Rhode Island

Arts & Culture
1:43 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

From Teen Filmmakers to Woody Allen: RI Film Office Works to Make It Happen

Steven Feinberg, Woody Allen filming in Rhode Island
Credit Lew Place / Copyright: Feinberg Entertainment 2014

Young filmmakers took center stage Saturday night at the Give Me 5 Teen Film Festival, for an evening of short films by teenagers across Rhode Island. RIPR's Chuck Hinman sat down with Steven Feinberg from the state's Film and TV Office to talk about the festival, Woody Allen's new movie (shot in RI) and the state of the local film industry.

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Environment
9:04 am
Fri May 15, 2015

New Efforts Announced To Boost Atlantic Salmon Populations

The Atlantic Salmon population has reached dangerously low levels.
Credit Hans-Petter Fjeld / Wikimedia Commons

In regional news, the Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon, known as the “king of fish,” is one of eight marine species most at risk for extinction in the near future. The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just announced a new campaign to beef up efforts to help these endangered species survive.

NOAA Fisheries biologist Tara Trinko Lake said the Atlantic salmon were once abundant as far south as Connecticut, but they started to decline in the late 1800s from dams, overfishing, and pollution.

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RI News
8:58 am
Fri May 15, 2015

After Devastating Earthquakes, Rhode Islanders Assisting In Aid Efforts In Nepal

About two weeks ago a devastating earthquake ravaged the Asian country of Nepal. The quake claimed the lives of at least 8,000 people, in and around the capital of Kathmandu. Just this week a second earthquake hit the country, killing at least 65 more people.  Thousands of Nepalese are living without shelter or power, many in remote areas difficult for aid workers to reach.

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RI News
8:35 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Official Lineup Of Providence International Arts Festival Announced

Mayor Jorge Elorza announces the lineup for the Providence International Arts Festival with First Works director Kathleen Pletcher
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The lineup has been announced for the first annual Providence International Arts Festival.  Part of the idea is branding the city as a national cultural destination.

The festival will take place over four days this June, and will feature more than 500 artists. International headlining acts include African singer Angelique Kidjo and the Mexican Squonk Opera.

Even with international headliners, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza stressed that festival will showcase dozens of local acts.

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Education
9:21 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Rising Tide: For New College Grads, Job Prospects May Be Brightening

Students wander through the University of Rhode Island's job fair. Job prospects for recent grads seem to be looking up.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

New graduates receive diplomas this weekend at the University of Rhode Island. Like grads across the state, they enter a job market showing signs of recovery. But Rhode Island still suffers from one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

As we continue our series Rising Tide, looking at whether Rhode Island is emerging from the Great Recession, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison checks in with college students to find out how they view the future.

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