R.I. House Speaker Shekarchi says Raimondo encouraged him to run for Congress
On the Rhode Island Report podcast, the Warwick Democrat also details the 14-bill legislative package unveiled last week, saying, “We have a crisis at every level of the housing spectrum.”
The role of teachers? ‘To empower students to recognize that the world needs their talents.’
On the Rhode Island Report podcast, award-winning Central Falls science teacher David Upegui talks about why left the Ivy League to teach at the high school he attended.
Breaking down Cicilline’s decision to exit Congress
On the Rhode Island Report podcast, Dan McGowan and Jim Hummel analyze the Rhode Island Democrat’s decision to step down to become president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.
R.I.’s new deputy House speaker expects revamp of Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights this year
“Something has to be done,” Representative Raymond Hull, a Black Providence police sergeant, said on the Rhode Island Report. “There has to be some reform, and it’s going to be not some Band-Aid either.”
Convicted of murder as a teen, Providence man released from prison under new R.I. law
On Rhode Island Report podcast, Keith Nunes notes most people sent to prison will return to society some day. So, he asked, “What do we want to do?”
New chair says R.I. Democratic Women’s Caucus to focus on abortion coverage bill, gender and race in schools
On Rhode Island Report podcast, the Rev. Donnie Anderson talks about her experience since coming out as transgender, and details the group’s priorities this year.
Senator Reed provides insights on sending tanks to Ukraine
On the Rhode Island Report podcast, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman also talks about the new Pawtucket/Central Falls train station and the presence of “tranq” in the local drug supply.
Lead poisoning takes toll in Central Falls
“This is heartbreaking just listening to this as the mayor,” Maria Rivera said. “I’m thinking about the future of these young babies.”
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Plans to move NOAA hub to Newport are being finalized, Reed says
Senator Jack Reed said moving NOAA’s Marine Operations Center – Atlantic from Virginia to Newport would mean a $150 million federal investment and 200 jobs in Rhode Island.
RI’s new housing secretary faces a series of old problems
“There’s universal recognition that this is a very important moment in time. There have been a number of false starts,” Housing Secretary Stefan Pryor told the Globe. “We have to carry out a substantial amount of work that will represent progress.”
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Three years in, COVID is not over
Although the United States plans to end the public health emergency in May, COVID immunity wanes quickly among older adults, who may still want to consider boosters and masking to help minimize their risks.
How federal COVID aid is uplifting English learners in Central Falls
This small city where nearly half of the students in the district are English learners now offers two extra hours of language instruction per day.
R.I. fraudster who faked Marine service and cancer gets nearly 6 years in prison
“She preyed on people’s compassion, their sympathy, and their goodheartedness,” federal prosecutor Ronald Gendron said.
R.I. to disband Equity Council that guided the state’s response to COVID-19
Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz, an Equity Council member, calls the decision “misguided and a disservice to the people of Rhode Island.”