Berkshire Museum Art Auctions Slated To Begin In May

Apr 11, 2018
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Now that it has permission from the Massachusetts high court, the Berkshire Museum says it will start auctioning off part of its art collection next month.

In a statement Tuesday, museum officials said they will put 13 pieces on the block, including Norman Rockwell's "Blacksmith's Boy -- Heel and Toe."

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Today starts a series of final hearings for a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville. 

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Republican candidate Giovanni Feroce said he will cut taxes sharply, try to make Rhode Island a right to work state, and instill a reliance on blockchain technology if he wins election as Rhode Island's next governor.

During a mid-day campaign event in front of a few dozen supporters at the Eleven Forty Nine restaurant in East Greenwich on Tuesday, Feroce spent almost 20 minutes praising the entrepreneurial spirit of George Washington before launching into his policy prescriptions. He said his focus will be on creating prosperity through education, employment and retirement.

University of Rhode Island

Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree and give the commencement address at the University of Rhode Island’s commencement on Sunday, May 20th.

Seaver Anderson / University of Rhode Island

Scientists will be tracking the movement of migratory fish along the Pawcatuck River this spring. It's the first time the entire river has been accessible to fish since the 1880s.

Children's Friend

Testimony is expected Tuesday before the House Finance Committee on Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget for the state's Department of Children, Youth and Families. 

The child-welfare agency was the subject of two scathing reports last year, by the Office of the State Child Advocate, for its handling of cases involving children who were seriously injured or died in its care.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Almost three years after Rhode Island's two U.S. senators announced Mary McEloy's nomination to be a federal judge, President Trump has revived McElroy's stalled judicial nomination. The move that could clear a logjam on federal appointments in Rhode Island since Trump took office in January 2017.

The National Partnership for Women and Families released a new study of the gender pay gap in each state for National Equal Pay Day. The report shows the gap for women in Rhode Island and Massachusetts has widened. 

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For decades, Liberian refugees were allowed to live and work in the U.S. following the Liberian Civil War of the 1990s. President Donald Trump announced the end of that policy in March, giving protected Liberians just one year to prepare for deportation.

Liberians living in Southern New England are confused and disappointed. The Whitehouse says the Liberian policy is no longer necessary, because country is stable after years of war and the 2014 Ebola outbreak. But local Liberians disagree.


Rhode Island health officials report drug overdose deaths last year declined about 4 percent, the first significant decline in nearly a decade.

The final count, released Monday, showed the decline was not as significant as early reporting suggested. And the decline in opioid-related overdose deaths last year was even smaller – 1.4 percent – state data shows.

Fewer children in Rhode Island are living in poverty but more face longer wait times for in-patient psychiatric care, according to the Rhode Island Kids Count 2018 Factbook released Monday.

To paraphrase a remark (mistakenly) attributed to Mark Twain, the coldest winter I ever spent was a spring in southern New England. But we roll with the punches, right? 

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, citing ethical lapses and misuse of taxpayer money, today called for the firing of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

Elisabeth Harrison

Providence County is participating in a trial run of the 2020 U.S. Census. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay traces how something that shouldn’t provoke controversy has become partisan.

DEM Urges Trout Fishermen To Beware On Opening Day

Apr 6, 2018
RIPR file photo

Opening day for trout season is right around the corner, and the RI DEM is reminding anglers – particularly those fishing from a boat – to be careful in pursuit of their first trout of the season – which is to say: wear a life jacket.