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April 17, 2014
Local Features
Local Features
Pay raise for RI minimum wage workers By CATHERINE WELCH
Minimum wage workers in Rhode Island are getting a pay raise Tuesday. The state's minimum wage is going up for the first time in five years.
How to keep your New Year's resolution By CATHERINE WELCH
If you want to keep those New Year's resolutions, one University of Rhode Island professor says the best way is to create a plan. URI kinesiology professor Bryan Blissmer says break the big goal into manageable steps and monitor yourself to help stay on track.
2012 News Countdown: Superstorm Sandy devastates part of RI shoreline By CATHERINE WELCH
It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio's counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number three - is the damage brought by Superstorm Sandy.
2012 News Countdown: Central Falls elects a new mayor By CATHERINE WELCH
It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio's counting down the ten biggest stories of 2012. At number four - is Central Fall's emergence from bankruptcy and new leadership.
Governor Chafee reflects on year past and year coming By IAN DONNIS
A persistently high unemployment rate and the fate of last year's pension overhaul in mediation are some of the top issues facing the state starting next month. Governor Lincoln Chafee recently sat down to discuss those and other issues with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.
Artscape: Harpist brings in Winter Solstice By CHUCK HINMAN
For this month's Artscape, we go to a Winter Solstice music celebration featuring the Irish harpist and singer Aine Minogue. The concert is put on by the Common Fence Music Association.
Preventing holiday back pain By CATHERINE WELCH
If you're feeling a bit of back pain this holiday season, one University of Rhode Island professor says a few changes in habits and a bit of mindfulness can help.
Professor says some harvesting of coral is good By BRADLEY CAMPBELL
The trade of live coral for home aquariums is continuing to drop internationally. While the practice is in decline, a Roger Williams University professor says promoting its growth has the ability to actually help coral reefs.
2012 News Countdown: Education Commissioner recovers from brain surgery By CATHERINE WELCH
It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio's counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number eight - is Education Commissioner Deborah Gists' recovery from brain surgery.
2012 News Countdown: Brown U gains new president By ELIZABETH HARRISON
Brown University welcomed a new commander-in-chief after the 11-year tenure of the popular Ruth Simmons. The school's choice, Christina Hull Paxson, is an economist, who most recently led the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
2012 News Countdown: Brown U gains new president By FLO JONIC
Brown University welcomed a new commander-in-chief after the 11-year tenure of the popular Ruth Simmons. The school's choice, Christina Hull Paxson, is an economist, who most recently led the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
Lessons and Carols at Brown University By NATALIE JABLONSKI
It's Christmas Eve and if you're like millions of listeners around the globe, you might be planning to tune in to the service called A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast from King's College in England. Brown University has its own such 96 year tradition.
2012 News Countdown: Providence finances By IAN DONNIS
Once again, it was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio's counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number 10 is Providence's finances.
RI prepares to remember the King march 50 years ago By FLO JONIC
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is looking for people who participated in the March on Washington 50 years ago. It's been half a century since a quarter million Americans jammed the Washington Mall to applaud Martin Luther King's now-famous "I have a dream speech" in which he demanded a fair shake for African Americans.
RIPTA on a holiday schedule By FLO JONIC
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will be on a holiday schedule Christmas and New Year's Day. RIPTA offices will be open during regular business hours on Wednesday, December 26th and Wednesday, January 2nd.
Providence Mayor looks to reduce gun violence By IAN DONNIS
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says the city is boosting efforts to try to reduce gun violence after last week's school shooting in Connecticut. Taveras and other mayors plan to stage gun buy-back programs across the state next month.
Cranston mayor planning a celebration worthy of a Miss Universe By FLO JONIC
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says he's planning a very special celebration for Olivia Culpo - the native daughter who won the Miss Universe pageant Wednesday night in Las Vegas. She's the first Rhode Islander ever to win the crown and the first American to earn the honor in 15 years.
"Santaland Diaries" delight for adults at Ocean State Theatre Co. By BILL GALE
We speak here of "Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris, that Jack of all writing trades from The New Yorker magazine to our own NPR. In this piece, first aired in 1992, Sedaris tells of his fateful days as an elf named Crumpet at Macy's in New York.
Local study finds 500% increase in homeless sleeping outside By FLO JONIC
The state's latest homeless census shows a sharp uptick in the number of people living outdoors. It's a consequence of the overcrowded state of shelters.
RI officials react to CT school tragedy By RIPR NEWS
Rhode Island officials are responding to the school shooting tragedy in Connecticut. Governor Lincoln Chafee has reached out to Connecticut public safety officials to offer the full support and services of the State of Rhode Island. Schools are reminding residents of the existing safety procedures.