Flo Jonic http://ripr.org en Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes http://ripr.org/post/proposed-cranston-budget-doesn-t-hike-property-taxes <p>Cranston residents will face no property tax increase next year under a budget proposed Tuesday night by Mayor Allan Fung.&nbsp;He has submitted a $262 million spending plan that would fully fund the city’s annual pension obligations while not hiking property taxes.</p><p></p><p>The average Cranstonian pays $5,000 a year in property taxes. Fung admits that’s high, but says just keeping taxes from rising has been a challenge given state funding cuts and the devastation caused by the great flood of 2010.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:03:39 +0000 Flo Jonic 31419 at http://ripr.org Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes Newport Restoration Foundation Purchases Home Of Important Colonial Furniture Maker http://ripr.org/post/newport-restoration-foundation-purchases-home-important-colonial-furniture-maker <p>The Newport Restoration Foundation has added a new jewel to its crown of original colonial housing. And this isn’t just any home.&nbsp; Its owner was a man who made American furniture-making history.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:50:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 31413 at http://ripr.org Newport Restoration Foundation Purchases Home Of Important Colonial Furniture Maker Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/flood-warning-remains-effect-rhode-island <p>Flood warnings remain in effect for Rhode Island rivers, but forecasters for with the National Weather Service says people shouldn't fear a repeat of the historic floods of March 2010; which were the worst in the state.&nbsp; However residents in Westerly were still worried.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Gail Quatromanni lives in a sprawling ranch with spectacular view of the Pawcatuck River.&nbsp; But it hasn't been looking very pretty in the last couple days.&nbsp; In a 24 hour period starting Sunday morning, Quatromanni said the river rose 19 inches.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:36:08 +0000 Flo Jonic 31344 at http://ripr.org Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island RI ACLU Seeking Answers to Cranston Parking Ticket Blitz http://ripr.org/post/ri-aclu-seeking-answers-cranston-parking-ticket-blitz <p>The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a public records request seeking answers to questions surrounding the so-called Cranston parking ticket scandal.</p><p>The wards of two Cranston city councilors were blanketed with parking tickets the day after they voted against a police union contract.&nbsp;The police captain who authorized the ticketing has now stepped forward to publicly identify himself.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:13:52 +0000 Flo Jonic 27776 at http://ripr.org RI ACLU Seeking Answers to Cranston Parking Ticket Blitz Roger Williams University To Lower Law School Tuition http://ripr.org/post/roger-williams-university-lower-law-school-tuition <p>Roger Williams University is taking a step you don’t hear about very often. It’s lowering its law school tuition by eighteen percent.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Roger Williams University Law School, like many around the country, has seen a significant drop in applications.&nbsp;&nbsp; Not only is the price of law school prohibitive,&nbsp; but those who can afford it often find it difficult to land jobs once they pass the bar.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:49:54 +0000 Flo Jonic 27753 at http://ripr.org Roger Williams University To Lower Law School Tuition Rare Beethoven Manuscript Going To The Highest Bidder In New Hampshire http://ripr.org/post/rare-beethoven-manuscript-going-highest-bidder-new-hampshire <p>An exceptionally rare scrap of music written by Ludwig Von Beethoven<a href="http://www.rrauction.com/bidtracker_detail.cfm?IN=855"> goes on the auction block </a>Wednesday night at an auction house in New Hampshire. The single page document, which Beethoven apparently tore out of a sketch pad, provides rare insight into the composer’s creative process.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:24:14 +0000 Flo Jonic 27721 at http://ripr.org Rare Beethoven Manuscript Going To The Highest Bidder In New Hampshire Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's Political Future http://ripr.org/post/cranston-mayor-allan-fungs-political-future <p>Now that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has made public that he killed a man in a car accident 25 years ago, the question remains: how will this affect his run for governor?</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Veteran Rhode Island pollster Joseph Fleming says he is almost certain that with his emotionally-charged news conference, Fung successfully put the fatal crash in his rear view mirror.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:12:03 +0000 Flo Jonic 27712 at http://ripr.org Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's Political Future New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/new-voter-id-law-gets-its-first-outing-woonsocket <p>Woonsocket voters go to the polls next week to elect a state representative to replace Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was recently elected mayor of that city.&nbsp; The election represents the first time that photo identification will be required of voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union is reminding Woonsocket voters to be sure to take along a photo id when they head to the polls Tuesday. Woonsocket is holding a special election to fill the House seat vacated by newly-elected Woonsocket Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:21:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 27710 at http://ripr.org New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket An Emotional Fung Recalls His Role In A Fatal Accident 25 Years Ago http://ripr.org/post/emotional-fung-recalls-his-role-fatal-accident-25-years-ago <p>Rhode Islanders were exposed to an extraordinary display of political courage Monday when Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, one of four candidates hoping to be the state’s next governor, publicly discussed a tragic fatal accident he caused 25 years ago.&nbsp; Fung was so overcome with emotion during a news conference in Cranston that he left the room to regain his composure. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic attended the emotionally-charged press conference.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:44:22 +0000 Flo Jonic 27631 at http://ripr.org An Emotional Fung Recalls His Role In A Fatal Accident 25 Years Ago 2013 Ends With A Wimper For The State's Economy http://ripr.org/post/2013-ends-wimper-states-economy <p>A University of Rhode Island professor who tracks the state’s economy says the last three months of 2013 were disappointing.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>URI economics professor Leonard Lardaro, author of a monthly index on the Rhode Island economy, says the fourth quarter of 2013 wasn’t horrible, but wasn’t great either.&nbsp; Lardaro said Rhode Island is making slow progress but is still struggling to emerge from the grasp of one of the worst economic downturns in American history.&nbsp; A continuing problem, he said, is a shortage of skilled labor.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:39:59 +0000 Flo Jonic 27590 at http://ripr.org 2013 Ends With A Wimper For The State's Economy