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5:45 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Gov. Chafee: I Couldn’t Have Done Anything Differently To Save 38 Studios

Gov. Lincoln Chafee at his exit interview at the Rhode Island Public Radio studios.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said one of his biggest regrets is not getting his first budget passed. That budget proposed lowering the sales tax but expanding it to other items and services.

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4:36 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

The paranoid opposition to RhodeMap RI

It looks like the RhodeMap RI debate is much ado about not so much. Those who oppose this largely benign economic and social blueprint have blown the results so far out of proportion as to be ludicrous.

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Health Care
3:26 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Proposed Rules Could Change Painkiller Prescribing

Donna Policastro, representing Rhode Island nurses, says the proposed regulations are unnecessary.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island health officials are considering new regulations governing how health care providers prescribe painkillers. So far this year, 212 Rhode Islanders have died from accidental drug overdoses, most involving opioids, according to the health department.

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RI News
2:55 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Tussles With Karl Rove Over Torture Report

Karl Rove (L) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse trade barbs over the recent Senate report on the C.I.A.'s use of torture.
Credit Fox News

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse traded jabs with Republican Strategist Karl Rove this weekend on Fox News.  

They tussled over so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, such as water boarding. Whitehouse says that constitutes as torture and did not aid in the capture of Osama Bin Laden. 

“If you look at the information we had on the courier that took us to Osama Bin Laden, we had four sources on that, and those four sources all provided all the information that the CIA needed to know to track this guy before they were exposed to enhanced information techniques.”

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Education
2:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Construction Begins On Joint Nursing School

The abandoned South Street Power Station will be home to a joint URI, RIC nursing school, and Brown University administration offices.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Construction began today at a brand new nursing school in Providence.  The project is a collaboration between three institutions.

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On Politics
12:32 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Institutional Investor Has More Props for Raimondo -- AND Siedle

Raimondo during a pension meeting in 2011.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

It's not every day you find Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and one of her leading critics, Edward "Ted" Siedle, getting praised in the same place.

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Environment
11:38 am
Mon December 15, 2014

New Online Tools Available To Assess Flood Risks Along Shorelines

Coastal planners now have access to new statewide maps with information about projected storm surges, seal level rise, and other coastal changes in Rhode Island.
Screenshot of STORMTOOLS

The University of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Coastal Resources Management Council, has developed new tools to plan for future climate change threats. New maps with projected storm surge and sea level rise are now available online.

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RI News
8:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

State Police To Host Forum Addressing Community Relations

State Police Captain Steven O'Donnell
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island State Police and a number of organizations are holding a public forum Monday to discuss the gap between law enforcement and minority communities. 

Col. Steven O’Donnell said it’s a chance for law enforcement to explain how they do their job and in return residents can reflect on how police are perceived. “There’s so much that we do that people really don’t know, and I think it’s important that they know what we’re doing. We’re not always going to be perfect, but if we engage that community there’s a better understanding of how we do business,” said O’Donnell.

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5:55 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Gift-getting, holiday cheer, staffing up and then -- boom! -- a New Year will be here, full of exciting stories yet to happen. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me tips/comments at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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4:16 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Rhode Island Pays Final Respects To Lila Sapinsley

Rhode Island bade farewell and paid tribute today to former state Sen. Lila Sapinsley, a liberal Republican who became the first woman Senate Minority Leader, at funeral services at Temple Beth-El  in the Providence East Side district that she so ably represented.

Sapinsley, who died earlier this week at her Laurelmead home at 92, was eulogized by Rabbi Leslie Y. Gutterman as a path breaking woman of compassion, accomplishment and conviction.

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