Rhode Island

Politics
7:16 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Lawmakers consider further protection from utility shut-offs

(PROVIDENCE, RI)There are two bills on the agenda of the Rhode Island House Committee on Corporations Tuesday related to public utility companies.  

One would block utility companies from shutting off the service of any customer on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or state holiday.

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RI News
6:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Overnight snow delays some schools, makes driving tougher

Downtown Providence
Credit Lydia Rogers

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The National Weather Service says the snow will stop and it will be cold the rest of the week.  For the latest information on RI school closings and delays click here. 

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Politics
8:09 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed: Obama's gun plan is sensible

Sen. Jack Reed
Credit Jack Reed

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The President rolled out a plan last week to curb gun violence, and Electric Boat announced more jobs are on the way for its facility in Quonset. These are just a few topics Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay touched on when he sat down with Senator Jack Reed.


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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Education
7:26 am
Fri January 18, 2013

RISD library makes list of best in the world

Fleet Library at RISD
Credit RISD.edu

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design is listed on "The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World."    The list was compiled based on unique, beautiful or intriguing architecture as judged by BestMastersPrograms.org.

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Business
7:08 am
Fri January 18, 2013

RI employment picture improving

(PROVIDENCE, RI)  Governor Lincoln Chafee says the latest jobless data shows Rhode Island’s economy is on the mend.  But the unemployment rate is still in double digits and still the highest in New England.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate went from 10.4 percent in November to 10.2 percent in December.  But that’s not why the Governor called the news media to his office to  trumpet the data.  He’s energized by five key metrics used to calculate the jobless figure – all of which are moving in the right direction for only the second time in six years.
 

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Politics
9:33 am
Wed January 16, 2013

RI to hear governor's budget proposal

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Credit Catherine Welch

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Gov. Lincoln Chafee gives his annual state-of-the-state speech Wednesday before a joint meeting of the General Assembly. The governor is expected to discuss the state’s stalled economy in his remarks.

Rhode Island Public Radio is airing the State of the Speech live along with analysis from the political team. Coverage starts at 7 p.m.

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RI News
5:45 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Slippery roads and school delays

Downtown Providence
Lydia Rogers

(PROVIDENCE, RI) There are many delayed openings for local schools this morning.  And there is no school for Foster-Glocester.  For a complete list click here.

Prepare for a slippery, snowy commute this morning according to National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten.   She says the amount of snow will vary through-out the state.  She expects the Providence area will get two-to-four inches of snow.

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Business
9:26 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Report looks at RI business climate

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A report examining why Rhode Island’s business climate ranks poorly in national surveys is slated to be released Tuesday.

Rhode Island has repeatedly placed near the bottom in some national surveys on the business friendliness of different states. The new study – entitled “Moving the Needle” – was produced by the state Senate and the business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.

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RI News
12:49 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Pleau's legal team disappointed by Supreme Court decision

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear the custody case of accused killer Jason Pleau.  Pleau had been fighting a transfer from  Rhode Island’s prison system to federal custody to stand trial for murder.
    
Stanford law professor Jeffrey Fisher worked with Pleau’s legal team.  Fisher is disappointed with the Supreme Court decision.

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Education
9:54 am
Mon January 14, 2013

HIgh Schools becoming more ethnically diverse

Credit RIPR

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The number of high school graduates is declining at a higher rate in Rhode Island than in the nation as a whole.  That’s the conclusion of a report released by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.  Rhode Island joins 4 other states and the District of Columbia in having projected losses of 15-percent or more in the number of high school graduates in the school years of 2008/2009 through 2019/2020.  

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