Rhode Island

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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RI Economic Development
2:59 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Gov. Chafee: Having Trouble Filling EDC Board

Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he’s having some trouble getting people to serve on the board of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Seven of the 13 board seats are empty and the agency has no director.  

Chafee says people he’s approached are reluctant to serve because of the high-profile nature of the troubled agency.

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Central Falls Schools
2:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Central Falls Lands $10M Gates Grant to Upgrade Schools

Credit File / RIPR

Central Falls schools are in for a major facelift thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Central Falls is one of 16 cities across the country to receive generous grants from the Microsoft mogul.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a $10 million grant to the Central Falls District-Charter Collaboration Compact. That’s a coalition of Central Falls public schools and five nearby charter schools.  The money will be used to upgrade and build schools. Central Falls superintendent Fran Gallo says the funds will be put to good use.

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RI News
8:07 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Vulnerable Risk Going Unpaid

A workers’ rights group plans to hold a news conference Tuesday to call attention to what it calls a serious problem with unpaid wages.

Fuerza Laboral says it interviewed 32 people who reported a total of $170,000 in unpaid wages over the past five years.

The workers’ rights group says many cases of wage theft go unreported, since they often involve immigrants, the homeless and other vulnerable workers.

Fuerza Laboral is holding a news conference outside the State House to draw attention to the issue on unpaid wages.

Early Voting
2:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Bill Would Bring Early Voting to RI

Rhode Islanders would be allowed to vote early under a bill introduced in the General Assembly. The bill was introduced at the request of the governor’s office.

Rhode Islanders would be allowed to vote Thursdays and Fridays three weeks before an election, under a bill sponsored by State Representative Deborah Ruggiero.   The Jamestown democrat says the long lines we saw during the 2012 presidential election should not be tolerated.

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Arts & Culture
8:59 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Helping Artists Manage Finances

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is offering a program to help artists tackle their finances. The program originates from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Scott MacKay Essay
12:27 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Can Rhode Island Survive Sequestration?

Credit US Capitol

Most Rhode Islanders by now have adopted a my-eyes-glaze over attitude towards a dysfunctional federal government that careens from one self-inflicted crisis to another. The latest is the so-called sequester, the arbitrary cuts in federal spending that loom because Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t seem to act like grown-ups and figure out how to deal with taxing and spending.

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The Bottom Line
4:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The Bottom Line: Women in Leadership

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 Kati Machtley, director of the Women’s Summit at Bryant University about the changing themes in leadership and what the speakers of this year’s summit bring to the table.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Pensions
8:43 am
Fri March 1, 2013

State Pension Challenge on Hold as Negotiations Continue

RI State House
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A legal challenge to the overhaul of the state pension system will remain on hold as the two sides continue to mediate the dispute.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Move Over Stuffie, Here Comes "Rhode Island Calamari"

If Rep. Joseph McNamara gets his way, calamari will become the official state appetizer. The stuffie shouldn’t take this personally.

If McNamara’s bill becomes law, then Rhode Island calamari would be listed as the official state appetizer on the state’s website and in promotional material. And the way McNamara sees it that could land the phrase, “Rhode Island calamari” on restaurant menus across the country, giving the state’s biggest catch a little buzz marketing. As for the quahog and the stuffie, McNamara says it’s not personal.

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