Rhode Island

Student Loans
3:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Student Loan Program Provides Relief in Exchange for Internships

Rhode Island College Campus
Credit courtesy RIC.edu

Internships are generally unpaid. But they will pay off handsomely under a new program announced Tuesday by the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority.  Starting May 1st the Authority, known as RISLA, will forgive $2,000 of a student’s loan if he or she completes an internship worth three credit hours. It will be forgiven upon graduation. 

RISLA director Charles Kelley says the idea is to stem the brain drain, the practice of promising young college students leaving the state for lack of work.

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RI News
3:18 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Flood Awareness Week in Rhode Island

Credit Catherine Welch; RIPR

This week is Flood Awareness Week.  The week is a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and encourages New England residents to be vigilant as we enter into our rainier seasons. 

This month marks the third anniversary of the major flooding that hit the Rhode Island, which resulted in damage statewide.

You can learn more about flood safety by visiting http://www.ready.gov/floods

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Morning News Podcast
10:39 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Most adults failed a mock NECAP test.  Glass could be used as cover material at the state landfill under a proposed bill.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
3:08 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Congressman Langevin Witnesses Investiture of Pope Francis

Congressman Jim Langevin witnessed the induction of Pope Francis
Credit Congressman Jim Langevin's Office

Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin was among the 200,000 people who thronged Vatican City Tuesday for the installation mass of Pope Francis. The Catholic congressman called it one of the most meaningful and spiritual experiences of his life.

Langevin was part of a congressional delegation that represented the United States at the investiture of Pope Francis.  The Rhode Island democrat says he was thrilled and honored to be there.

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Morning News Podcast
9:39 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A winter mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain makes the morning commute slippery.  URI says it has a record number of admission applications.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
8:34 am
Tue March 19, 2013

EthicsHeldHostage.com Protests Recent General Assembly Vote

RI House of Representatives
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A good government group has created a web site to protest what it calls the unprecedented wiping out of a legislative vote.

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RI Economy
8:26 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Rhode Island Still Has Highest Unemployment Rate

Credit RIPR file

Rhode Island still has the highest unemployment rate in the country, but now it shares that title with California. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Rhode Island and California tied for January unemployment with a rate of 9.8 percent.   Nevada was close with 9.7 percent.

The rates are based on telephone surveys and may not be 100 percent accurate. Unemployment statistics are frequently revised when employer-driven data is collected.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Weather
7:11 am
Tue March 19, 2013

A Winter Weather Mix in RI for Tuesday

A mix of rain and snow falls on much of Rhode Island Tuesday.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that is currently coming down around Rhode Island is making the roads slippery.  National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham says this mix will continue throughout the first part of the morning.

Get the latest information about delays and cancelations here.

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Higher Education
3:26 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

URI: A Record-breaking Number of Applicants for Fall 2013

The University of Rhode Island says it’s seeing a record number of applications for the Fall 2013 semester.  University officials believe their marketing efforts are paying off.

Close to 21,000 students have applied for admission to URI for next fall.  Roughly 75 percent will be admitted so that the university has its desired freshman class of 3,100 even after students who have been admitted decide to go elsewhere.

URI Admissions Dean Cynthia Bonn believes the interest in attending URI is a direct result of their outreach efforts.

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Pension Overhaul
1:50 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Raimondo Tells Bond Buyer Crowd: No Short Cuts to Pension Fix

Firefighters protest Treasurer Gina Raimondo's keynote speech at a conference in downtown Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

About a hundred firefighters protested Monday morning outside a conference focused on distressed municipalities, where state treasurer Gina Raimondo was the keynote speaker. Inside, Raimondo applauded the cooperation it took from organized labor to make the state pension overhaul possible.

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