Rhode Island

Education
3:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

ACLU Sues RI Board of Education to Take Up Testing Requirement

Providence senior Priscilla Rivera discussed the stress of not knowing whether she will be able to graduate.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The American Civil Liberties Union claims Rhode Island’s Board of Education broke the law when it failed to consider a petition over high-stakes testing as a requirement for a high school diploma. The lawsuit has a narrow focus and is unlikely to settle controversy over the graduation policy.

Read more
RI News
1:53 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Worker Dies After Mt Hope Bridge Fall, OSHA Investigating

OSHA investigating a worker fall on the Mt. Hope Bridge Tuesday morning.

A worker who fell from the Mt Hope Bridge Tuesday has died, according to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.

OSHA/Rhode Island director Patrick Griffin said a worker fell 30 feet while scaffolding was being removed after a painting job.  The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it was 70 feet. He landed on the deck of the bridge.

The accident happened at around 8:30am Tuesday and was reported to OSHA at 9:00 am.

Read more
RI News
1:46 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Rhode Island AG asked to weigh in on Whether Dog Ban Applies to Pawtucket

The City of Pawtucket said the new state law does not apply to the city's ban of pit bulls because its ban came first.

The City of Pawtucket said a new state law blocking cities and towns from banning certain breeds of animals does not apply to them.   At issue is Pawtucket’s longstanding ban against the ownership of pit bulls. 

Pawtucket officials said they will continue to enforce a ban on pit bulls despite a new state law that forbids cities and towns from outlawing the ownership of specific breeds of dogs or cats. Pawtucket director of administration Tony Pires said the law applies only to future bans, not ones already on the books like theirs.

Read more
RI News
5:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Body Found of RI Teen off Conimicut Point

The Coast Guard said the body of a 16-year-old boy has been found just off Conimicut Point in Warwick. The boy has been identified as Javon Jimenez of Providence. He went missing Sunday evening after being swept off a sandbar, another boy was swept away but he was able to swim away and be rescued.

Read more
RI News
4:25 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

RI DEM: No EEE or West Nile Found, but Protect Yourself Just in Case

Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management is encouraging residents to protect themselves during mosquito season.

The Department of Environmental Management says that the test results from all 180 mosquito pools from 33 traps set statewide during the week of July 8th are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

So far this year, no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus or EEE in Rhode Island.

Read more
RI Economy
3:05 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Extended Benefits for RI Unemployed to be cut in August

What's called Tier 4 unemployment benefits will be cut in Rhode Island starting August 10th.
Credit file

Starting next month, extended unemployment benefits will drop from 73 weeks to 63 weeks. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training said the cut comes thanks to lower unemployment numbers.

States with an average unemployment rate of 9 percent or higher can offer what’s called Tier 4 of federal unemployment benefits that lasts for ten weeks. But because Rhode Island’s June unemployment rate of 8.9 percent brought the state’s average down below the threshold, it can no longer offer those ten weeks of extra benefits.

Read more
Scott MacKay Commentary
8:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bryant University; A War Between Town and Gown

Byrant University has come to a head with the town of Smithfield, which feels the school should pay more for things like emergency services.
Credit Courtesy Bryant University

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

Read more
The Bottom Line
5:01 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The Bottom Line: HealthSource RI & Small Business

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 Claflin Company President & CEO Ted Almon, a veteran advisor on state health care policies, including the development of the state health insurance network. They discuss how Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange looks as we get closer to the deadlines laid out in the Affordable Care Act.

Read more
Political Roundtable
8:44 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Gordon Fox

Seldom does a politician have a chance to not only change history but the trajectory of his own life. That was the case this year with Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox, who spearheaded the same sex marriage bill that passed the General Assembly after years of defeat. Fox, an openly gay politician, discussed how the law will affect his own life in an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic and Scott MacKay.

Read more
Political Roundtable
8:37 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Political Roundtable: Fox on Sakonnet River Tolls, 38 Studios, and Same-Sex Marriage

Speaker of the House Gordon Fox
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Same sex marriage. Tolling the Sakonnet River Bridge. The 38 Studios taxpayer bailout. Those are some of the topics we touch on this morning. Our regular host, Ian Donnis, is out, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic is filling it.

Read more

Pages