General Assmebly http://ripr.org en Pawtucket Pit Bull Ban Being Challenged http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org Mediation Continues in Unions' Legal Challenge to 2011 Pension Overhaul http://ripr.org/post/mediation-continues-unions-legal-challenge-2011-pension-overhaul <p>Mediation will continue in the high-stakes legal challenge <a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/walsh-unions-want-to-stop-the-pension-overhaul-and-then-maybe-talk/">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 http://ripr.org Vandalism Could Become a Felony in Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/vandalism-could-become-felony-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 http://ripr.org Wednesday, March 20, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/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="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%2020%20March%202013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:39:11 +0000 Lydia Rogers 12245 at http://ripr.org Straight talk on jobs needed in RI http://ripr.org/post/straight-talk-jobs-needed-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 http://ripr.org Chafee team previews his budget; jobs and competitiveness highlighted http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org Taveras boosts Fox in home stretch; Binder hammers away on 38 Studios http://ripr.org/post/taveras-boosts-fox-home-stretch-binder-hammers-away-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 http://ripr.org In down economy, RI’s net gambling revenue grows by almost 23M over last year http://ripr.org/post/down-economy-ri-s-net-gambling-revenue-grows-almost-23m-over-last-year <p>No matter that <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/specials/casino/">casinos are on the horizon </a>in Massachusetts, and Foxwoods <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/magazine/mike-sokolove-foxwood-casinos.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_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 http://ripr.org RI Supreme Court denies Tobon’s case in challenge to San Bento http://ripr.org/post/ri-supreme-court-denies-tobon-s-case-challenge-san-bento <p>On a 3-2 decision, the <a href="http://www.courts.ri.gov/courts/supremecourt/default.aspx">Rhode Island Supreme Court </a>has denied Carlos Tobon’s call for a manual recount following&nbsp;his <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/7057/0/1947200/Politics/ACLU.asks.for.court.help.in.historically.close.election.result">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 http://ripr.org Schillings use Facebook to fire back, unload on Rhode Island officials http://ripr.org/post/schillings-use-facebook-fire-back-unload-rhode-island-officials <p>Despite repeated and sustained requests for interviews&nbsp;from a bevy of Rhode Island news organizations, Curt Schilling and his wife Shonda continue to utilize Facebook to fire back at reports emanating from the Ocean State.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9759 at http://ripr.org