Rhode Island

RI News
8:33 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Portsmouth urges residents: Don't feed the coyotes

The town of Portsmouth has banned feeding wild animals as part of a plan to crack down on coyotes.   The town council voted unanimously Monday night on a rule that bars residents from leaving food outside in any area where a coyote or other wild animal could get to it. 

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RI News
4:05 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

URI index shows RI economy getting its mojo back

A University of Rhode Island economist is out with his monthly index of economic indicators. And it shows the state has economic momentum unmatched since 2003.

Professor Leonard Lardaro’s “Current Conditions Index” hit 92 in December, the highest mark in eight years.  All but one of 12 economic indicators showed growth; the lone exception being government which is scaling back hiring as services are consolidated.

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Morning News Podcast
9:43 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau is being sent to prison.  Plastic grocery bags may be banned in Rhode Island.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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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Business
9:17 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Scam targeting businesses in RI

Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis is warning local businesses about a scam.  A letter that appears to come from the state asks businesses to fill out a form and pay a $125 document fee.  The notification claims to be coming from the “Rhode Island Corporate Compliance” office.   Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says this letter is not legitimate.

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

RI News
8:16 am
Wed February 13, 2013

More info for drivers

Providence
Credit Aaron Read

Commuters who use Route 114 may notice some new information as of Wednesday.  The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has put up an electronic message board on Route 114 North in East Providence.  The sign provides travel time estimates to both I-95 and T. F. Green Airport.

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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.

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
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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