Rhode Island

Education
7:19 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises RI's progress

Credit U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison about the progress the Ocean State is making in education.

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RI News
2:32 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Former Central Falls mayor sentenced to 2 years in prison

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau on his way to getting sentenced to two years in prison
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for accepting gifts from a man who received lucrative city contracts.  Moreau will leave behind a wife and two young sons when he reports to prison March 4th.

Charles Moreau’s hands trembled as Judge Jack McConnell handed down his sentence: 24 months in a federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a hefty fine.  

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RI News
6:06 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Power coming back, storm gets ranked

Power poles down at Mackerel Cove
Credit Don Wineberg

(Update)  As of 8 this morning National Grid reports the number of customers without power is down to 2100.  95 percent of those are in Washington County.

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National Grid is working to restore electricity to 2700 customers in Rhode Island.  2600 of those are in South Kingstown and the other communities of Washington County.  On its website National Grid reports it hopes to have power back on to all customers by noon today.

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Education
12:13 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Why test scores matter

The latest round of test scores come out today for students in Rhode Island public schools. The annual exam known as the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, covers reading, writing and math.  The results are closely watched by education advocates and policy-makers. One of them is Elizabeth Burke-Bryant from Rhode Island Kids Count.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
10:44 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Time to change our attitude in RI

Another week passes with the usual talk from the Rhode Island political and business elite on economic development. RIPR political  analyst Scott MacKay says its time for some changes in the way Rhode Islanders view our state and ourselves.

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Business
8:47 am
Mon February 11, 2013

RI and Chinese companies to meet

A group trip is being organized for Rhode Island businesses who are interested in doing business with China, as well as those already doing so.   The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation is organizing a trip for the last two weeks in April.  

The E-D-C says business appointments with Chinese companies will be arranged and informational briefings will be given to participants.

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RI News
3:19 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Rain expected to wash away much of snow

Central Avenue in East Providence on Monday
Aaron Read RIPR

The National Weather Service is still compiling the data from this past weekend’s snow storm.  But even without official measurements Meteorologist Matthew Belk says: we saw a lot of snow. “Looking across Rhode Island we’re looking at widespread accumulations of a foot and a-half to two and a-half feet of snow.  The highest snowfall that I see in RI is 27.6 inches in West Glocester.

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Environment
8:39 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Good news for New England's greenhouse gasses

The regional cap on carbon dioxide emissions could be lowered by nearly half next year.  New England’s regional greenhouse gas emissions are already lower than expected.

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RI News
2:19 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Providence inducts two new members into the MLK Jr. Hall of Fame

Providence Mayor Angel Tavares, and City Council President, Michael Solomon have inducted two new members into the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony honored two Providence men for their contributions.

John “Johnny” Britto and Dr. Wayne Montague, Sr. were selected as this year’s inductees from a list of nominees submitted by the Providence Human Relations Commission.

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RI News
5:36 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Report looks at how to better help RI veterans

As Rhode Island servicemen and women return from the front lines, state officials are searching for better ways to make sure they have the jobs, education and the health services they need to integrate back into civilian life. A new report out of the state senate urges the state to do a better job connecting veterans with jobs and services.

The state counts more than 70,000 veterans living in Rhode Island, and unemployment numbers show they have a higher rate of joblessness than their civilian counterparts.  

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