News

Pages

Health Care
8:56 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Public Hearing Set For Controversial 'Right To Die' Legislation

Secular and religious factions are forming over proposed “right to die” legislation making its way through the Senate. A hearing on the proposed bill is slated for Thursday. The proposed legislation would allow terminally ill, mentally sound patients to end their lives with the help of a physician.

The Rhode Island Catholic Conference is a vocal critic of the legislation, saying it violates the sanctity of life.

Read more
RI News
5:23 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Compromise Emerges On Minimum Wage Hike

Lawmakers are proposing an minimum wage increase from $9/hour to $9.60.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Lawmakers in Rhode Island's House and Senate labor committees are considering a compromise this week that would increase the state's minimum wage.  But the proposed 60-cent wage hike is less than what some lawmakers had hoped to see. 

Currently, Rhode Island's minimum wage is $9 an hour. The original bill would have hiked the wage to $10.10 as of 2016.  The bill now calls for an increase to $9.60 per hour.

Read more
On Politics
5:19 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Lucchino, Guardedly, Says PawSox are Pursuing Renegotiation for Providence Ballpark

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

As one of the most recognized figures in Major League Baseball, Larry Lucchino has enjoyed exhilarating peaks -- like the Boston Red Sox' remarkable post-season triumph in 2004.

Read more
On Politics
1:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Raimondo Unveils $1.1 Billion Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Raimondo speaks while joined by legislative leaders and other officials.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Standing under a decaying highway overpass in Olneyville, Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday unveiled a plan to improve Rhode Island's crumbling bridges by imposing a yet-to-be determined charge on large commercial trucks.

The plan calls for a $700 million bond issue, to be included as part of the budget for the next fiscal year, to jump-start transit-related construction work. To the delight of unionized workers in attendance, Raimondo characterized the initiative -- dubbed "Rhode Works" -- as a measure that will improve infrastructure while creating construction jobs.

Read more
RI News
10:18 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Pawtucket Mayor Calls On PawSox Ownership To Share Study Outlining Stadium Costs

McCoy Stadium, the current home of the PawSox in Pawtucket. The city's mayor, Donald Grebien, is fighting to keep the team in the city.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien is asking again for a copy of a study outlining the cost of potential improvements to McCoy Stadium.

In a letter to PawSox co-owner Larry Lucchino, Grebien said news reports have put the cost of renovating McCoy at $65 million. Grebien said the information used to arrive at that figure should be made public. He said the details would be useful to lawmakers and citizens as they consider a new ballpark proposal for the PawSox.

Read more

Pages