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Due to uncertainty about whether the proposed PawSox stadium will get a vote in the House of Representatives, the leadership of the Rhode Island Construction Building Trades Council has suggested that its members avoid House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's first-of-the-season fundraiser on Wednesday.

Five Years Later, Police Examine Lessons From Newtown

Jan 12, 2018
Mark Barden

Connecticut state police have released a 74-page critique of their emergency response to the 2012 school shooting in Newtown. Twenty-six students and educators were killed in the shooting. 

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A new dispute between the leadership of the Rhode Island House and the state Senate became public Friday, with Senate President Dominick Ruggerio accusing House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello of obstructing the Senate’s operations.

The Senate leadership said it's considering taking the issue to court.

The passing of Sister Ann Keefe, who died on January 18, 2015, was a great loss to the Rhode Island Community.

St. Michael’s Parish will hold a Memorial Mass for Sr. Ann at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, January 21st at St. Michael’s Church at 260 St. Ann Keefe Way (Oxford Street) Providence.

Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, one of Rhode Island’s top tourist destinations, surpassed one million tours in 2017 for the second consecutive year.

Trudy Coxe, CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the mansions,  says the success of the mansion tours shows that people care about historic preservation and “care about keeping America’s heritage alive.”

In the September and October, the Newport mansions ere the most visited in New England, drawing more to tours than even the largest Boston museums.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with with an assault by intruders at a Providence high school.

Police said the 15-year-old and another young man were let into the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex through a side entrance on Wednesday and attempted to rob a student.

One of the young men hit the student in the head with a handgun, police said, before fleeing the building.

Ian Donnis

Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook in the House for the PawSox stadium proposal, and how the state might find the money to close its latest budget deficits.

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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his political future, possible steps to improve the state's business climate, the outlook for a bill to legalize abortion rights in Rhode Island, Gov. Raimondo's approval rating, and more.

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Brown University and a California for-profit hospital chain announced Thursday plans to make a rival bid for Rhode Island’s second-largest health system, Care New England.

The Ivy League university’s partnership with Prospect Medical Holdings comes as Care New England is negotiating a sale to the Boston-based Partners HealthCare.  

Join us for a public forum on January 18th, 6:30 PM

'64 Hall in the Slavin Center at Providence College (map)

RIPR will record the forum for broadcast on Friday, January 19th at 8:00 PM.

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Flooding during last week's snowstorm was nowhere near as extreme in Rhode Island and the South Coast as it was in areas like Boston, Scituate and Marshfield. But why? 


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Two private foundations announced Thursday donations totaling $95,000 to support Rhode Island’s efforts to expand the state’s foster care system.

Providence Public Schools

A student at Providence's Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex was assaulted on Wednesday morning, after another student allowed intruders to enter the building through a side door, the district said.

Lynch & Pine

William Lynch, a longtime former chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, is considering running for the District 8 state Senate left vacant by the resignation Tuesday of James E. Doyle II, Rhode Island Public Radio has learned.

Doyle, a Democrat first elected in 2004, said he was stepping down due to a personal struggle with alcohol.

Matthew Fecteau, who came close to defeating Doyle in 2016, has already announced a campaign for the Pawtucket-based Senate seat.

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On an 8-to-1 vote, the Rhode Island Senate's Finance Committee approved legislation that would use public financing to help build a new PawSox stadium in downtown Pawtucket, although the proposal's outlook in the House remains far from certain.

The vote, with Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry) voting in opposition, took place after supporters and opponents aired familiar arguments for a bit more than an hour.

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