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5:23 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Compromise Emerges On Minimum Wage

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. 

Committees in both the House and Senate are slated to vote on the new proposal this week. If approved, it will head to the full General Assembly for a vote.  

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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.

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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.
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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.

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RI News
10:18 am
Wed May 27, 2015

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

Artist rendering of proposed baseball stadium

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.

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Local Features
6:19 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Unexpected Gift

It seems almost trite to say that nature is a remarkable teacher.  But that’s okay.  Indeed, nature is a remarkable teacher. All of us can point to lessons nature has taught us about appreciating life’s wonders, managing uncertainty and unpredictability, coping with adversity and accepting that we have so little control over some aspects of our lives. The English poet William Wordsworth wrote in his poem The Tables Turned, “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”  And we hear similar sentiments from Lisa Jacobson.

 

Lisa Jacobson is an artist, gardener, mother and teacher at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts.  She lives with her family in Providence.

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