Rhode Island

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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The Bottom Line
3:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

The Bottom Line: Jobs to Take Care of an Aging Population

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Coastal Medical President Dr. Alan Kurose. Coastal is the state’s largest medical network.  They’re looking at ways the state’s projected aging population will affect the medical care professions and create new job opportunities.

When to Listen

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The Silver Boom: Aging in RI
1:49 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Silver Boom: Will Entitlements be There for Future Retirees?

What's being done on Capitol Hill to preserve Social Security and Medicare?
Credit US Capitol

A Brown University PhD student in epidemiology, Beth Lacy, is 28 years old. That means she’s a long way from retirement and plans to be working for decades to come. But the debate over the future of Medicare and Social Security is on Lacy’s mind even when she makes one of her regular coffee stops at the Cable Car Café in Providence.

“Is is something I think about,” she says. “It’s not something that necessarily keeps me up at night. But just because of the world I’m in with work – public health – I definitely think a lot more about Medicare than Social Security.”

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Business
3:50 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Large Data Center to Set Up Shop in Pawtucket Bringing 250 Jobs

A company that makes emergency response devices for the sick and elderly has announced plans to open a major operations center in Pawtucket.  The move means 175 new jobs for the Ocean State.

Tunstall America, a provider of health care communications devices, is closing its Cranston call center and moving it to Pawtucket where it will be expanded from 75 to 250 employees.    Tunstall America company spokeswoman Sarah Turner says they’re re-locating their data center from New York to Rhode Island in the process.

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Housing
10:13 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Better News on Rhode Island Foreclosure Front

Phoenix Affordable Housing
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rhode Island still has the highest foreclosure rate in New England but the numbers are coming down. According to Housing Works RI, foreclosure filings fell 11 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.   Filings have fallen 36 percent since 2009, when data was first available.
The Mortgage Bankers Association says Rhode Island continues to lead New England in foreclosures and is tied for 7th nationwide.

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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RI News
4:53 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Bishop Tobin: New Pope a Game Changer

Bishop Thomas Tobin watches closely as the new pope is introduced to the world.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholics reacted positively to the selection of the first pope from South America. Bishop Thomas Tobin was watching the news when Pope Francis was introduced to the world.

The bells of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul pealed wildly when white smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel in Rome, indicating a new pope had been elected. Inside the Providence diocesan offices, Bishop Thomas Tobin and several staff members watched on TV as the new pope emerged from St. Peter’s Basilica.

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