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10:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time

A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.

Assembling the gun safety task force was one of the few steps taken by the General Assembly in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But all the members weren’t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn’t yet met.

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RI News
10:04 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Eisenhower House Readies For Multi-Million Dollar Makeover

The Eisenhower House near Ft. Adams State Park.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A Newport home that was once the summer residence of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is about to undergo a one-point-six million dollar makeover.

The Eisenhower House on the grounds of Fort Adam State Park will be winterized and become a year-round venue for social and corporate events.  Ron Renaud, director of the state Department of Administration, said the basement is full of telephone cables.

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RI News
9:15 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Affecting Federal Courts in RI

The U.S. Department of Justice is handling the furloughs for Rhode Island DOJ workers.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

State Dems Set to Select David Caprio as Chairman

Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox, has already endorsed David Caprio for chair of the State Democrats.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Democrats plan to make their selection of a new state chairman official this evening Thursday.  Former state rep David Caprio won the backing for the post last month from House Speaker Gordon Fox.

Democrats will hold a state committee meeting this evening to elect Caprio as their new chairman. No other candidates for the volunteer position are expected.

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RI News
4:23 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown

Federal Courts in Rhode Island are feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

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RI News
8:59 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Naval Station Newport Grapples with the Federal Shutdown

Operations at the Naval Station Newport are carrying on without hundreds of civilian workers caught up in the partial government shut down. The Naval Station Newport says about 800 civilians were furloughed. And over at the Naval War College, civilian instructors are staying home Wednesday and throughout the shutdown. Commander Carla McCarthy said that’s forced some classes to be suspended.

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Politics
8:53 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State Republicans Criticize GOP Gun Raffle

Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing plans by the state GOP to raffle off an assault rifle at a fundraiser this weekend. For $5 contestants can enter a raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle.

State Senator Dawson Hodgson, a North Kingstown Republican, calls the raffle, “tone deaf and insensitive, at best.”

Hodgson said raffling off an assault rifle doesn’t encourage the kind of dialogue needed to balance public safety and the rights of a free society.

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RI News
8:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Providence Ban on Flavored Tobacco Upheld by First Circuit Court of Appeals

Providence's ban on flavored tobacco and cigarette coupons that went into effect in January 2013 was affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

The City of Providence said it hopes more municipalities follow its lead and pass ordinances that curb the sale of flavored tobacco products. The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a pair of ordinances banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and some store discounts.

The ban went into effect last January. Peter Asen, director of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office, said it likely contributed to results of a new study showing low rates of smoking in 6th 8th and 12th graders

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Affordable Care Act
4:16 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

RI Health Exchange Gets Off to a Bumpy Start

Operators in Providence took hundreds of calls on the launch day of HealthSource RI.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A crush of users caused the HealthSource RI website to temporarily crash Tuesday morning.  HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s answer to Obamacare, is an online marketplace where uninsured people and small businesses can buy health insurance. 

HealthSource RI received 4,000 calls in the first hour of business.  During that same time frame, 6,000 people were checking out the HealthSource RI website every minute. It was too much for the system to take.

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Affordable Care Act
11:16 am
Tue October 1, 2013

HealthSource RI Launches in the Ocean State

Sec. of Health Steven Constantino, HealthSourceRI Director Christine Ferguson and Gov. Lincoln Chafee roll out the exchange's advertising campaign.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance exchange goes online Tuesday. The state is operating its own exchange, offering plans for both uninsured residents and small businesses. Enrollment starts today, with coverage kicking in January 1st. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with the director of HealthSource RI, Christine Ferguson, about what Rhode Islanders can expect when they log on to the exchange.

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