Rhode Island

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Newport could become the second municipality to ban plastic shopping bags in the Ocean State. An ordinance is working its way through the city council.

Newport Councilman John Florez introduced the measure Wednesday, which would phase out the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and other shops in the city.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about the heightened focus on good government, the outlook for improving Rhode Island's economy, and efforts to improve the skills of Rhode Island workers.

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Rhode Island ranks among the bottom for affordable rents nationwide. That’s according to a new report out from the National Low Income Housing Coalition – a D.C. based housing advocacy group.

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless director Jim Ryczek said it takes nearly double the state’s minimum wage to comfortably afford the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment.

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Religious leaders, members of the African-American community and elected officials gathered in Cranston Wednesday to condemn swastikas spray-painted at a recreation facility.

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Two state lawmakers added their voice against a proposed power plant in Burrillville at a third public hearing for the project Monday.

State Sen. Paul Fogarty and Rep. Cale Keable were among more than 30 people who testified before the state board reviewing the power plant proposal. Two local residents yielded their time to speak to the lawmakers.   

Fogarty said in all his years as senator, he has never seen such opposition to a project from his constituents. 

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This year’s Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievements in the Arts were presented to Trinity Rep's former artistic director Oskar Eustis and his wife Laurie at Salve Regina University in Newport Monday.

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A Providence lawmaker has withdrawn a bill that would have provided explicit protections for transgender people to use public bathrooms. State Representative Edith Ajello said the state’s current law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity provides enough protection for transgender people. 

Ajello said she came to the conclusion after speaking with local LGBT advocates, and seeing the letter from the Obama Administration directing schools to allow students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

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New immigrants can find it difficult to navigate the complex American school system, and it's even trickier when language and culture separate you from other parents, teachers, and administrators.

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The House Finance Committee plans this Tuesday to begin a series of hearings on community service grants.

Mayor Elorza Announces 2016 PVD Fest Lineup

May 16, 2016
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Mayor Jorge Elorza announced the lineup for this year’s PVD Fest, renamed from last year’s Providence International Arts Festival, Monday.

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  Four years after exiting bankruptcy, Central Falls may be able to lower property taxes. The decrease is part of the 2017 budget plan released Thursday by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. If approved it would be the first property tax cut in a decade.

After exiting receivership in 2012, Central Falls had to follow a strict financial path toward solvency. The plan dictated an annual four percent property tax increase over five years. But this new budget proposal includes a 3.4 percent property tax cut; the reduction comes a full year earlier than expected.

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  Trinity Rep has chosen the great 1943 musical “Oklahoma!” to close its season. 

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Municipal officials called Monday for the General Assembly to allow cities and towns to pursue a step toward regionalization. Years of talk about regionalizing services have yielded little progress.

Municipal leaders are pressing for passage of a bill allowing the creation of regional districts for dispatching police and fire services. Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, a former Cumberland mayor, said the statewide savings would be significant.

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