Rhode Island

Arts & Culture
10:12 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Rhode Island Artscape: Composer Philip Glass Visits The Ocean State

Philip Glass plays with violinist Tim Fain during rehearsal at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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.

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Providence
2:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Initial Details Of New Providence International Arts Festival Revealed

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence will play host to concerts, art installations and other public events during the Providence International Arts Festival this June.
Credit RIPR FILE

New details are emerging about a major arts festival scheduled in Providence this summer. The event is part of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s plan to develop the city into an artistic tourist destination. 

  

                

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RI News
8:59 am
Wed February 25, 2015

New PawSox Stadium Might Not Be The Boon RI Is Hoping For, Says Economist

McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket likely won't remain the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Credit RIPR FILE

An economist who has studied the impact of sports stadiums says Rhode Island should be wary of committing taxpayer dollars to pay for construction on a new facility for the PawSox. 

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RI News
4:13 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Rhode Island Gets A Break From Arctic Blast, But More Snow On The Way

Downtown Providence following the one of 2015's several winter storms.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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.

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Health Care
3:54 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

SEIU Taking Women And Infants Hospital To Court Over Layoffs

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.

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Education
8:57 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Rhode Island Schools Improving, Says U.S. Education Secretary Duncan

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he has serious concerns about proposed changes to the federal law that governs public schools and their funding.
Credit Courtesty U.S. Department of Education

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.

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RI News
9:20 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Raimondo: RI Needs To Attract High-Skill Manufacturers

Raimondo says Rhode Island has "a lot of work to do" before attracting high tech manufacturing jobs.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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RI News
9:21 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Richard Baccari Steps Down As Head Of Churchill And Banks Development Company

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

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RI News
8:40 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Remembering The Station Nightclub Fire, More Than A Decade Later

Dave Kane stands in his living room. A picture of his son, Nick O'Neill sits on the mantle on the left.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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.

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Higher Education
8:59 am
Thu February 19, 2015

New President Says RISD Can Play A Key Role In Economic Development

New RISD President Rosanne Somerson
Credit Courtesy RISD

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.

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