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Former DCYF Director Received Inappropriate Payments, Finds New Audit

Another audit has uncovered more irregularities in accounting practices at the state Department of Children, Youth and Families.
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Coalition Calls on Lawmakers to Take Stance on Probing 38 Studios

A coalition of five advocacy groups wants Rhode Island lawmakers to declare whether or not they support thorough legislative hearings and an outside investigation to document what went wrong with 38 Studios.
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A new poll shows that 76 percent of respondents think the state spends too little to maintain roads and bridges. A narrow majority supports Governor Gina Raimondo’s plan for improving infrastructure.

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Ocean planners from near and far will gather for the annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus to exchange ideas about how to continue to share the ocean.

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Lawmakers continue their oversight of the state’s troubled child welfare agency with a quarterly hearing tomorrow.  

The joint Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Senate Finance Committee has been monitoring the progress of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families since 2014. That’s when budget overruns prompted more scrutiny of the agency, and several reports found the problems ran deeper than money. 

Hurricane Joaquin blows toward Rhode Island as the state remains vexed by its own ring of challenges: the hangover of 38 Studios, trying to modernize state agencies, financially troubled fire districts, you name it. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The State-run Eleanor Slater Hospital will be overseen by a team of health care management consultants while state officials work to fix numerous problems. A recent report cited numerous patient safety concerns and financial problems at the facility.

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The lead federal agency involved in the Block Island Wind Farm has embarked on a five-year study to examine the project’s environmental impact.


Rhode Islanders continue to struggle with access to affordable housing. That’s according to the latest report from non-profit Housingworks RI. About half of all renters, and about a third of homeowners with mortgages spend more than a third of their incomes on housing.

Phil West, the longtime former director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about fallout from 38 Studios, the fight for better government, criminal-justice reform, and much more.

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When you walk into a doctor’s office for the first time, you might be asked to fill out a slew of forms. Many include a box to check for your gender: male or female. But what if that’s not an easy—or a comfortable—question to answer? That’s just one example of what keeps many transgender patients from getting the medical care they need. 

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Longtime former Common Cause of Rhode Island head Phil West joins Political Roundtable to discuss the fallout from the release of thousands of pages of 38 Studios court documents.


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