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4:51 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Talk about a full Rhode Island. Gordon Fox pleads guilty, Gerry Martineau wants his legislative pension, the state Supreme Court green-lights an April start for the pension trial, and Governor Gina Raimondo is set to unveil her first budget on Thursday. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
2:57 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Raimondo's Budget Challenges and Secrecy

Gov. Gina Raimondo is scheduled to release her first state budget Thursday.  RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay talks about what to watch for.

There is that ancient Statehouse cliché: If you want to figure out what a governor’s  priorities are, check out the budget. Rhode Islanders get their first look at what our new governor, Gina Raimondo, values when she releases her spending and taxing plan for state government on Thursday.

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Environment
1:58 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

State Suing Rhode Island Recycled Metals For Alleged Pollution Of Narragansett Bay

The view of Providence, from the industrial working on Allens Avenue, where Rhode Island Recycled Metals is located.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The state is suing a scrap metal yard on the Providence waterfront, at the upper Narragansett Bay, for alleged environmental violations.  This is not the first time the company has come under fire.

Back in 2012, the Department of Environmental Management, notified Rhode Island Recycled Metals, it was violating numerous rules on water pollution.  The state worked with the company on a plan to solve the issues.  But more than 2 years later, the DEM says the company still hasn’t cleaned up. DEM director Janet Coit says she’s taking them to court.

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Business
9:50 am
Fri March 6, 2015

The Bottom Line: Deepwater Wind CEO On Financing For Block Island Wind Farm

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark get an update on the Block Island Wind Farm project with Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski.

hen to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org  

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Political Roundtable
9:33 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Chippendale on 38 Studios, School Choice, Budget Cuts & More

State Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) joined Bonus Q+A this week to discuss 38 Studios, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, the outlook for cutting the state budget, and much more.

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Politics
9:25 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Bill To Tamp Down On Corruption Not Enough According To Good Government Group

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has introduced a bill to tamp down on corruption, but good government group, Common Cause of RI, says more needs to be done.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The non-partisan good government group Common Cause isn’t satisfied with a reform measure backed by House leaders in the aftermath of Gordon Fox’s guilty plea earlier this year.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says it makes sense for officeholders to file their bank statements for their campaign accounts with the state agency that monitors campaign spending.

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Health Care
9:01 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Lawmakers Try Again To Legalize Marijuana

Cannabis plant
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Rhode Island lawmakers have once again introduced legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Proponents want to tax and regulate the drug like alcohol.

Lawmakers have been trying to pass marijuana legalization laws for years. This time they can point to the experiences of several other states that have already passed such laws. The Senate bill would make it legal for anyone 21 and older to have up to an ounce of pot, or grow a couple of plants at home. It would also allow retailers to sell marijuana, as long as they include a safety warning.

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Health Care
7:48 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Researchers Launch Clinical Trial For New Alzheimer's Treatment

Researchers are launching a new clinical trial for treatments that could prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The trial is one of many Alzheimer's-related projects underway in the Ocean State.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Political Roundtable: Chippendale On Gordon Fox, How to Fight Corruption & Raimondo-Mattiello Spat

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Gordon Fox's guilty plea on corruption charges; who wasn't charged; how the state might do better in fighting corruption; and the recent spat between Governor Gina Raimondo and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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RI News
3:46 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Liberians In Rhode Island Cheer News Of Country's Last Ebola Patient

Reverend Matthew Kai leads the primarily Liberian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Members of Rhode Island’s Liberian community are cheering news that the last Ebola patient in Liberia has been released. But many remain concerned about the future of Liberia.

Matthew Kai is the leader of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Providence.  His congregation is primarily Liberian.  Kai led them through months of anxiety at the height of the Ebola outbreak.  He says things have quieted down since then… but now he fears world aid will evaporate

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