Rhode Island

Governor's Race
9:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Chafee Yet To Give Endorsement To Any Democratic Gubenatorial Candidate

Democratic governor Lincoln Chafee will not seek another term in office, and has yet to endorse any possible candidate.
Credit RIPR FILE

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he still hasn’t decided which candidate to support in this year’s gubernatorial race but he’s decided one thing.  Chafee, a Republican-turned independent-turned Democrat, said there’s no way he would endorse a Republican.

"I’m a democrat and I’m a very proud member of the democratic party now. It’s been an evolution, as you know. And I’m proud to become a democrat and stand up for the values of building the middle class and closing the disparity of wealth that exists in this country and that’s what I care about," said Chafee.

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Pension Overhaul
9:10 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Pension Debate Expected To Return To The General Assembly

State pension overhaul is expected to return to this year's legislative session.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

One of the key issues facing the General Assembly in the new year is the fate of a significant overhaul of the state pension system in 2011.  The new legislative session starts Tuesday.

State officials and public employee unions have held closed-door talks for more than a year in an attempt to settle a lawsuit over the pension overhaul. House Speaker Gordon Fox said he opposes any dramatic changes, because the overhaul alleviated pressure on the state budget.

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Unemployment
8:50 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension

RI Senator Jack Reed is leading the push for extending long-term unemployment benefits.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who has taken a leadership role in the democratic drive to renew long-term unemployment insurance benefits, has made a national call for Republicans to join the effort.

Reed was one of four Senate democrats who held a nationwide media conference call Sunday in an effort to break a congressional logjam over long-term unemployment insurance. The insurance expired last week when lawmakers failed to extend a recession-era law providing nearly a year of benefits after state jobless benefits run out.

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The Bottom Line
2:10 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The Bottom Line: The Art of Management at AS220

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 talk with AS220 artistic director Bert Crenca. They discuss the relationship between a strong arts community and the local economy. And the particular management and funding challenges AS220 faces as it grows from a one-room operation into a major cultural presence in Rhode Island.

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New Year: 2014
10:31 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Rhode Islanders Get Ready To Ring In The New Year

Providence Skyline
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

This New Year’s Eve, Rhode Islanders will celebrate in high style and low key. 

For the theatrically minded, there’s a masquerade ball at the Rhode Island Convention Center, and a Wizard of Oz-themed bash at The Dorrance in Providence.

There’s a band at Chan’s in Woonsocket, and Improv Comedy at the Firehouse Theater in Newport.

And even a New Year’s Eve group meditation session at the Zettmar Studio in Providence.

But some, like North Providence resident Nathan Hatch, will be staying home.

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The Education Blog
9:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Central Falls High School, Three Years After A Mass Firing

Central Falls High School
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

For several years we’ve been following the struggling Central Falls School district.

The high school grabbed national headlines when it fired all of its teachers back in 2010.

The fired teachers were later rehired by the district, but the firings left Central Falls High School in an uproar.

Three years later, Rhode Island Public Radio's Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison found signs of progress at the school, but scars from the mass firings remain.

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RI News
1:46 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

RI State Police: DUI Arrests Up In 2013

Rhode Island State Police said there have been more than 500 DUI arrests in 2013. That's up from 2012, and doesn't count the busy New Year holiday.
Credit file / RIPR

The Rhode Island State Police have beefed up patrols, cracking down on drunken drivers. State police are also pulling over drivers for texting and driving and not wearing a seat belt.

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RI News
9:03 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Rhode Island Labor Department Boosting Fraud Crackdown Programs

The Department of Labor and Training says it saw an increase this year (2013) in the number of prosecutions for fraudulent claims and will continue programs next year that crack down on fraud.

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RI News
4:07 am
Mon December 30, 2013

These Pups Are the Night Watchmen on New England Farms

The guard dogs as tiny puppies at Pat's Pastured.
Pat's Pastured

One East Greenwich farmer is filling a need for guard dogs in New England. Pat McNiff at Pat’s Pastured is breeding and selling puppies who will guard livestock, and in some cases flowers, for farmers across the region.

McNiff said the dogs are breed for the job and mom does all the training. He said his guard dogs have been a big help with the chickens. “So we used to lose 50 chickens in a week,” said McNiff, "but now we lose none. It’s pretty amazing.”

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The Bottom Line
3:02 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Bottom Line: How the EB-5 Program Lures Jobs To Rhode Island

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 talk with Henry Diamond, president and co-founder of Pathway Capital Partners LLC of Providence. They look at a process that is new in Rhode Island to attract foreign investment to state-based projects. It’s called the EB-5 Immigrant Investors Program.

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