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5:15 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

After two snow-packed months, the apparent settling of the pension conflict, and Lincoln Chafee's surprising emergence as a possible presidential hopeful, Rhode Island confronts a sharp debate involving baseball, public dollars, and the future of the state. No pressure, right? Thanks, as always, for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Pulse
5:08 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Tripling In Teen E-Cigarette Use: Reason To Worry?

At the Providence Place mall, an island displays e-cigarette wares for sale, promoting the benefits for quitting smoking.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the trend in smoking traditional cigarettes among teens is down. That's great news on many levels. But as traditional cigarette smoking has declined, the use of electronic cigarettes has tripled over the past few years.

Wondering whether to worry? Or even what the heck an e-cigarette actually is? I've been combing the latest research to help answer those questions.

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Time For Truly Independent Scrutiny of RI PawSox Deal

The debate over Rhode Island taxpayer support for a new stadium for the PawSox in Providence has started. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay talks about state government’s next move.

Listening to the opening salvos in the Providence stadium debate reminds one of William Faulkner’s dictum about the American South: ``The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.’’

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On Politics
11:57 am
Fri April 17, 2015

RI State Budget Revenues Running Ahead Of Projections

The last budget crafted by former Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration and the General Assembly seems to be holding up fairly well, according to the latest revenue assessment by the Rhode Island  Department of Revenue.

The official state bean-counters say that adjusted total general revenues are up about $61 million more than expected in the current budget year, which ends on June 30. This is good news for a state that has been slowly emerging from the recession.

The 2.6 percent increase in revenues is fueled by increases in the personal income tax and the corporate tax.

RI News
10:38 am
Fri April 17, 2015

RIPTA Unveils Mobile App For Passengers With Disabilities

RIPTA buses at Kennedy Plaza
Credit RIPR FILE

The RIde program offers door to door pickup and drop-off services to about 15-hundred people per day.  

The new cell phone application will allow passengers to track their bus, as it comes to pick them up.  GPS data provides more specific estimated times of arrival. Passengers can also cancel trips via the app.  In total some 12-thousand people rely on the transit authority’s RIde program.

RIPTA recently embarked on a campaign to improve it services… conducting surveys, hosting community meetings, to determine possible changes to bus routes and fares.

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