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RI News
9:22 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Flood-Prone Homes In Cranston Demolished, Returning to Wetlands

Six flood-prone houses were demolished on Perkins Ave in Cranston to be restored to Wetlands.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The demolition of six flood-prone Cranston homes has begun.  The homes on Perkins Avenue were badly flooded three years ago and the federal government has bought the homeowners out.  It was a bittersweet moment for some Perkins Avenue residents.

With Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at the wheel, an excavator made quick work demolishing a two-story bungalow on Perkins Avenue in Cranston. It’s one of six flood-prone homes that are being torn down.  Watching from the sidelines was Brian Dupont, whose home next door is also coming down.

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Politics
9:05 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Reed and Whitehouse Hear About The Effects of the Sequester In Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s two US senators say the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are having a negative effect across the Ocean State.  Reports, the impact of those cuts was the focus of a forum in Providence Wednesday.

Rhode Island Housing, which recently lost 30 employees partly due to federal spending cuts, was the site of the forum hosted by Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Artscape: Trinity Rep, a Rhode Island Theater at 50

Curt Columbus has been the artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company since 2006.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This year, the Providence based Theater Company, Trinity Rep will celebrate its 50th year in Rhode Island, a remarkable feat for any non-profit arts organization.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender found out more about their upcoming season, and how the theater company made it to fifty.

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Education
8:38 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Starting Junior High as a Transgender Student

Hannah Rini and her mother Michelle of Pawtucket prepare for the first day of middle school. Hannah began living as a girl last year.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s back to school season in Rhode Island. There’s an ever so subtle hint of fall in the air and schools around the state are opening their doors again for students after the long summer break.

With the first day of school comes that familiar mix of nerves and excitement. Will my friends be the same?  What new people will I meet? Will I like my teachers? And perhaps no start of school is quite as nerve-wracking as the first day of junior high.

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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.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.
Credit Tim Boyle / Getty Images

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.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

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.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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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