University of Rhode Island

State looks to open new shelter for 12 homeless families in Washington County

BY: - November 28, 2023

Homeless families in Washington County have few options when it comes to finding temporary housing: They can get placed in a local motel room or get sent to a shelter facility as far away as Woonsocket. But soon, a dozen families experiencing a housing emergency in the southern part of the state would be able […]

Finally, a state budget that puts URI athletes back on track

BY: - November 28, 2023

Amid the University of Rhode Island’s sprawling array of athletic complexes lies the shell of a once-cherished facility. Located between the softball and soccer fields, Slade Track & Field is a 400-meter outdoor facility constructed in the late 1970s that hosted tens of thousands of athletes and spectators until its closure in 1995. Since then, […]

Three R.I. higher education institutions make region’s top 10 on college rankings list

BY: - September 21, 2023

Providence College and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) tied with Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, for the top spot among regional higher education institutions in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report College and University Best Colleges rankings. Brown University, the Ivy League school with a 5% acceptance rate, cracked the top 10 nationally, […]

Five takeaways from Gabe Amo’s Democratic primary victory

BY: - September 6, 2023

When Gabe Amo announced his candidacy in April for the 1st Congressional District special election, he was a relatively unknown name to Rhode Island voters. Now, he’s on track to probably make history as the state’s first congressional representative of color after beating 10 other Democrats in Tuesday’s primary. While some might consider Amo’s victory […]

The two Republican CD1 candidates have been pretty quiet. There’s a reason for that.

BY: - September 1, 2023

Fraud investigations. Allegations of illegal super PAC coordination. Vocal debates. And one of the biggest spenders dropping out with a little more than a week before the Sept. 5 primary In the leadup to the Sept. 5 primary, Democrats seeking to fill the open seat for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District certainly have drawn their […]

A tale of two districts

BY: - August 28, 2023

Looking at the border of Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, it’s shaped a bit like an upside down pirate hook.  The base is configured around towns along the northern border with Massachusetts as it curves through Bristol and Newport counties, the bend starting in Providence — a city that shares both the 1st and 2nd […]

Help wanted sign outside a business in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

What’s with RI jobs data?

BY: - August 22, 2023

More Rhode Islanders are working, but the state is losing jobs, according to the latest monthly report from the Rhode Island Department Labor and Training. Wait, what? The seemingly contradictory relationship between the state’s July employment and jobs numbers could reflect changes to office culture. Or, maybe it’s a monthly aberration that means nothing at […]

R.I. awarded $6M federal grant to study coastal resiliency

BY: - August 8, 2023

Researchers across four Rhode Island institutions received a combined $6 million in federal grant funding to help improve the state’s coastal resiliency, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced on Monday. The National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will help research teams at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island (URI), Rhode Island College (RIC) […]

Big spenders: Nearly $750K committed to TV ads in CD1 race

BY: - August 2, 2023

With uplifting music and images of family, a narrator’s voice tells the story of Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos and her journey to America, her experience learning English, and her service in local and state government before the 1st Congressional District candidate walks onto screen. “The American dream is real,” Matos said. “But we have to […]

Department of Education policy change could save Rhode Islanders almost $110 million

BY: - July 25, 2023

A Biden Administration decision stands to forgive almost $110 million of Rhode Island student debt as a Covid-era payment freeze approaches its end. The U.S. Department of Education announced on July 14 intentions to correct mismanagement of income driven repayment plans that could bring $39 billion in relief to 804,000 borrowers.  Nonetheless, the number of […]

URI Shark Camp inspires youth to explore science in higher education

BY: - July 21, 2023

A slimy sea bass squirmed to break free from the pair of hands gripping it, struggling to return to the water.  “Hold it! Give it a kiss!” Joe Barney called out to the group of teenagers, encouraging everyone in the group to explore what the different fish feel like. “Eeewww!” replies a chorus of high […]

R.I. fears missing out on sports betting revenue. Is it prepared to address problem gambling?

BY: - June 12, 2023

Rhode Island lawmakers look across state lines to Massachusetts and Connecticut to see how they enacted sports betting, and all they see are dollar signs. In just the first month after sports betting began in Massachusetts, the Bay State saw more than $568 million worth of bets placed and nearly $12 million in tax revenue. […]