News http://ripr.org en Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-de-ramel-lobbyists-newport-grand-race-governor <p></p><p>Democratic secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; disclosure shortcomings involving lobbyists; the Democratic race for governor; and other issues.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36517 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor Bonus Q&A: de Ramel on His Run for Secretary of State & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-de-ramel-his-run-secretary-state-more <p>Democratic secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel joined Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his run campaign and a host of related issues, including business regulation, early voting, and how to encourage more political competition.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36532 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Ranks In Top Tier Among Atlantic States In Offshore Wind Energy Development http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-ranks-top-tier-among-atlantic-states-offshore-wind-energy-development <p>Rhode Island and Massachusetts are leaders among East Coast states in the race to advance offshore wind energy development. That’s according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Rachel Bloom 36540 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Ranks In Top Tier Among Atlantic States In Offshore Wind Energy Development Owner Charged Under New RI Law For Leaving Dog In Car http://ripr.org/post/owner-charged-under-new-ri-law-leaving-dog-car <p>The black poodle left in a car in Johnston is in good condition and recovering at the Rhode Island SPCA.</p><p>The dog’s owner is the first to be charged under a new law making it a misdemeanor to leave animals inside vehicles on extremely hot or cold days.&nbsp; Owners caught leaving a pet in the car face up to a year in prison, $1,000 fine, or both.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:03:13 +0000 Catherine Welch 36539 at http://ripr.org Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI http://ripr.org/post/where-aca-dollars-have-flowed-ri <p>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have announced the second round of Health Care Innovation awards. These are big grants for projects that are trying to reduce the cost of health care and/or improve care delivery, often for some of the sickest or most complicated patients.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:24:10 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36528 at http://ripr.org Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks http://ripr.org/post/providence-considers-smoking-ban-public-parks <p>Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks.&nbsp; The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.</p><p></p><p>City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco.&nbsp; Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:42:22 +0000 Molly Malinowski 36509 at http://ripr.org Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive http://ripr.org/post/bills-signed-aimed-making-twin-river-more-competitive <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee signed several bills designed to attract more gamblers to Twin River Casino.&nbsp; The Lincoln casino is one of two in Rhode Island, and the only one with table games.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:21:42 +0000 John Bender 36508 at http://ripr.org Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive How Rhode Island Is Doing In The Fight Against Lead Paint Poisoning http://ripr.org/post/how-rhode-island-doing-fight-against-lead-paint-poisoning <p>The U.S. outlawed lead paint in 1978. Yet it still covers the walls of many older homes, particularly here in the northeast. When that paint chips or peels, it poses a serious danger especially to kids. But in 2005, Rhode Island passed a law requiring some landlords to clean up lead paint. And a group of researchers recently set out to find out if it’s working. Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatrician and Brown University school of public health associate professor doctor Patrick Vivier is one of those researchers. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:45:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36506 at http://ripr.org How Rhode Island Is Doing In The Fight Against Lead Paint Poisoning Providence Police: Overnight Shooting Could Be Gang-Related http://ripr.org/post/providence-police-overnight-shooting-could-be-gang-related <p>Providence police say they believe Tuesday night’s shooting was targeted. Five people were injured, one seriously during the overnight shooting.</p><p></p><p>Providence Police Major David Lapatin said it’s unclear exactly what happened, but there was a party and people hanging around outside in the Chad Brown neighborhood when shots were fired, possibly from a moving vehicle.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:51:21 +0000 Catherine Welch 36468 at http://ripr.org Taveras Calls Teacher Firings a "Mistake" http://ripr.org/post/taveras-calls-teacher-firings-mistake <p>Speaking Tuesday night at a special edition of RIPR's Political Roundtable, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said he made "a very public mistake" when he fired every Providence public school teacher early on in his tenure as mayor.</p><p>At the time, Taveras said the firings would give the city flexibility in the midst of a financial crisis.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:24:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36448 at http://ripr.org