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5:02 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

TGIF: 20 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Happy spring (although it may not feel like it for days, if not weeks), and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me on the twitters. Let's head in.

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Health Care
4:18 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Are Rhode Islanders Aware Of The Dangers Of Fentanyl?

Rhode Island is still grappling with soaring numbers of drug overdose deaths, many of them involving the painkiller fentanyl. It's not clear the message about the dangers of fentanyl is reaching those at risk.

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Weather
2:59 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Unseasonably Cold Temps, Snow, For The First Day Of Spring

It’s the first day of Spring, but don’t put away your winter coat just yet.  After a brutal January and February, more snow is predicted today. National Weather Service meteorologist William Babcock said it’s expected to start late this afternoon.

"It could become a factor for the evening commute for parts of the state.  Possibly Providence, better shot in spots like Newport and Westerly," said Babcock.

The Pulse
2:47 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Happy Match Day, Future Docs!

Today, medical students across the country found out where they'll be spending the next several years of their training, as a resident. It's called Match Day, and it's a celebration for many, the culmination of years of hard work.

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On Politics
2:08 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For A Rhode Island Pension Deal

Votes are set to be cast this week for a settlement in the state's pension lawsuit.
Credit RIPR FILE

Once again, Rhode Island politics is ensnared in a public employee pension controversy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to put this issue in our collective rear view mirror.

It’s well past time to get beyond the noisy debate over public employee pensions in Rhode Island. It’s a joust that has ensnared  the Statehouse for more than a generation. It has long pitted the business community against public employees and their union leaders, fractured relations between conservatives and liberals and led to tortuous attempts for years to shore up the system.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Raimondo on Economic Development, the PawSox, Medicaid & More

Governor Gina Raimondo joins us on Bonus Q+A this week to discuss Rhode Island's economy, changing Medicaid, a possible Providence ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox, and much more.

You can hear more of our conversation with Governor Raimondo in our Political Roundtable segment. 

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Budget, Jobs & the Pension Dispute

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her budget proposal, efforts to reinvent Medicaid, the pension dispute and much more.

You can hear more from Governor Raimondo in our Bonus Q+A segment.

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On Politics
6:06 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Supporters, Opponents Square Off On Raising RI's $2.89 Sub-Minimum Wage

Bartender/server Kate Conroy calls the sub-minimum wage a poverty wage.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new coalition held a Statehouse news conference Thursday to press for an increase in the state’s $2.89 sub-minimum wage. Supporters call this a matter of fairness, since the sub-minimum wage hasn’t changed in 20 years. But the restaurant industry says higher wages would lead to higher food prices.

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Arts & Culture
5:06 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Rhode Islanders Celebrate St. Joseph's Day With Zeppoles

Scialo Brothers Bakery on Federal Hill in Providence
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Today is St. Joseph’s Day, and many Rhode Islanders are celebrating the holiday with zeppoles. The special pastry is available only around this time of year.  

Customers pack Scialo Brothers Bakery on Federal Hill in Providence. They’re waiting to get their hands on a zeppole. 

The Italian pastry is like a fancy donut. It’s got a flaky crust and cream, topped with powdered sugar, and sometimes a cherry.

Waiting in line, Mary Reynolds says she comes to Scialo’s every year on St. Joseph’s Day. 

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RI News
5:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Full House Approves Twin River Hotel Proposal

Twin River Casino is proposing a 4 story hotel
Credit RIPR FILE

The full house has approved a bill allowing Twin River Casino to build a hotel  on its property.  Twin River wants the hotel to compete with proposed casinos in Massachusetts.

The restriction that keeps Twin River from building a hotel was originally put in place to protect Providence area hotels from losing business.  But now Massachusetts plans to open three casinos and a slot parlor, threatening Twin River’s revenue.  Twin River officials have unveiled a proposal to build a four story hotel on their Lincoln property.

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