Rhode Island

4:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Rhode Island Politicians Praise Chafee for his Public Service

As the media burst with news that Gov. Lincoln Chafee was not seeking re-election, the state’s top elected officials crafted statements praising the governor.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state treasurer Gina Raimondo, who are both expected to run for Chafee’s office, released statements thanking him for his years of public service. Taveras called him a man of integrity, while Raimondo called Chafee an unfailing optimist who always had the state’s best interest at heart.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Chafee Drops Out of RI's 2014 Race for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a surprise announcement, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday afternoon he won't seek re-election for a second term.

Chafee's approval rating has remained below 30 percent, yet he maintained his decision was motivated by a desire to focus on improving the Ocean State and its economy in his remaining time in office.

"There are many factors into this decision, but the main thing is that you can’t be doing two jobs well at the same time, especially with the situation that we have here in Rhode Island," he said.

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8:34 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Potential Providence Mayoral Candidates Ramping up Fundraising

Two of the Democrats running for mayor of Providence next year are stepping up their campaign fundraising.

Roger Williams University Law School professor Jorge Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand dollars by the end of the third fundraising quarter September 30th. Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand to 40-thousand a month until the September 2014 primary.

Providence’s current mayor, Angel Taveras, is expected to run for governor next year.

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RI News
1:52 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Dozens of Cranston Residents Left Stranded After Labor Day Flood

Residents of Dean Estates in Cranston wait to get back into their flooded apartments.
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The American Red Cross is scrambling to find housing for residents of two Cranston apartment buildings that were overwhelmed by flash floods Monday.   Some of the 60 affected residents lost everything.

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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Rhode Island Airports: Galleries for Local Artists

The gallery space at TF Green Airport.
Credit Courtesy RISCA

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking submissions from local artists for gallery space at TF Green and the Block Island airport.

An airport might not be the first venue that comes to mind when one thinks of an art gallery. But both the Block Island Airport and TF Green have set aside space to highlight the work of Rhode Island artists. Now the state’s arts council is looking for work to fill those spaces next year.

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Health Care
8:20 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Pawtucket's Memorial Hospital Merging With Care New England

In a ceremonial signing, Care New England and Memorial Hospital will formalize a new partnership Tuesday.

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RI News
8:47 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Providence Cathedral Reopens After Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul has undergone $1.2 million facelift.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Roman Catholics celebrated the first Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Sunday since an ambitious renovation project was started two months ago.

Catholics spend a fair amount of time on their knees so parishioners at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul appreciated the comfortable new cushioned kneelers installed recently.  They also admired new flooring and soon darkened shadows will be illuminated by new lighting fixtures.  The $1.2 million dollar restoration of the cathedral is 75 percent complete, reports rector Monsignor Anthony Mancini.

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The Bottom Line
3:57 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Bottom Line: Training Workers for RI Tech Jobs

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.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Tim Hebert, President and CEO of IT services company Atrion, with headquarters  in Warwick. The discussion includes training the local workforce for careers in technology and the need to bring in better trained people from foreign nations to do the tech work.

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RI News
11:36 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Travelers Should Prepare For Heavy Traffic This Holiday Weekend

Triple A expects there to be an increase in the number of people traveling this Labor Day weekend.
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Travelers should prepare for heavy traffic during the final holiday of the summer.  It’s expected to be the highest number of Labor Day travelers since the recession began.

AAA is projecting some 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over Labor Day weekend. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent compared with last year.

About 85% percent of travelers will be taking the family car.

AAA believes gas prices won’t be a major impediment; they’ve been trending down this month compared to August of last year.

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The Education Blog
9:32 am
Fri August 30, 2013

More on the Story of Openly Transgender Student Hannah Rini

Hannah Rini has been living openly transgender for a year now, she began Junior High this year.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Transgender issues have been the the news quite a bit lately, following the announcement from Bradley Manning, the army private who leaked documents to WikiLeaks, that she is transgender and will now be living as Chelsea Manning.

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison speaks with All Things Considered Host Dave Fallon about a Pawtucket student she profiled, who has been openly transgender for a year now.  

Hanna Rini, who is 12, started junior high school this week. 

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