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9:50 am
Fri March 6, 2015

The Bottom Line: Deepwater Wind Gets Key Financing For Block Island Project

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.

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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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On Politics
1:57 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

RI Supreme Court Decides Not to Delay April 20 Start for Pension Trial

Raimondo spearheaded the pension overhaul in 2011.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

The high-stakes legal battle over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system will continue as scheduled on April 20. The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by both sides to delay the trial.

Both sides argued more time was needed to prepare for the trial. But the court was unmoved by those arguments.

"The motions for a stay of the order of the trial justice are denied as moot," the court wrote in its ruling.

Jury selection in the case is expected to start April 20.

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Environment
9:18 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Trash Incineration Debate Emerges Again

Credit Flo Jonic

  Lawmakers have put the breaks on legislation that could put trash incineration on the table at the Central Landfill. A committee voted to hold the bill for further study. The bill would remove language in a law that bans the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation from including incineration in its statewide trash management plan. It would also remove any references to the high costs of incineration. This is the latest attempt to remove a ban on trash incineration.

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The Education Blog
9:05 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Charter School Supporters Rally At Statehouse

Supporters of charter schools in Rhode Island gathered to demonstrate in the Statehouse rotunda Wednesday.
Credit RIPR

Charter school advocates packed the statehouse rotunda Wednesday to urge lawmakers to continue their support for charter schools. 

    

A statehouse panel is considering changes that could decrease funding for charter schools. Jeremy Chiappetta from Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy said families should have choices when it comes to public school.

“We are looking to continue to grow a high quality public school sector that includes charter schools, state run schools, independent schools and certainly traditional public schools,.” Chiappetta said.

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