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Politics
8:59 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change

Woonsocket City Hall
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In Woonsocket, voters have chosen a new mayor.

They voted by a more than 2-1 margin to elect  State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, ousting incumbent mayor Leo Fontaine.

Baldelli-Hunt will take the reins of a city that severely raised property taxes to avoid bankruptcy.  Like many residents, voter Farid Latash said the city's financial problems are frustrating.

"Big problem with the taxes.  Nobody working.  Nobody got no money.  They keep raising taxes, raising everything.  That's about it," said Latash.

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Theater Reviews
4:10 am
Wed November 6, 2013

2nd Story’s “Sons of the Prophet” Doesn’t Shy Away From Anything

Vince Petronio, Nathan Goncalves, Andrew Iacovelli, Jed Hancock-Brainerd, Paula Faber star in 2nd Story Theatre's "Sons of the Prophet."
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

“Sons of the Prophet” comes to Rhode Island with a pretty darn good reputation. Brown University graduate Stephan Karam’s play was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and did win several awards that year. It was a favorite of Manhattan’s downtown theater crowd, too.

So, what happened?

At 2nd Story this work, which the author calls “a comedy about a guy coping with chronic pain” seems pretty much weak-kneed. Its “comedy” never really clicks; its philosophy, which seems to be that coping with the unspeakable can be nourishing, doesn’t seem real, or true.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day In Woonsocket And Central Falls

Monsignor Gadoury Catholic School is one of 11 polling places open today in Woonsocket.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Woonsocket election officials are expecting about a third of eligible voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral election. State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt faces current Mayor Leo Fontaine in the municipal election, which also features races for city council.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections

Voters head to the polls in Woonsocket and Central Falls for local elections.
Credit RIPR FILE

Tuesday’s Election Day in Woonsocket and Central Falls where a number of municipal offices are up for grabs.

The most hotly contested race is in Woonsocket where Mayor Leo Fontaine is fending off a challenge from State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.  She got three times as many votes as he did in the October 8th primary, turning the Mayor into an underdog.  The two have debated five times in recent weeks.

In addition to the mayoral race, Woonsocket voters will choose seven city councilors from 14 candidates.

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RI News
9:20 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Westerly Zoning Board Takes Up Copar Quarry Expansion

Westerly’s Zoning Board is circling back to a cease and desist order against Copar and Westerly Granite. Tuesday's hearing picks up where the zoning board left off earlier this year.

Residents near Copar’s quary say it’s noisy and spews rock and dust into the air, causing health risks. Copar says the noise is no louder than a busy road.

Meanwhile, Copar and the Town of Westerly are locked in a lawsuit that the former town manager was hoping would be resolved in mediation.

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Transportation
9:10 am
Tue November 5, 2013

AAA Study Finds Alarming Rates Of Drowsy Driving

A new study shows some 28 percent of drivers drive while extremely sleepy.
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Triple A is out with a study that should be a wake-up call for those who drive while drowsy.  The problem of sleepy driving is more prevalent than you might realize.

A study on sleepy driving commissioned by Triple ‘A’ finds that 28 percent of motorists reported being so tired in the past month they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.  Motorists between the ages of 19 and 24 were the most likely to report driving drowsy.  Elderly motorists and those between the ages of 16 and 18 were least likely to drive drowsy.

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Education
8:41 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Despite Critics, Achievement First Charter School Up And Running

Emily James teaches a first grade class at Providence's first Achievement First charter elementary school.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Achievement First is a brand new charter school in Providence that also operates schools in Connecticut and New York.  Critics fought hard to keep it from opening in Rhode Island, arguing that among other problems, it would take money away from other public schools. But supporters and organizers from Achievement First say they are offering an alternative to public schools that are struggling. Rhode Island Public Radio's Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison took a tour of the Providence school.

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RI News
1:15 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

A Growing Number of RI’s Homeless Population Is Elderly

The Harold Lewis House added more beds to the West Warwick facility.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A new report finds Rhode Island’s aging homeless population is growing rapidly.  According to Crossroads Rhode Island, the number of aging homeless adults increased 34 percent between 2010 and 2012, whereas total homelessness increased only ten percent. 

Terry Jones has been off the streets for six years but he still pinches himself over his good fortune. Jones, who’s 71-years-old, is a resident of the Harold Lewis House in West Warwick, a home providing single or twin occupancy rooms for disabled, aging homeless adults.

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RI News
1:03 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Cuts to SNAP Will Hit 17 Percent of Rhode Islanders

We’re learning more about how recently enacted cuts in the food stamp program will affect Rhode Island. It will hit virtually every Rhode Islander who receives food stamp benefits.

Cuts in the food stamp program enacted November 1st will affect 181,000 Rhode Islanders, or 17 percent of the state’s population.  The cuts will reduce the monthly food stamp benefit by $11 for an individual, $20 for a household of two, $29 for a household of three and $36 for a household of four. 

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On Politics
11:34 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung Announces His Run For Governor

Fung making his announcement for governor at Taco in Cranston
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Allan Fung, the three-term mayor of Cranston, unveiled himself Monday as Rhode Island's Great Republican Hope, emphasizing his plan for improving the state's economy and education system while paying homage to his family's immigrant roots in kicking off his long-anticipated run for governor.

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