Rhode Island

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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RI News
10:59 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy

Tons of sand filled Atlantic Ave. in Westerly after Superstorm Sandy raked along the coast.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Scores of workers who helped clean up after Superstorm Sandy were officially thanked Friday.

The Department of Labor and Training said it had $1.5 million in federal aid and hired about 98 workers to help clean up after the storm. They cleared debris from Fort Adams State Park, the East Bay bike path and worked around Misquamicut Beach to get it ready for the Memorial Day opening of the summer season.

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RI News
9:17 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Woonsocket Non-Profit To Offer Pay-Day Loan Alternative

In Woonsocket Monday, a dedication ceremony will be held for a non-profit that helps people avoid the pitfalls of payday lenders. It's known as the “Capital Good Fund.”

Capital Good Fund is a brick and mortar store that offers people an alternative to high priced payday lenders.  Funded by a 57-thousand dollar grant from the United Way, it expects to help 600 people a year, according to founder and director Andy Posner.

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Education
9:07 am
Mon November 4, 2013

University Of Rhode Island's New Winter Semester A Success

University of Rhode Island's Kingston campus.
Credit URI

The University of Rhode Island will be offering a mini semester during the January break to help students get caught up on course work.  The semester will run from January 2nd to January 17th. One-hundred and twenty five students signed up during the first two days of enrollment.

Mini semester director John Olerio said students in especially demanding majors find it hard to finish their course work in four years.

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RI News
8:58 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Pawtucket To Honor Local Fallen Soldier

The city of Pawtucket is getting ready to honor a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, Sergeant Dennis Poulin.

Massachusetts Army National Guard specialist Dennis Poulin grew up in Pawtucket.  He died two years ago in Germany, where he was evacuated after his vehicle overturned. He was 26.

Next Monday, Veterans Day, a memorial honoring his life will be held at the entrance to Slater Park in Pawtucket. 

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien will join Poulin’s mother, Doris, relatives and others to dedicate a stone monument.

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RI News
8:46 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Uncovering The Secrets Of A Historic Providence Cemetery

North Burial Ground in Providence.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

At Rhode Island College an ambitious project is underway. A group of faculty and students is building online tours of the capital city’s historic North Burial Ground.

Rhode Island College political science professor Francis Leazes admits he’s hooked on cemeteries. And in his view there is no finer from an historical perspective than Providence’s North Burial Ground on North Main Street.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:24 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: What We Can Learn As Part Of Red Sox Nation

Fenway Park in Boston, the capital of Red Sox Nation.
Credit ESPN

The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.

Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’

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The Bottom Line
2:31 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

The Bottom Line: I-195 Redevelopment Involves Going Down Before Going Up

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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RI News
1:05 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Home-based RI Child Care Workers Overwhelmingly Approve To Unionize

Robyn Golden, administrator for the Rhode Island Labor Relations Board counts ballots on union vote.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

State-subsidized, home-based child care providers have voted overwhelmingly to join a union.

The crowd cheered at the state Labor Relations Board when the results of the child care vote were announced. 390 voted to join the Service Employees International Union. 19 voted against it.

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