Rhode Island

Closing the Word Gap
12:02 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Providence Wins $5M Bloomberg Prize to Close the Word Gap

Providence wins $5 million prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Credit File / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says it’s a dream that the city won a $5 million prize to help low-income children boost language skills. The prize money came from a philanthropic organization set up by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Providence won with a program that will equip low-income children with devices that record conversations and count the words they are exposed to. The children’s parents will then be coached on ways to expose kids to more words. The goal is to close what’s known as “the word gap,” between low-income and more affluent four-year-olds.

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Economy
8:42 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Rhode Island Workers More Likely to Commute Out of State

Downtown Providence
Credit RIPR file

The US Census Bureau has released information about the commuting habits of Americans.  It finds that Rhode Island residents are among those most likely to work in another state.  Close to 13 percent of those living in the Ocean State work out-of-state.

The Census Bureau figures also show that the average commute in America is 25 minutes each way.

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RI Board of Elections
2:16 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Board of Elections Director to Keep His Job

Rhode Island elections director Bob Kando gets to keep his job, but he first had to endure a dressing down from his bosses, the Board of Elections. The board felt Kando exceeded his executive authority when he presented lawmakers with a package of elections-related bills.

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RI News
8:04 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Rhode Island Rentals Among Most Expensive in Nation

Credit courtesy RI Housing facebook page

A new national report shows Rhode Island has some of the highest rental costs in the country.  The Ocean State has the 17th highest rental costs according to the report published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  In Rhode Island the fair market rent for a two bedroom apartment is $945. In order to afford this level of rent without paying more than 30 percent on housing, a household must earn $37,000 a year or $18 dollars for a full time worker. A minimum wage worker would have to work 94 hours a week all year long.

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The Pulse
12:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: 1 in 4 Will Be 60+ By 2030

By 2030, a quarter of Rhode Islanders will be 60 or older.

 

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.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org
 

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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