Latinos are the fastest growing population group in Rhode Island, but they lack the skills and education needed to get ahead. That’s the major finding of a new study published by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University.
Latinos constitute about 13 percent of Rhode Island’s population, a number that is expected to grow over the next decade. But they are ill-equipped for the 21st century workforce according to Ana Cano Morales, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and author of a new report on Latinos in the Ocean State.
The head of Rhode Island's online insurance marketplace says she's encouraged by the amount of interest consumers have shown in signing up for health insurance on the state’s newly launched health exchange.
It’s been up and running since October 1st to help uninsured Rhode Islanders and small businesses get the health coverage most are required to have by January 2014.
Healthsource RI leader Christy Ferguson briefed state senators on how it’s working last night. She says the exchange could help drive down health care costs if plenty of small businesses sign up.
A developmentally disabled pregnant woman who’s been missing for a week has been found safe and sound.
A man who had seen a missing poster of Luisa Pena noticed her walking down a street in Central Falls and contacted police. Pawtucket police Major Arthur Martins said it’s unclear where Pena has been for the past week but she appears to be in good condition.
The chairwoman of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said it looks like there are enough petition signatures to warrant recall elections against four of the town’s five town councilors. The recall stems from a controversy about who should handle background checks for concealed weapons permits.
The chair of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said they have enough signatures to justify a recall election against town council president Arlene Hicks and expect to have enough signatures to subject three of her colleagues to recalls as well.
There's still no sign of that pregnant Pawtucket woman who vanished a week ago. But police say there’s no evidence to support the theory that the woman has been abducted.
Twenty-one-year-old Luisa Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket. The day before she disappeared she had reported a sexual assault to police. Her family fears her assailants came back to silence her. But Pawtucket Police spokesman Arthur Martins said there’s no evidence to support a kidnapping theory.
It’s October, and that means students across Rhode Island are filling in bubbles on standardized tests. The annual use of testing in math and English has become a controversial tool for rating schools, and making decisions about high school diplomas, and it will soon be part of teacher evaluations too. One researcher who started out supporting standardized testing now says its part of the problem in public schools. Diane Ravitch has become one of the strongest voices in the national debate and she spoke at the University of Rhode Island last night.
Congressman Jim Langevin says he was among the legions of people who were duped by Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre. The congressman is donating money he made as a profit from Caramadre’s unscrupulous scheme.
Congressman Jim Langevin said he unwittingly made a profit on an investment scheme that preyed on terminally ill people. Langevin said he earned a profit of 86-hundred dollars from Joseph Caramadre’s Cranston estate planning business. Langevin said he donated profit to charity as soon as he became aware of Caramadre’s business practices.