Rhode Island

RI News
10:56 am
Thu June 19, 2014

No Criminal Charges To Be Filed Against The Central Coventry Fire District

The Rhode Island State Police and the Attorney General have concluded their investigation into beleaguered Central Coventry fire district.  There are no pending criminal charges.

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Health Care
9:23 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Looking At Next Year's Changes To The State's Health Insurance Landscape

Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

How much will health insurance cost you next year? Well, you’ll find out soon. Health insurers have submitted their plans for next year, including how much they want to charge customers and what benefits those plans will include.

In Rhode Island, it’s the office of the health insurance commissioner that reviews those plans and decides whether to approve or reject them, or ask for some changes.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

General Assembly Races Through A Flurry Of Legislation As Session Draws To Close

The Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit RIPR FILE

The House and Senate passed scores of bills Wednesday as the General Assembly raced to finish its session. The measures moving forward include the repeal of the master lever.

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Health Care
9:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

New England Governors Gather To Tackle Growing Drug Abuse Epidemic

Oxycodone, one of the prescription drugs that is leading the regional epidemic of abuse.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

New England governors met this Tuesday, in a one-hour closed session to discuss the region’s response to opioid problem.

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RI News
8:58 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Injured Circus Performers Plan To File Lawsuit

Circus trucks parked outside the Dunkin' Donuts center following the accident in May.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Four of the eight acrobats injured in a hair-hanging circus accident are filing a lawsuit.  They’re all still dealing with injuries and some may never walk again.

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Politics
8:50 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Republican Candidates For Governor Trade Jabs During First Televised Debate

Republican gubernatorial candidate sparred with fellow candidate Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at their first televised debate.
Credit RIPR FILE

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block touted his status as a political outsider, while GOP rival Allan Fung used a televised debate Tuesday to highlight his experience as the mayor of Cranston. The forum was sponsored by the Providence Journal and Channel 12.

Fung and Block each argued that their separate backgrounds make them qualified to put Rhode Island on a stronger path to the future. Block said his business experience and distance from politics makes him the better choice.

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Education
8:59 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Special Education Program Brings Kids Back To Their Classrooms

Special education teacher Brenda Pacheco reads to students in a Bradley classroom in Middletown
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Schools in Rhode Island spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on special education, a broad category that includes physical and learning disabilities, emotional problems and autism.

Right now, the students needing the most attention are often sent to special schools, but a growing program from Bradley Hospital shows promise in reducing the cost of special education by keeping more students in their own school districts, in their own schools.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

RI Senate Passes State Budget; Awaits Governor's Approval

Senate Finance chairman Daniel DaPonte during the budget discussion.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he plans to sign into law the $8.7 billion budget passed Monday by the Rhode Island Senate. Senators took less than an hour to passing the spending plan on a 32-to-five vote.

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Politics
9:16 am
Mon June 16, 2014

RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget

The Senate is expected to approve the state's $8.7 billion dollar budget.
Credit RIPR FILE

The state Senate is expected Monday to approve a new budget for the fiscal year starting July first.  The House of Representatives passed the spending plan early last Friday morning.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rhode Island Receives $7.5 Million For Sandy Cleanup

Rhode Island is receiving more federal funding to continue cleanup efforts started after Superstorm Sandy. The money will also be used to prepare the state for future storms and the effects climate change.

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