Rhode Island

Politics
9:38 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Division of Taxation Hands Out Historic Tax Credits

Using a lottery system, the Division of Taxation handed out 31 Historic Tax credits.
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The Rhode Island Division of Taxation held a drawing Tuesday to award just $35 million in state historic tax credits.  The General Assembly voted earlier this year to reopen the historic tax credit program.

The Division of Taxation used a drawing to pick who would get the tax credits since demand outstripped supply. State Tax Administrator David Sullivan says the recipients comprise a variety of projects expected to boost the economy.

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RI News
9:29 am
Wed August 28, 2013

No More Styrofoam Cups At Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts is phasing out it's iconic Styrofoam cup as communities begin to ban them.
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Dunkin Donuts is replacing its Styrofoam cups in some New England communities with paper cups. But don’t expect those paper cups in the Ocean State any time soon.

Get a drink at Dunkin Donuts, hot or cold, and there’s a chance that a Styrofoam cup is involved. For the uninitiated, a cold drink served in a plastic cup is often placed inside a Styrofoam cup to prevent sweating. So what’s a ubiquitous chain like Dunkin going to do if a community bans Styrofoam?

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RI News
9:13 am
Wed August 28, 2013

RI Housing Forced To Layoff 30 Employees

The state agency charged with helping people buy affordable homes is facing a financial crisis of its own.  Rhode Island Housing is laying off 30 people; 15 percent of its workforce.

Rhode Island Housing director Richard Godfrey says the reasons are twofold. There’s been a cutback in federal support and many of the 12,000 mortgages they have outstanding are delinquent.

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RI News
8:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Reed: the U.S. Military Needs to Intervene In Syria

Sen. Reed says military action would tell Syria use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated by global community.
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Senator Jack Reed says the United States needs to send Syria a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Reed’s comments came one day after Secretary of State John Kerry said there was – quote – “undeniable” proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own citizens last week, killing hundreds of civilians. 

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RI News
8:09 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Rhode Islander Remembers Historic 1963 March On Washington

RI resident Cliff Monteiro was one of more than a quarter of a million people at the 1963 March on Washington.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Best known for Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, it was also a pivotal moment in the history of the civil rights movement.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic talks with a Rhode Islander who was one of the quarter-of-a-million people there.

Monteiro went on to work as a body guard for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Selma to Montgomery march. He describes the slain civil rights leader as a quiet man who enjoyed a good joke.

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Education
9:17 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Closing the Achievement Gap Between Hispanic Students and Their Peers

Ana Cano-Morales, the director of the Latino Policy Institute, says the state education system needs to capitalize on the assets of Hispanic students; quickly becoming the majority population in urban districts.
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Students across Rhode Island are returning to school this week, but a new report suggests that some of them are not well served. The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University finds Latino students in the state’s urban schools are as much as three grades behind their white peers. The institute is releasing its findings today, and Director Ana Cano-Morales is here to talk more about them.

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Education
9:07 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Reed Brings $1.5M to Woonsocket's Head Start Program

Senator Reed has secured $1.5 million for Woonsocket's Head Start program, the city will still have 30 fewer slots.
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Senator Jack Reed is in Woonsocket Tuesday, bringing a gift from the federal government.

Senator Jack Reed has secured $1.5 million for the Woonsocket Head Start program.  The money won’t be enough to make up for sequestration cuts, according to Reed’s office.

Woonsocket will still lose 30 Head Start slots this fall. Statewide, some 370 slots will be lost.

Nationwide, sequestration has forced Head Start to eliminate and reduce services for more than 57-thousand children for the coming school year, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

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Education
8:45 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Union Applauds Freeze on Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Gist will consult with federal officials about whether the postponement will require a waiver to avoid jeopardizing the 75 million dollar Race to the Top grant.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island teachers are breathing a sigh of relief now that state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has postponed the inclusion of test scores on teacher evaluations for a year.  

Student results on the New England Common Assessment Program were supposed to be folded in to teacher evaluations starting this school year. Gist said the policy is widely misunderstood. A year, she said, should give them ample time to clarify the policy.

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Politics
8:38 am
Tue August 27, 2013

State Continues to Face Growing Budget Deficits

The state Budget office says the deficit will continue to grow to $400 million by 2018.
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Rhode Island continues to face worsening budget deficits for the next five years. That’s according to new information from the state budget office.  The red ink could cause cutbacks in government programs.

The budget office says lawmakers face a $150 million deficit for the fiscal year starting in July 2014. As it stands, the budget hole is set to keep growing,until it tops $400 million for fiscal 2018.

The budget enacted by the General Assembly in June made some relatively minor reductions in the state’s long-term deficits.

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RI News
1:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Pit Bull Bites Warwick Cop, Gets Shot

The fate of the bit bull that bit a Warwick police officer over the weekend will be decided at a vicious dog hearing. Warwick police say an officer was responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday morning when he was bitten by a pit bull.

The officer was arresting a 19-year-old man outside a home when a woman opened the door and a pit bull ran out and bit the officer twice. The officer fired two rounds, injuring the dog. Police say the officer was treated for two bites on his leg and is recovering. The pit bull remains at an animal hospital.

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