Rhode Island

Politics
9:06 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor

Buddy Cianci talks with reporters after announcing he's running for mayor of Providence
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After claiming not to have his mind made up before taking to the airwaves for his afternoon talk show, 73-year-old Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. revealed Wednesday he's staging an improbable comeback to become the next mayor of Providence.

Cianci is running as an independent -- the same approach he used during his 1990 return to power  -- in a close three-way race, after having first won office in 1974 as a Republican.

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Politics
12:16 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Several Veterans Bills Make It Through The RI General Assembly

Credit file / RIPR

Several veteran-related bills made it through the General Assembly and are on their way to the governor’s desk. One of those bills gives disabled veterans waivers for classes at state colleges and universities.

Another bill lets honorably discharged veterans and National Guard reservists transfer skills they’ve learned during their service to fulfill requirements for trade apprenticeships.

Lawmakers also passed a resolution urging employers to give veterans who work for them time off on Veteran’s Day.

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RI News
8:59 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Three Confirmed Dead Following Train, Vehicle Collision

Amtrak train station in Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

Authorities have confirmed that three people have died as a result of a train collision with a vehicle in Massachusetts.  There were reports earlier of two dead.

Authorities say two men and one woman were killed after a train struck their vehicle late Sunday night.

The Amtrak train was heading north from Washington D.C. when it hit the vehicle in Mansfield; a town about twenty miles between Providence and Boston. Authorities are still investigating what exactly caused the accident.  Craig Schultz, is a spokesman with Amtrak.

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Economy
9:20 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Advocates Applaud Legislation Protecting Tenants After Foreclosures

Thanks to legislation that passed the General Assembly, banks in Rhode Island will not be able to evict renters in properties they’ve foreclosed on. That is, unless there’s just cause or until the property has been bought by a new owner. Rhode Island Coalition for the homeless head Jim Ryczek said the new law will protect people who might otherwise have nowhere to go.

“When the economy tanked in 2007-2008, the shelter system saw more than a 300 percent rise in the number of people coming in and naming eviction as one of the issues that caused them to be homeless.”

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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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