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9:28 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Providence Mayor-Elect Elorza To Host Series Of Community Forums

Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza has already begun laying out his transition team, and will begin a series of community forums in the city.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The mayor-elect of Providence, Jorge Elorza, has scheduled a series of forums to hear from city residents.

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RI News
1:37 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

RI Gas Prices Drop Below $3, First Time In Four Years

Average gallon of regular unleaded in Rhode Island is at $2.98. That's higher than the national average of $2.89.
Credit File / RIPR

The latest survey out of AAA Southern New England finds a gallon of regular unleaded is going to cost less than $3.00. It’s been four years since prices were this low.

Sure at $2.98 it’s just under $3, but that’s still 22 cents cheaper than it was a month ago. Federal officials say weak fuel demand and lower crude oil prices are keeping costs down at the pump. And drivers can expect the average price for a gallon of unleaded to stay below $3.00 next year.

Massachusetts drivers are paying a nickel less than Rhode Islanders, with an average gallon at $2.93.

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Weather
9:29 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Wind Advisory Issued For State, Gusts Expected Up To 50 MPH

Rhode Islanders may be in for a hairy afternoon commute today.  The National Weather service has issued a wind advisory starting at 3 this afternoon.  Wind speeds may hit 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Simpson said the southern part of the state will feel the brunt of the weather.

“The coasts will be more likely to have the highest winds.  Newport, you could see wind gusts over fifty miles per hour, little bit less in the Northern part of the state.”

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Environment
9:26 am
Mon November 17, 2014

RI's Coastal Resources Management Council Hits Major Milestone

After 2 years, the RI Coastal Resources Management Center has developed a shellfish management plan.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council have released the state’s first comprehensive shellfish management plan. The plan recommends better ways to protect shellfish and the shellfishing industry, and improve communication among state agencies, scientists, and fishermen.

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Education
3:54 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Providence School Secretaries Protest Firing Of Colleague

Clerks from the Providence School department are protesting the firing last year of a secretary who worked at Asa Messer Elementary School.  The secretary was fired after a student was released to an unauthorized relative. The man, who was known to school staff, was later accused of molesting the student.  The secretary was supposed to return to school this week, after an arbitrator ruled she should get her job back.  But the Providence school department is trying to block her return to work. 

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Newport Jazz Festival Tickets Go On Sale Eleven Months Before Concert

2013 Newport Jazz Festival
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival go on sale today. This will be the 61st year for the annual Newport Jazz Fest.

Though the music doesn’t start until July 31st, the public will be able to purchase tickets for the historic festival 10 o’clock this morning.  Last year, for the sixtieth anniversary, the Jazz fest added a third day to its typical two-day lineup.  It’s holding onto the three day schedule this year. The festival is introducing a new cheaper one-day ticket, allowing visitors to choose whether they want to go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

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Environment
10:38 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Senator Whitehouse Praising U.S./China Climate Change Agreement

Sheldon Whitehouse on the Senate floor.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says the new climate change deal between the U.S. and China is good news for Rhode Island.  

The U.S. is committing to reducing carbon emissions 28 percent by 2025.

Whitehouse sais though Rhode Island is not a major carbon polluting state, it’s already feeling the effects of climate change. “Particularly with rising sea levels, Narragansett Bay is 3 to 4 degrees warmer, the winter flounder catch has virtually collapsed,” said Whitehouse.

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RI News
9:08 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Rhode Island Remembers Veterans In North Kingstown

A marching band walks down the street during North Kingstown's 2014 Veterans Day parade.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Wreath laying ceremonies and other events took place across the state today in honor of Veterans Day, including in North Kingstown where, the community celebrated with a parade.  

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the procession, and celebrate local troops.  In addition to marching bands and community groups, politicians were also on parade as members of the state congressional delegation marched by.

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Economy
8:49 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Rhode Island Pays Off Major Federal Loan Six Months Early

The state made an early payment to the U.S. Treasury on a loan used to cover unemployment benefits. It was the state’s final payment and the feds got it six months early.

Since March of 2009, Rhode Island borrowed nearly a billion dollars to cover unemployment benefits. The state made its final payment on that lump sum six months early, saving businesses more than $50 million next year. It will save local businesses said department of Labor and Training director Charles Fogarty.

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Bob Kerr Essay
2:36 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Bob Kerr: Veterans Honoring Their Own

Credit RIPR FILE

Veterans are more complete citizens, I think.  We hold our country closer,  and we know our country better for having gotten on the bus and gone to boot camp and earned the right to train and fight, get scared and get drunk with the richest mix of Americans to be found anywhere.

I remember the farm kids and the ghetto kids and the kids gone to the Marines instead of prison.  I remember the kids like me who wanted to break from college-bred predictability and take a mad leap into the unknown.   Some of us were looking for our hard side and found we didn’t have one.

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