Rhode Island

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he supports an expansion by charter school group Achievement First. But a smaller expansion than the group is seeking. Achievement First wants to add more than 2,000 new seats by 2026.

RISD Students Helping NASA Astronauts In Training

Dec 7, 2016
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Students at Rhode Island School of Design are part of a new effort in astronaut training. The students helped design an imitation spacesuit to be used for training, solving a problem posed by actual spacesuits, which are too heavy and expensive.

Michael Lye is coordinating the NASA Project at RISD. He said no training suit has been able to fulfill astronaut needs and remain cost effective, until now.        

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The embezzlement trial of Dan Doyle now moves into the sentencing phase, following a guilty verdict on all counts Monday. One of Doyle's attorneys says an appeal is likely, because of Doyle’s vocal and unwavering insistence on his innocence, and his belief that he would be vindicated in court.

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Charter school expansion will be up for discussion Tuesday at the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. One proposal from charter management group Achievement First has generated objections in Providence. But the state’s education commissioner is backing the plan.

Rhode Islanders saw the first accumulated snowfall of the season Monday morning. Less than an inch of snow fell across most parts of the state, and much of it melted within a few hours. Across the state most areas saw less than an inch of snow, with a full inch in parts of Washington County, and Cranston.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson says Rhode Island could see more snow Wednesday into Thursday.

A new study from the Chronicle of Higher Education finds the highest paid private college president in Rhode Island is Richard Gouse, head of the New England Institute of Technology.

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The new wind farm would be located off the coast, about 17 nautical miles northeast of Ocean City, Maryland. If approved, construction for the project -- dubbed the Skipjack Wind Farm -- would begin as early as 2020, and produce 120 megawatts of power. That's four times more than the Block Island Wind Farm is expected to produce.  

Deepwater Wind is in the early stages of developing a 90 megawatt offshore wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk New York, scheduled to start operating in 2022.  

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There’s still no verdict in the trial of Dan Doyle, who faces 18 counts of embezzlement and forgery, stemming from his time as the head of the Institute for International sport. The nonprofit organization, which hosted the World Scholar-Athlete Games, was the beneficiary of state grants.

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About a dozen miles off the coast of Cape Cod sits a rustic island named Penikese — part of the Elizabeth island chain. A hundred years ago, Penikese was home to a leper colony, then a school for troubled boys and a bird sanctuary. This past fall, Penikese opened to its newest incarnation — a treatment program for opioid addicts.

Kenvor Cothey

A video from Cape Cod provides a rare glimpse of what causes some great white sharks to wash ashore on area beaches. Cape resident Kenvor Cothey captured the video over the weekend, showing a shark hunting a seal  close to shore and nearly endangering itself in the process.  

Council On American-Islamic Relations - Massachusetts

A mosque in Providence has received an anti-Islamic letter similar to letters received by other mosques around the country. The letter directly references the election of Donald Trump.

A series of apparently identical letters have been reported by mosques in Florida, California and at least two other states. This letter was sent to Masjid Al-Kareem, on Providence’s South Side.

Hundreds of teachers and school leaders are expected in Providence Thursday for the Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum. The group was founded by former Brown University Education Chair Ted Sizer, who advocated for giving schools freedom to design their own programs.

Maggie Hall / Wilbury Theatre Group

Providence's Wilbury Theatre Group has never avoided doing the controversial.  Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale says their current play, “Straight White Men” definitely fits into that catalog.

The Conservation Law Foundation is asking the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its decision not to reject a consumer tax that would help pay for natural gas pipeline expansions in the region. The PUC denied CLF’s request in September.

The project was billed as a regional solution to rising electricity costs. But since then New Hampshire and Connecticut have followed Massachusetts in dropping the project. CLF Attorney Max Greene said the state of Maine has signaled it will consider the project but only if other New England states participate. 

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Dorcas International Institute is one of the state’s largest immigration and refugee organizations. Since the election, many Rhode Islanders have reached out to the institute, a nonprofit that provides education, resettlement assistance and other services for immigrants and refugees.

Executive Director Kathy Cloutier said some people are making donations; others want to know how they can help to make sure immigrants still feel welcome in the state.

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