General Assmebly en 38 Studios Dominates Discussion as House Passes $8.7B Budget <p></p><p>A House vote in favor of a new $8.7 billion budget early Friday was dominated by debate about 38 Studios. The spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 includes $12.3 million dollars to continue paying back investors in the failed video game company.</p><p>Budget articles passed with lopsided margins and mostly no back and forth. Yet an attempt to establish an independent prosecutor to examine how the state bungled into 38 Studios sparked sharp exchanges. Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) argued in favor of the outside probe.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:04:27 +0000 Ian Donnis 35109 at 38 Studios Dominates Discussion as House Passes $8.7B Budget Pawtucket Pit Bull Ban Being Challenged <p>The city of Pawtucket says it will defend its pit bull ban against a lawsuit challenging it.&nbsp; The Pawtucket ban appears to conflict with state law.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:30:35 +0000 Flo Jonic 22686 at Mediation Continues in Unions' Legal Challenge to 2011 Pension Overhaul <p>Mediation will continue in the high-stakes legal challenge <a href="">by a series of public-employee unions </a>to the overhaul of the state pension system that became law in 2011.</p><p>Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is scheduled to get the next update in the case on September 5, according to court spokesman Craig Berke. The hearing will take place in Kent County, since Taft-Carter is being assigned there this fall.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:18:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 19611 at Vandalism Could Become a Felony in Rhode Island <p>Legislation that would create harsher punishments for vandalism in Rhode Island has recently been introduced in the state house.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Sen. Frank Lombardi has seen enough of the costly vandalism that he says, has seen an increase in the past few years.&nbsp;</p><p>For example, the destruction at a Newport cemetery 2 years ago would have cost $125,000 in cleanup and repairs, had it not been for a group of volunteers.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:24:42 +0000 John Bender 12275 at Wednesday, March 20, 2013 <p>Most adults failed a mock NECAP test.&nbsp; Glass could be used as cover material at the state landfill under a proposed bill.&nbsp; 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> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:39:11 +0000 Lydia Rogers 12245 at Straight talk on jobs needed in RI <p>Another week passes with the usual palaver&nbsp; from the Rhode Island political and business elite on economic development. RIPR political&nbsp; analyst Scott MacKay says its time for some changes in the way Rhode Islanders view our state and ourselves.</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:33:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 10088 at Chafee team previews his budget; jobs and competitiveness highlighted <p>Making Rhode Island more competitive and getting Rhode Islanders back to work are central points of Governor Lincoln Chafee's State of the State address tonight.</p><p>Budget staffers and other members of the governor's administration held a background briefing for reporters a short time ago at the Department of Administration building on Smith Hill. The details are embargoed until Chafee begins his speech this evening in the House chamber.</p><p>But in addition to the points in the first sentence of the post, the Chafee administration also plans to emphasize:</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:40:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 8611 at Taveras boosts Fox in home stretch; Binder hammers away on 38 Studios <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is lending another boost to House Speaker Gordon Fox in the closing stretch before Election Day. The popular mayor, who used to share a Dorrance Street&nbsp;law office with Fox,&nbsp;sent this email this morning:</p><blockquote><p>Dear Providence Friends and Neighbors:</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 8549 at In down economy, RI’s net gambling revenue grows by almost 23M over last year <p>No matter that <a href="">casinos are on the horizon </a>in Massachusetts, and Foxwoods <a href=";_r=0">is facing an uncertain future</a>. The Rhode Island Lottery’s latest contribution to the state&nbsp;general fund&nbsp;is $377.7 million,&nbsp;almost $23 million more than the previous year, according to a legislative news release:</p><blockquote><p>Video lottery accounted for $320.8 million or 84% of total gross profit.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9087 at RI Supreme Court denies Tobon’s case in challenge to San Bento <p>On a 3-2 decision, the <a href="">Rhode Island Supreme Court </a>has denied Carlos Tobon’s call for a manual recount following&nbsp;his <a href="">controversial and contested one-vote loss</a> to state Representative William San Bento of Pawtucket.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9098 at