Rhode Island

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
8:29 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: An Overview of Rhode Island's Elderly

Director of Division of Elderly Affairs Catherine Taylor
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

Rhode Island has the largest percentage of people age 85 and older in the nation, and the number is only going to grow as baby boomers begin to join that group. This week, Rhode Island Public Radio takes an in-depth look at older Rhode Islanders in a new series we’re calling The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.  To start us off, RIPR Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Catherine Taylor, Director of the State Division of Elderly Affairs.

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Education
7:57 am
Mon March 11, 2013

In Depth With New Education Board Chair Mancuso

Board of Education Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

This could be a pivotal day in the future of education in our state. A new state Board of Education holds its first meeting.

The new Rhode Island Board of Education combines the functions of two previous panels: the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.

Board chair Eva Marie Mancuso sat down with RIPR education reporter Elisabeth Harrison to talk about the priorities of the new board.

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RI News
7:07 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Statehouse to be Lit in Yellow

The State House will be illuminated in a yellow light Monday. The lighting is aimed at raising awareness about endometriosis, a condition that affects more than five million women in the United States. The lights will come on at dusk and get brighter as the sky gets darker.

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Weather
9:06 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Snowfall Varies Widely in Small Area

Providence, RI
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The National Weather Service predicts Rhode Island will get another one to two inches of snow Friday.  This is much less than the eight to ten inches which had been initially projected for Thursday and Friday.

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RI News
8:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

East Providence Well on Its Way to Fiscal Health

Central Avenue, East Providence, RI
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The City of East Providence says there are just a few more details to button up before it waves good-bye to the Budget Commission that’s been overseeing city finances. A state-appointed finance officer will step in next.

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RI News
3:17 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Warwick Attorney Charged With Embezzlement From an Elderly Client

State police have arrested a Warwick attorney on charges of embezzling from an elderly client.  The investigation was launched at the request of the state Supreme Court.

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Morning News Podcast
9:57 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Another snow storm is on its way.  The new state Board of Education has all its members in place now.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
Plus in this week’s This I Believe—Rhode Island essay, writer and actress Janine Weisman talks about the importance of community.

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Politics
8:28 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Proposal to Give Those Who've Gone Straight a Clean Slate

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed expansion in the expungement of criminal records in Rhode Island. Supporters call expungement a way for former offenders to overcome past mistakes.

Deacon Jay Parker was one of the people to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Parker says criminal charges from more than 20 years ago have been an obstacle when he’s applied for jobs.

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Politics
8:20 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Proposal Would Require Breath Test to Start Car

Rhode Island state representative Gregg Amore is proposing a crackdown on drunk drivers.  Under a bill he submitted, drivers with a DUI conviction or those who refuse a breath test would be required to have ignition interlock systems installed in their cars. The device requires a driver to submit to a breath test before starting their car.  

Seventeen other states have similar laws, including Connecticut and New York.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, states where ignition interlock programs have significantly reduced recidivism rates.

Winter Weather
4:42 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Region Braces for Heavy Winds, Up to 8 Inches of Snow

A wet snow falls on downtown Providence Thursday afternoon.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The snow will get heavier, the winds stronger, and National Grid is working to avoid power outages.

The latest information on cancelations and closures can be found here.

Some towns have parking bans but no public schools are delaying the start of school this morning as snow falls across the state.

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