university of rhode island
By Bob Plain on March 18, 2018
I don’t put much faith in Punxsutawney Phil and I don’t live so close to the land that the actual weather makes much practical difference to my life. For me, winter officially ends in the Ocean State when URI plays their last basketball game of the season. There’s still snow on the ground but, as […]
By Representative Lauren H Carson on September 8, 2017
Rhode Island must be more proactive in planning for flooding and sea rise. The devastating toll of human loss and suffering in Texas must remind us of the high stakes involved.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2017
With the events of Charlottesville and the death of Heather Hyer still smoldering in our memories, hundreds of Rhode Islanders representing dozens of labor, political and advocacy groups came together to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor and to condemn racism, white supremacy and the rise of fascism.
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By Bob Plain on August 1, 2017
Every greens keeper and lawn lover in America knows the name, or at least the work, of C. Richard Skogley. The famed University of Rhode Island plant science professor developed “URI #2” grass seed used for lawns across the nation and later convinced South County potato farmers to grow sod instead of crops. Fewer know […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2017
“I want to go to college, but low-income students like me have to rely on student loans that don’t even cover the full price,” said Jayleen Salcedo, a senior at Classical High School and a member of the Providence Student Union (PSU).
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 29, 2017
“Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 23, 2017
About a thousand people braved the rain on Saturday, Earth Day, to gather at the Rhode Island State House to stand up for Science and against the anti-science of the Donald Trump administration. The March for Science in Rhode Island joined scientists and science enthusiasts around the globe in nearly 500 satellite marches, held in […]
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By Bob Plain on March 20, 2017
Rhode Island politicians loved showing their support for the URI Rams as they made a memorable run in this year’s NCAA Tournament. But only a few of them felt the sting of seeing an Alma mater come within seconds of advancing to the Sweet 16. About 18 percent of elected officials in Rhode Island went […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 3, 2017
TCI provides up to four weeks of partial (about 60 percent) wage replacement for workers who need to take time from their jobs to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
Powerful business interests spend the day hammering out their legislative priority wishlist and present them directly to elected officials. One-stop shopping.
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By Rodrigo Pimentel on November 13, 2016
University of Rhode Island (URI) students have planned a mass walkout and gathering at the campus Quad for Tuesday, November 15th at 11am. Organizers state that “…this is not a protest, but an expression of solidarity with marginalized voices on campus and in the community at large. We have extended the invitation to join us […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 22, 2016
I think the biggest message here, though perhaps not the one Whitehouse intended to deliver, is that the residents of Burrillville can count on getting no help from their Senator on this issue.
They are on their own.
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 10, 2015
Rhode Island is the third state to offer a Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program (TCI) and according to research, the program is very popular. Yet about half of those surveyed during a review of the first year of the program’s implementation were unaware of this benefit.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Jenn Steinfeld, RI Department of Labor and Training, university of rhode island, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 4, 2015
In response to the story on RI Future, in which it a video seemed to show a University of Rhode Island police officer or private security guard kick a suspect while he was being apprehended, URI has released the following statement…
By Rodrigo Pimentel on October 9, 2015
“If you follow the economic discussion in Rhode Island,” continued Nightingale, “all you hear people say is ‘all we need is more jobs, more jobs’ – but when you scrape away the rhetoric, a lot of people of color and poor minorities are being divided among themselves… the elites never mention that it’s all about their profits, about busting unions, about exploiting people – and this is one of the problems we have to deal with.”
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By Bruce Reilly on March 7, 2013
This post, by TTEF President Andres Idarraga on behalf of the Board of Directors, originally appeared on TTEF’s blog. The recent controversy surrounding a young man pursuing his education at the University of Rhode Island raises several societal issues. (“One student’s journey from state prison to URI sparks inquiry,” Katherine Gregg, 2/24/13). Should we encourage […]
RI Progress Report: URI Profs File Suit, West Warwick, Tar Heels on Marriage Equality, Doherty and US Chamber
By Bob Plain on May 9, 2012
URI professors have filed a lawsuit against the state saying the Board of Governors for Higher Education broke the law when they declined to ratify a contract they had already agreed to after Gov. Chafee weighed in on the matter. Profs may win in court, but in order to win in the court of public […]