Rhode Island

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  Education officials are backing away from a plan to require test scores for a high school diploma. 

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  The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is working to be more transparent, and shrug off a public perception that it’s mired in inefficiency. The agency released its quarterly report Monday.

Director Peter Alviti pointed to efforts including new signage at DOT projects, which signal if they’re running on time and on budget. If all’s well, the sign will be green. If not, it will be yellow or red, depending on the state of the project.

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Performing elephants, a staple of the circus for decades, will no longer be part of the big-top event. The elephants' final performances were Sunday in Providence. The circus announced it would phase out elephant performances as the public voiced more and more opposition to the practice.

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Street closures are planned in Providence Sunday to make way for the 9th annual Providence marathon. The race starts at 7 a.m. and lasts until roughly 2 p.m.

Despite an early mix-up over race registration, some 3,000 runners are signed up to take part, several hundred more than organizers were expecting. 

Earlier this year, hundreds of runners signed up for the Providence marathon under a company that no longer organizes the race. After legal action, the current organizer was able to honor all registrations.

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Clarke Greene, the current interim Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, will now serve as the interim college president. Greene’s interim position was approved by the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre is closing its season with one of William Shakespeare's most difficult to do plays.

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The Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump will be in Warwick Monday. He held a rally at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick this afternoon.

Trump is the latest candidate to stop in Rhode Island, as Tuesday's presidential primary approaches. Over the weekend, fellow Republican John Kasich stumped at Bryant University. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also held rallies in Central Falls and Providence respectively.

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Coffee mugs, tote bags, and t-shirts: it’s the Presidential campaign swag ubiquitous during election years. This round, you can buy “Feel the Bern” Mugs, ‘Kasich” stickers, and of course, “Make America Great Again” ball caps.

These trinkets are prized mementos for politicos, and they’re big business for the companies who make them. One of those companies is based here in the Ocean State.

The presidential primary is just days away, and three of the candidates plan to visit Rhode Island this weekend. Republican John Kasich will speak in Smithfield this Saturday morning. Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Central Falls later in the day. And her rival Bernie Sanders will address a crowd in Providence on Sunday.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Rachel Flum, the executive director of the Economic Progress Institute. The Providence-based economic think tank hosts its conference “Rhode to Economic Progress: An Agenda for Workers” next week.

 

Flum previews the conference and discusses economic and labor issues affecting working people, including developing policies on minimum wage, teaching job skills and affordable health care.

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Bernie Sanders is the latest presidential candidate to announce a campaign stop in the Ocean State. The Vermont Senator and Democratic hopeful will hold a rally at Roger Williams Park on Sunday.

Sanders has two campaign offices in Rhode Island; one in Providence and another in South County. An early poll by the Taubman Center at Brown University show Sanders leading among Rhode Island voters, but a subsequent poll found former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether the state is ready for the presidential primary on Tuesday

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With the state pension fund, Rhode Island will use its shareholder vote to promote diversity on corporate boards.

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner says the state will vote against boards with fewer than 30% women or racial minorities, for companies in which the state pension fund invests.

Magaziner said the new policy will promote diversity in corporate businesses, which will lead to better performance.

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, when roughly 1,000 Irish nationalists marched through the streets of Dublin, beginning a week long rebellion against British colonialism. That Revolutionary act will be commemorated Sunday as the Rhode Island 1916 Centenary Committee holds a ceremony and places a plaque near the Irish Famine Memorial along the Providence riverfront. RIPR’s Scott MacKay sat down with Donald Deignan, a founder of the committee.  

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The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in less than a week, and as part of our Rhody Votes ’16 coverage, we’re talking to voters across the state about the candidates and the issues that matter to them.

Our producer Joan Moses met Barbara Scott at the Coffee Depot in Warren. She’s a registered Independent weighing a vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

You can listen to the rest of our RhodyVotes ‘16 voter postcards here.

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