Rhode Island

Politics
5:01 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Rhode Island Remembers Susan Farmer

Susan Farmer was the first woman elected to a state-wide office in Rhode Island when elected as Sec. of State in 1982.
Credit RI PBS

Former Secretary of State and public television executive Susan Farmer has died after a long fight with cancer.

Farmer became the first woman elected to statewide office when she won an election for secretary of state in 1982. Former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst said Farmer was the leader in a wave of GOP women winning political office.

“Republicans led the way in this state. Five of the first six women who were elected to office were Republicans,” said Bakst. “She was a liberal Republican. In her day, that was the thing to be.”

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RI News
3:59 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

FAA Probing RI Pilot Whose Passengers Were Shooting out of Chopper

The Federal Aviation Administration has some questions for a helicopter pilot who allowed some of his passengers to fire guns from the chopper Sunday.  It happened in a rural area of Charlestown.

Late Sunday afternoon, Charlestown police received calls about men shooting handguns, shotguns and rifles from a helicopter.  They were firing at a junked car. Charlestown Police Chief Jeffrey Allen calls it reckless behavior that frightened people on the ground.

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Business
3:15 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

URI Prof: Signs Show an Improving RI Economy

A University of Rhode Island economics professor who tracks the state’s economy every month finds it was in good shape for the month of July.

Professor Leonard Lardaro says nine of 12 indicators he tracks are in positive territory.  The only lagging indicators are government employment, the size of the labor force and new claims for unemployment.

Overall, Lardaro said we’re heading into the second half of the year in a fairly strong position.

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The Pulse
3:09 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Recovery Center Opens in Women’s Facility of the ACI

The first recovery center in the state’s Adult Correctional Institute is now open. The Anchor Recovery Drydock is in the women’s facility and will provide female inmates with treatment inside the ACI and resources for when they get out. The Providence Center’s CEO Dale Klatzker said having a recovery support network is key to staying sober and out of prison.

“All the treatment in the world isn’t going to make a difference if you aren’t also able to sustain your sobriety,” said Klatzker. “If you’re in an environment where all the pressures are on you or to use and abuse drugs.”

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RI News
3:04 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

RI ACLU Takes Legal Action Against Ed. Board for a 3rd Time

ACLU Exec. Dir. Steve Brown, left, wants a public debate on the NECAP graduation requirement.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up the heat in its opposition to the NECAP test as a requirement for high school graduation. The ACLU has filed a third legal action against what it calls a lack of process in retaining the controversial test.

For the third time in less than two months, the ACLU of Rhode Island has taken legal action against the state Board of Education for violating open government laws in dealing with the NECAP test.

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Education
8:51 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Roger Williams University Touts Success of Tuition Freeze

Roger WIlliams has had a tuition freeze, and now will guarantee tuition stays the same for the duration of the their undergraduate years.
Credit RIPR FILE

Roger Williams University is reporting success with a new marketing tool. The tuition guarantee program takes the guesswork out of going to college.

Roger Williams University now offers all students a tuition guarantee. It’s an assurance that tuition will remain the same for all four years of an undergraduate’s education, provided the student stays enrolled continuously. University president Donald Farish said it’s not only increased the quality and size of their freshman class, but has boosted the freshman to sophomore retention rate from 78 to 84 percent.

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Environment
8:35 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Advocates Gearing Up For Another Try at Plastic Bag Ban

Backers of a plastic bag ban have been busy collecting petition signatures this summer.  Environment Rhode Island says it has amassed ten thousand signatures urging the General Assembly to take up the issue once again. 

Rhode Island would have become the first state in the country to ban plastic grocery bags under a bill that died in the last legislative session.   Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island says they are not deterred by their out-of-the-gate loss.

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RI News
8:27 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Time Capsule Prepared for Memories of the Station Nightclub Fire

Crosses left at the site of the Station Nightclub.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Sunday deadline has come and gone to remove objects from the site of the Station Nightclub fire where 100 people died in a fire ten years ago.  The land is being readied for transformation into a memorial park and all objects left after Sunday will be buried in a time capsule.

Patricia Belanger retrieved a cross, a poster and a toy from the makeshift memorial honoring her daughter, Dina DeMaio, who died in the Station nightclub fire. 

"What are you going to do with them?"

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The Bottom Line
4:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Bottom Line: The Politics and the Changing Business Environment

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 sit down with RI Public Expenditure Council Executive Director John Simmons.

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RI News
9:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Hearthside House in Lincoln Prepares for Battle

Battle scenes at Hearthside Mansion in Lincoln.
Credit hearthsidehouse.org

Friday is the first day of a three-day Civil War battle and camp reenactment weekend in Lincoln's historic Hearthside mansion.

Thousands of spectators are expected to attend the biennial reenactment, this year it will be called "The Road to Richmond;" a reference to the Union Army's attempts at taking the Confederate capital.

David Olstein, the museum manager for Hearthside House Museum, described a typical battle reenactment.

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