World renowned composer and performer Philip Glass is in Rhode Island. He performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence Wednesday as part of a program put on by local arts non-profit First Works. He continues his visit Thursday, to work with students at the Jacqueline Walsh School for the performing arts in Pawtucket. For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender examines the draw of Philip Glass’ music, and why it endures.
Rhode Islanders will soon get a break from arctic temperatures, but the trade is more snow this week. After several days without a glimpse of the white stuff, the National Weather Service is predicting snowfall will return Tuesday night.
Meteorologist Alan Dunham said Rhode Island won’t see the foot or more it’s seen in previous storms this winter. “Maybe two to four inches. Mainly Providence down towards Newport and points east, but even northwest part of Rhode Island up in the northwest hills could see an inch or two,” said Dunham.
A union that represents the majority of workers recently laid off at Women and Infants Hospital is challenging the job cuts in federal court.
They get to stay on the job until at least Thursday. That’s when a federal judge will hear the union’s challenge. Women and Infants announced the lay-offs this week for more than 40 employees, including certified nurses assistants, imaging technicians, food and laundry service workers.
Congress is hammering out new requirements for public schools and federal school funding. The current bill, commonly known as the "No Child Left Behind Act," has been controversial because of the way it uses standardized test scores to measure public schools. Changes to the bill have been proposed in both houses of Congress.
Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison from Washington, D.C. to explain what these proposals could mean for Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to build a base of skilled workers in order to attract high wage, manufacturing jobs to the state. Raimondo spent the weekend in Washington D.C., at the National Governor’s Association winter meeting. The governor said, as a member of the Association’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee, she got first-hand confirmation of the areas Rhode Island must focus on to attract manufacturing companies to the state.
Richard Baccari, Sr. the head of development company Churchill and Banks, is stepping down after forty years with the company. Churchill and Banks rose to prominence developing supermarkets across the state, as well as the Lincoln Mall, and T.F. Green Airport parking lot
12 years ago today, 100 people died, and hundreds more were injured in a fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick. The fire made national headlines as one of the worst nightclub fires in U.S. history. Survivors are still working to build a public memorial, and living with the scars from that night.
After an international search, the Rhode Island School of Design has settled on one of its own to take over as president. RISD has tapped Rosanne Somerson, a RISD graduate who’s been serving as interim president since December 2013.
Former president John Maeda stepped down suddenly, after a rocky relationship with RISD faculty. Maeda surprised many at RISD when he announced he had taken a job at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.