culture
9:05 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Students From Across Rhode Island Bring Music To The Statehouse For The Holidays

Chorus students from West Glocester Elementary School.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Elementary, middle and high school students from across Rhode Island are storming the State House this month to perform music for the holiday season.

The holiday concerts are part of a series put on by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, with up to three or four schools singing in a row, in the Statehouse Rotunda.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught a few of those concerts and has this audio postcard.

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RI News
2:37 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

RI’s Bishop Tobin Calls Out Mandela For Legalizing Abortion

Bishop Thomas Tobin.
Credit Providence Diocese

Bishop Thomas Tobin, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Rhode Island, has issued a statement critical of the late Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died last week after a prolonged battle with a lung infection. He was 95.

In a statement, Tobin said there is much to admire about the South African leader, particularly his personal courage and stalwart defense of human rights.

But Tobin takes issue with Mandela’s support of abortion rights.  Tobin said this aspect of Mandela’s life is, “not at all praiseworthy.”

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Environment
2:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Growing Number Of Snowy Owls Spotted In Rhode Island

Snowy Owl sightings have increased throughout Rhode Island
Credit Wikimedia

A University of Rhode Island professor says the state is seeing an unprecedented number of snowy owls this year.

The snowy owl lives in the Arctic, but when its population explodes and there is stiff competition for food, many fly south. That’s what’s happened this year, where sightings of the owl have been seen as far south as Bermuda. University of Rhode Island ecology professor Peter Paton said Rhode Island has received 15 reports of sightings.

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RI News
9:30 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Wintery Weather Hits Rhode Island

Wintery mix hits Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The calendar still says autumn but it sure is looking like winter out there. You’re waking up to a mixture of snow and sleet which may make the morning commute a challenge. National Weather Service meteorologist Hayden Frank says the afternoon commute will be much easier.

"We’ll see a transition from the snow and sleet to rain as we work through Monday morning but the Monday morning commute will be messy because we will be dealing with a mixture of snow and sleet at the time," said Frank on Sunday.

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RI News
9:15 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kent Hospital Worker Looks At 100

Mary Poncin, a greeter at Kent Hostpital, has been working since 1928.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

There aren’t many people who live to be 100.   And even fewer who make it to that age but still work. That’s what makes Mary Poncin so special.

Mary Poncin turns 100 Tuesday.  And amazingly she still works. She’s a greeter at Kent Hospital. You’ll find her at the main entrance every morning, Monday through Friday.

"Why do you still work?"

"Well you need the extra money. Social Security doesn’t cover everything," said Poncin.

"So it’s a financial issue for you, huh?"

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The Bottom Line
5:44 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

The Bottom Line: New Job Training Program For 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.

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Environment
4:24 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

RI Joins Pact To Lower Energy Costs In New England

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the rest of New England’s governors signing an accord to create a regional power plan.

New England’s six governors say if their states work together, they can share the cost of building natural gas pipelines and power transmission lines delivering Canadian hydro-power, and that will lower energy costs.  Chafee warns it will take a long-term investment to bring down power bills.

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Local Features
8:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Rhode Islanders Remember Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013

Nelson Mandela in 2008
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Rhode Islanders who knew Nelson Mandela remember him as a kind, dignified man.

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RI News
2:43 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fast Food Workers Protest For Higher Wages

Protestors rally outside Wendy's in Warwick for wage hikes for fast-food employees in Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Demonstrators and workers gathered to protest the minimum wage fast food chain Wendy’ s Thursday afternoon in Warwick.

Dozens of people gathered in the light rain in front of Wendy’s on Warwick Ave demanding an increase in lowest level pay from seven dollars seventy-five cents to fifteen dollars an hour.

The protest was one of one-hundred strikes going on in different cities throughout the country. 

Protestor Bounche Dorbor of Central Falls has been working at Wendy’s for the last five years making seven dollars seventy-five cents an hour.

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