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1:19 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

RI Supreme Court Dismisses Narragansett Tribe Challenge To RI Casino Law

In the never ending casino legal joust between the state and the Narragansett Indian Tribe, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of the state Casino Act.

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On Politics
11:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Twin River Buying Newport Grand; Vows No Ballot Question for Table Games in 2016

Credit RIPR file photo

The operator of Twin River is buying Newport Grand while vowing not to seek the addition of table games at Newport "without broad-based community support."

"For the time being, I think it's safe to say it's pretty much business as usual from a Newport Grand perspective, but with the added benefit of having Twin River as a sister property," John E. Taylor Jr., board chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, the parent of Twin River and Twin River Management Group, said in a telephone interview.

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Local Features
7:18 am
Wed March 4, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Leadership

All of us have discovered how valuable skilled leadership is in our lives, whether from wise parents, gifted bosses, or anyone else who led some task of which we’ve been a part.  Of course, not all leaders have the right stuff, but when they do their guidance can be magical.  The scholar Joseph Badaracco wrote a wonderful book entitled Leading Quietly.  Jennifer Bristol talks about some powerful metaphors that inspire her quiet leadership.

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The Pulse
6:30 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Medicaid Faces Challenges Nationwide, But Few States Cutting Benefits

A working group appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo has just held its first meeting. Their task: to reinvent Medicaid, the state’s health insurance program for the poor. That means finding ways to cut costs as well as improve quality.

It’s a task many other states have taken on. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay spoke with Medicaid policy analyst Laura Snyder from The Kaiser Family Foundation to find out what other states are doing. Snyder said they’re not necessarily cutting benefits.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Gordon Fox: Financial Problems at the Apex of Political Power in RI

Fox in January 2014, two months before a state-federal raid.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Former House speaker Gordon Fox faces at least three years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to three charges of corruption. The details in the case became public almost one year after a state-federal raid triggered Fox’s departure as House speaker.

 Fox’s lawyer, William Murphy, stood next to his client on the grey stone steps of the federal courthouse in what’s become a Rhode Island political ritual – a perp walk for another politician facing corruption charges. Murphy points out his client chose to plead guilty.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

RI Politicians React To Fox Plea Deal

Gordon Fox faced reporters on the steps of the federal courthouse following his arraignment on three counts of corruption.
Credit John Bender

Reactions have been swift to news that Former House Speaker Gordon Fox pleaded guilty to three felony charges.

The charges include one count of bribery and one count of misusing campaign funds.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison reports on reaction from both sides of the aisle.

Calling it a "sad chapter" in Rhode Island Politics, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said in a brief statement, "there is no place for public corruption."

A Democrat, Mattiello took over after Fox resigned as speaker, following raids on his home and Statehouse office.

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On Politics
3:24 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Fox Broke Statehouse Iron Rule

Gordon Fox on leaves U.S. District court following his arraignment Tuesday.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Former House Speaker Gordon Fox has admitted that he violated the law by converting campaign money to personal use and accepting a bribe to wire a liquor license for a Thayer Street bar that the neighbors weren’t  too keen on having near their homes.

But in Rhode Island political circles, the biggest rule he broke was the iron, if unofficial, Statehouse cliché: Don’t take a dime while you are serving in the General Assembly. Then cash in for as much as you can make later.

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Health Care
3:14 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Alexander-Scott Nominated To Lead Health Dept.

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, left, is Gov. Gina Raimondo's pick for the state's top public health post.
Credit Office of Gov. Gina Raimondo

Gov. Gina Raimondo has nominated a new leader for the state Dept. of Health.

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott is currently Consultant Medical Director for the state health department’s division of infectious diseases, focusing on HIV and AIDS, viral hepatitis, and other infections. She’s a board-certified specialist in infectious disease in both children and adults. Alexander-Scott is also on the faculty of Brown University’s medical school. She studied medicine at the State University of New York Upstate Medical School and received a Masters in Public Health from Brown.

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The Pulse
12:25 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Group To "Reinvent" Medicaid Kicks Off

Elisabeth Roberts, head of the Exec. Office of Health and Human Services, shows the Governor's Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid the key drivers behind the high cost of health care.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s working group to "reinvent Medicaid" convened for the first time Monday night. The group’s task is to find savings and rein in spending to help close the state’s budget deficit.  Executive Office of Health and Human Services head Elizabeth Roberts highlighted some of the toughest financial challenges.

“Seven percent of Medicaid members, people we’re currently serving, are about 66 percent of our costs," said Roberts. "That is a truly jaw-dropping number.”

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On Politics
11:33 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Former Speaker Gordon Fox Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Wire Fraud & Filing a False Tax Return

Fox, right, with his lawyer and predecessor as speaker, William Murphy.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Almost one year after a state-federal raid that sparked the sudden end of his political career, former House Speaker Gordon Fox is facing a three-year prison sentence as the result of an investigation charging him with bribery, wire fraud, and filing a false tax return.

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