Scott MacKay Commentary: Should RI Adopt Ranked Choice Voting?

Rhode Island’s last two governors - Lincoln Chafee and Gina Raimondo - were elected with far less than 50 percent of the vote. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Maine may have a better way of electing governors.

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Newport Preservation Society

After Years Of Fighting, Breakers Welcome Center Officially Opens

The controversial new welcome center at the Breakers mansion in Newport opened Thursday, as part of the Newport Preservation Society’s annual meeting. The nonprofit, which runs the Gilded-Age mansion estimated hundreds, including Governor Gina Raimondo, were expected to turn up.

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Officials at T.F.Green Airport in Warwick were awaiting word today on when federal regulators will allow the airport to resume operations. Once the airport opens, long delays are expected. All aiport employees are at work today.

A Newport Superior Court judge has taken no immediate action on a request to order striking teachers in Middletown back to work.

Instead, the judge has scheduled a hearing on Friday. More talks are expected before then. The National Education Association of Rhode Island says the next round of bargaining will be at six o'clock tonight.

Rhode Island government remained open Tuesday, although stepped up security was placed in effect in reaction to apparent terrorist attacks in New York and Washingon D.C.

?There?s nothing known at this time that would make Rhode Island a target of any terrorist activities, but that doesn?t mean we shouldn?t be on alert,? said Governor Lincoln Almond.

Providence – Reporters and photographers at the Providence Journal will not be put their names on their work this week. They are staging a byline and credit strike in another attempt to force more contract negotiations with the newspaper.

State Representative Antonio Pires is accusing House Speaker John Harwood of removing him from his position as chairman of the House Finance Committee to expand his power. In an interview with WRNI's Deborah Becker this morning, Pires dismissed suggestions his possible campaign for governor was the reason for the move. Pires says he refused to resign from the post and that his relationship with Harwood is now strained.

    Providence – The Gravity Games drew large crowds to Providence this week. The crowds were diverse. But the target audience of the games-- young people under 30-- outnumbered others. WRNI's Av Harris has this profile of extreme sport's most dedicated fans.

      Teachers in Narragansett have accepted a one year contract extension. They voted this morning to accept a deal hammered out earlier in the morning. Orientation sessions for teachers were planned today. Classes begin on Tuesday.

      Both sides met Saturday and Sunday, after Washington Superior Court Judge Ronald Gagnon ordered more talks on Friday. Gagnon had indicated he was likely to order teachers back to work, if a deal were not struck.

      Rhode Island has more women than men than any other state in the country, according to U.S. Census data released today.

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