Rhode Island

Environment
11:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Scrap Metal Recycler Scheduled For Court Appearance Tuesday

The scrap metal recycling company on the Providence waterfront that the state is suing for alleged environmental violations, is scheduled to be back in Court later this morning. The Court will issue a few orders.

The state attorney general’s office and the Department of Environmental Management jointly filed a lawsuit against Rhode Island Recycled Metals. These two state agencies are asking the Court to order the company to clean up and recap the scrap metal yard, a former Superfund site.

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Education
10:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

RISD Reaches Deal With Technicians' Union

A RISD technician striking last Thursday in front of the President's office in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Rhode Island school of Design in Providence has reached a contract agreement with the Technicians’ Union.  The union’s 44 members began a public strike last Thursday.

By Friday dozens of students had joined the 44 workers in picket lines around the campus.  RISD’s technicians operate ceramics, metal working, and glass studios, among others.  The Technicians’ union alleged that they get fewer benefits than other faculty, and that RISD walked away from negotiations. School officials say the union rejected the contract they offered.

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Politics
9:27 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Supreme Court Takes Up Case Dealing With Government Transparency

  The state Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case involving police reports from a party hosted by the son of former governor Lincoln Chafee. The case is considered an important test of government transparency.

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Environment
9:21 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Regional Council Makes Case For Clean Energy In Rhode Island

  Executives in the clean energy sector will meet with lawmakers Tuesday at the statehouse to showcase their growing industry. The event is organized by the New England Clean Energy Council. Coordinator Charity Pennock said many lawmakers lack information about what the clean energy industry does.

“So having people come in who are running businesses, who are doing work in the state, really describe what they’re doing and how they’re both developing their companies and participating in the economy is important,” said Pennock.

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Politics
9:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

House Judiciary Committee Set To Take Up Slate Of Bills Tuesday

The House Judiciary Committee is set to take up a slate of legislation Tuesday.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

A House committee is slated to vote Tuesday on several bills filed after a Providence lawmaker was accused of misappropriating campaign funds. One of the bills would require officeholders to file an annual bank statement to back up information on campaign reports.

House Judiciary will also vote on bills calling for separate campaign accounts for public officeholders, and in some cases, for finance reports to be filed by someone other than the officeholder.

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