Jessica Ahlquist en Ahlquist to Receive Award at Playboy Mansion <p>The Rhode Island student who successfully challenged a prayer banner in Cranston public schools is getting an award from Hugh Hefner.</p><p>Jessica Ahlquist will receive a Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award at the playboy mansion in Beverly Hills. Ahlquist writes on her Facebook page that she is honored to be chosen but adds she is not expecting to meet Hugh Hefner in person. She says his daughter Christie Hefner will attend the ceremony, where Ahlquist will receive a plaque and $5,000.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 13:49:29 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 14861 at Friday, February 1, 2013 <p>A new poll shows less than half the state approves of the job being done by Governor Lincoln Chafee.&nbsp; A Cranston Florist is being sued for discrimination. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:45:12 +0000 Lydia Rogers 9599 at Atheist group sues Cranston florist over denied flower delivery <p>An atheist group out of Wisconsin is suing a Cranston florist for refusing to deliver flowers to Jessica Ahlquist. The flowers were to congratulate the Cranston West High School student for winning a lawsuit that removed a prayer banner from the school’s auditorium.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:45:15 +0000 Catherine Welch 9563 at Atheist group sues Cranston florist over denied flower delivery