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6:20 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Inaugurations in several cities today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The swearing in for statewide office holders is still a day away but officials in several Rhode Island cities will be taking the oath of office today.


In Providence, Angel Taveras will become the city's first Latino mayor during a swearing in ceremony on the steps of City Hall this afternoon.


In Pawtucket, Donald Grebien will be sworn in as mayor this morning at City Hall. He'll replace the city's longest serving mayor, James Doyle.

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6:15 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Taveras to be sworn in on steps of City Hall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Angel Taveras will take the reins today as the new mayor of Providence.


After an inter-faith breakfast, Taveras will be inaugurated at 1:30 on the steps of City Hall. A reception will be held from 3 to 4 on the second floor of City Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.


An inaugural celebration will take place at 7 this evening at the Rhode Island Convention Center. It's free, but tickets must be obtained at transitionprovidence.org

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7:04 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Portrait of Carcieri to be unveiled today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An official portrait of Governor Carcieri is due to be unveiled at 5 pm today. It includes some subtle motifs from his time in office.


Carcieri is leaving office next week after the maximum two terms as governor. State law requires departing governors to remain at the State House - in the form of an official portrait. Artist Harley Bartlett of Hope says a small statue, of a knight on a horse, on the governor's desk refers to the scholastic mascot of his native East Greenwich High School.

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7:29 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Incoming lawmakers call for run-off elections

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two incoming Republican lawmakers say the state should hold runoff elections if a winning candidate gets less than 50 percent of the vote.

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4:50 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Ethics Commission to consider Costantino case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state Ethics Commission will consider Tuesday whether to allow a departing state legislator to join the administration of Governor-elect Chafee.

House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Providence this year instead of seeking reelection as a state rep.

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6:36 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Chafee plans Waterfire inaugural reception

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Incoming Gov. Lincoln Chafee is planning what his office says is a frugal inauguration on Jan. 4, featuring Rhode Island's favorite free public arts event, Waterfire.


Chafee's office says Wednesday it recognizes the difficult economic climate and to cut costs, there won't be an inaugural ball. Instead, the five general officers will hold five evening receptions in Providence in restaurants overlooking Waterfire.

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7:06 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Cicione seeks replacement for RI-GOP chair

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major change is coming to the Republican Party of Rhode Island. State chair Giovanni Cicione says he does not want to run for re-election and is seeking someone to replace him.

"As a volunteer, father and business owner, I've got a lot of things pulling on me," he says. "I think four years has been a good run and I'd love to find someone willing to put in the same level of effort and keep the ball rolling because we've got a good thing going on."

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6:52 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Supreme Court to hear climate suit brought by RI, other states

The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured here. Photo by Kyle Rush via Flickr Creative Commons.

WASHINGTON – In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by Rhode Island and other states to force cuts in power plant emissions.

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Politics
7:15 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Speaker Fox shakes up staff at State House

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – House Speaker Gordon Fox is shaking up his staff prior to the start of the legislative session.

Fox is firing about 10 State House staffers as part of what his office calls a routine change in administration.

Fox spokesman Larry Berman says Fox didn't have a good chance to make the changes before because he was elected as Speaker last February, in mid-session.

Berman calls the changes part of an ongoing reorganization involving a variety of positions.

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6:46 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Chafee: closing deficit means cuts to govt.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says closing an almost 300 million dollar deficit for the next fiscal year will require significant cuts to state government.


Rhode Island faces a deep deficit for the fiscal year starting next July first due to the loss of federal stimulus money. Chafee says closing that gap will require reductions in spending by many state departments.

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