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8:03 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Still Winter

Nature can teach us so much about our world, about its glory and its anguish.  In nature we find so many lessons about hardiness, resilience, triumph and, yes, destruction and death.  The British poet William Wordsworth captured this sentiment in one line of his profound 18th-century poem entitled The Tables Turned: “Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.”  And that’s what we hear from Meghan Elizabeth Kallman.
 

Meghan Elizabeth Kallman is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Brown University. She is a musician, a climate activist, co-founder of the Prison Op/Ed Project, and teaches at the Rhode Island state prison.

The Pulse
5:04 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Debating The Data On Medicaid Spending

Is Rhode Island spending more than other states caring for the elderly? Or not enough?

That's a question that's come up for debate at the recent "Reinventing Medicaid" town hall meetings around the state, and in statements from groups with a stake in the outcome of Gov. Gina Raimondo's plans to trim nearly $180 million dollars in state (and federal) Medicaid spending.

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Transportation
8:37 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gas Prices Sink Slightly In RI, Unchanged In MA

Prices at the pump are below the national average in both RI and MA.
Credit RIPR FILE

As the weather warms up, gas prices are down in the state.  A gallon of regular unleaded is down four cents from last week.

That puts the price at $2.36 per gallon.  The current price is six cents lower than the national average.  A year ago the price for the same gallon of regular unleaded was $1.23 cents higher. 

To the north, gas prices in Massachusetts remain unchanged from last week. Regular unleaded will set you back $2.32 cents per gallon in the Bay State.  That’s ten cents less than the national average.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Hearings On Gov. Raimondo's Proposed Budget Set To Begin

Hearings on the proposed state budget are set to begin Tuesday at the Statehouse.
Credit RIPR FILE

Legislative finance committees are set to start holding hearings Tuesday on details of Governor Gina Raimondo’s first budget. The governor’s spending plan has attracted both praise and criticism.

The House and Senate finance committees stage weeks of hearings to review different aspects of the annual budget. Supporters and opponents of different programs turn out to testify, in an attempt to sway lawmakers.

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RI News
3:44 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Court Halts Effort To Void Licenses For Bar Implicated In Corruption Scandal

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city is asking the judge to lift a stay on efforts to void licenses for the Shark Bar and Grille.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A legal maneuver has blocked, at least temporarily, the City of Providence’s attempt to wipe out business permits for the Shark Bar and Grille.

The city targeted the Thayer Street establishment because of bribes paid to former House Speaker Gordon Fox.

The Superior Court has appointed a receiver for the bar, following a request from the bar’s owners.

The move means the judge is in control of the bar for now, and the city License Board can’t go after the permits. 

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RI News
3:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Broadcasters Ask Judge To Lift Gag Order In Pension Case

Saying the gag order interferes with news organizations' efforts to inform the public, the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association has called on Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to lift the order.

The gag order prevents parties to the pension lawsuit from discussing details of a proposed settlement, which is already being voted on by union members and retirees.

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Education
3:19 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

New Task Force Aims To Stem Campus Sexual Assault In RI

Gov. Gina Raimondo addresses the crowd at the press conference announcing a task force to address sexual assaults on college campuses statewide.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Local leaders have announced the launch of a statewide task force to deal with sexual assaults on college campuses. The issue has been getting increased national attention in recent years.

The task force is comprised of local law enforcement, medical professionals, and representatives from Rhode Island colleges and universities.  They’re tasked with developing new policies to better handle sexual assaults involving college students.  Often, colleges deal with sexual assault internally, and law enforcement is not involved unless a victim wishes to press charges.

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On Politics
2:33 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Taveras lands at Boston office of large international law firm

Former Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has landed at the international law firm of Greenberg Trauig, LLC, where he works out of the Boston office.

Taveras says he enjoys his new job with the large firm. The Boston office is located at One International Place in Boston.

The firm’s web site states that Taveras has a practice focused on municipal restructuring (a field he had lots of experience in during four years as mayor of Rhode Island’s capital); public finance; commercial litigation; pension litigation and public infrastructure.

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Local Features
4:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

PawSox President James Skeffington On The Case For A Providence Ballpark

New PawSox owner, Jim Skeffington
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox is expected to unveil a formal proposal next month for a new ballpark in Providence. James Skeffington is the president of the new ownership group. The 72-year-old lawyer and longtime Providence power broker says moving the PawSox to a parcel of former highway land would complement efforts to develop the area.

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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On Sports
5:40 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Private Schools Have The Edge In High School Championships, But Only Slightly

  Catholic schools won eight of 11 winter sports championships in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, proving once again that public schools do not stand a chance in this state, right?  Catholic and private schools should compete in their own league, right?

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