Newtown CT en Updating School Security <p>Rhode Island's Department of Education says it has reviewed school safety plans from every district in the state, after legislation passed in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings.</p><p>RIDE Spokesman Elliot Krieger says there was a fairly wide range of quality among the plans.</p><p>In the year since the Newtown tragedy, RIDE has worked with the State Department of Emergency Management on recommendations for school districts to beef up their security procedures. The Rhode Island Association of School Committees says they are reviewing the report. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:02:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 26700 at Exeter Recall Highlights Opposition to Changing RI Gun Laws <p></p><p>Voters in Exeter will go to the polls this Saturday to decide whether to keep or kick out four of the five members on the town council. The recall election was sparked by a request from four councilors who voted to ask the General Assembly to change how gun permits are issued in Exeter. Although the legislature never took up the request, advocates for gun rights responded by organizing the recall. The fight in Exeter shows how attempts to change local gun laws face sharp opposition.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 25999 at Exeter Recall Highlights Opposition to Changing RI Gun Laws Do RI lawmakers care about gun carnage? <p>In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.</p><p>After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:58:29 +0000 Scott MacKay 23451 at Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time <p>A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.</p><p></p><p>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&rsquo;t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn&rsquo;t yet met.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:14:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 22640 at Making Schools Safer <p>The Obama Administration has released new advice about <a href="" target="_blank">school safety procedures</a> in the wake of the mass shooting at Newtown Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:13:16 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18110 at School Safety Returns to Spotlight <p>Rhode Island lawmakers will consider legislation Wednesday aimed at increasing safety measures in public schools. The bills, now in the House and Senate Education Committees, would require school and law enforcement officials to work together to look for weaknesses in building security and craft new school safety plans.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:48:26 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 12981 at Plans for Safety Upgrade at North Providence Schools <p>The town of North Providence is planning a major upgrade to school security. It’s the result of the schoolroom massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:54:10 +0000 Flo Jonic 11707 at Plans for Safety Upgrade at North Providence Schools NRA Answers Questions From RI Lawmakers <p>A National Rifle Association lobbyist says Rhode Island already has enough laws to prosecute gun-related crimes.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:27:51 +0000 Ian Donnis 11095 at NRA Answers Questions From RI Lawmakers Senate committee to review school safety <p>School safety procedures&nbsp;dominate the agenda today at the State Senate Education Committee. Lawmakers say&nbsp;the discussion&nbsp;will feature&nbsp;State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, State Police Superintendent Col. Steven O'Donnell and officials from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.</p><p>The oversight hearing follows the shooting last month at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school that left 26 students and teachers dead.</p><p>Connecticut’s legislature is also slated to review school safety standards in the wake of the tragedy.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:48:12 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8981 at Dooley disassociates URI from tweets made by history professor <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">In a statement dated yesterday and released to the media today, University of Rhode Island president David Dooley has disassociated the university from<a data-mce-="" href="http:// Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:29:41 +0000 Ian Donnis 4725 at