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5:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Mattiello: Cianci's Effect on RI's Image is For Voters to Decide

Mattiello at the rostrum during the 2014 House session.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he considers Buddy Cianci "a great guy," but the speaker isn't taking sides in the debate about whether Cianci's latest comeback attempt is good or bad for Rhode Island's reputation.

"I'll leave that to the citizens of the City of Providence to make that determination," Mattiello said during a Statehouse interview Tuesday afternoon.

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Being Sure

It seems almost trite and hackneyed to say that we human beings thrive on trust, on being able to connect with others in a way that feels truly safe.  But as we make our way through life’s complicated journey – flourishing here and stumbling there – it really does seem that being able to trust the people who are central in our lives is essential.  The 19th century Russian author Anton Chekhov put it so well: “You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.”  And that’s what we hear from Matthew Eriksen.

Matthew Eriksen is a Professor of Management, Faculty Director of the Leadership Fellows Program, and Coordinator of the Leadership Development major in the School of Continuing Education at Providence College. He also engages in life, leadership and team coaching.

Local Features
1:22 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

RI Veterans Given Help Finding Work

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island has received a $225,000 dollar grant from the Homeless Veteran's Reintegration Program to help provide local veterans with job placements and career counseling. 

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island's Executive Director Erik Wallin says the Rhode Island National Guard has a very high redeployment rate and soldiers often have trouble holding on to their jobs.

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Politics
8:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes

Newport Grand currently has only slot games, but a referendum will let Newport voters decide on table games, a measure which failed just two years ago.
Credit RIPR FILE

In what the Senate president called “an abundance of caution” the state senate voted again and approved a bill putting casino gambling in Newport on the November ballot.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says the governor’s legal counsel was worried that the part of the bill giving $1.5 million dollars to Newport would be considered an appropriation. And appropriation measures need a two-thirds majority, or 26 votes. It got only 24 votes in the final hours of the session.

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RI News
3:47 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In Time For Hot Weather, Davey Lopes Pool Reopens

The Davey Lopes pool reopened today.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Davey Lopes pool reopened in Providence’s Southside today.

Dozens of local officials, city council members, and political candidates were on hand to see the pool reopen after being closed for a year.

Notably absent was Providence Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras, who defended the pool’s initial closure last summer.

State Senator Harold Metts of Providence was a critic of the pool closing, and was influential in its reopening.

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The Pulse
3:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Local Reactions To The Hobby Lobby Decision

Reactions are still coming in to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby (that decision, that the company is not required to cover contraceptives as part of employees' health insurance, can be read here.). Here are a few so far. Keep in mind, more decisions related to this one are expected.

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On Politics
12:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The 229th Bristol Fourth

Hike the streets of Bristol this week. It’s an exercise in history and Old Home Week. From the concerts in Independence Park, to the taverns, markets and a Hope Street adorned with the freshly painted  red, white and blue stripe down the middle.

This old  New England port, marinated in history, is the scene this week of handshakes and hugs, as people who haven’t seen each other recently - some in many years – greet and relive the old times.

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Economy
10:13 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Massachusetts Ruling Could Be A Big Win For RI's Gaming Industry

Twin River in Lincoln is currently the only casino in the state to offer table games. Voters rejected the proposal for Newport Grand.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s gaming industry may get a major boost. Massachusetts residents will decide if they want to get rid of all casino gambling in the Commonwealth.  Massachusetts casinos would pose direct competition to the Ocean State’s gaming revenue.

Two casinos have already been approved in Massachusetts: a resort-style in Springfield and a slot parlor in Plainville. The slot parlor would be fewer than twenty miles from Rhode Island’s Twin River casino in Lincoln.  But the new ruling could allow Commonwealth voters to stop that project dead in its tracks.

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Providence
9:18 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Davey Lopes Pool To Reopen In Providence

The Davey Lopes Pool in South Providence in October of 2013.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Davey Lopes pool in South Providence is set to reopen for the season after extensive repairs. The pool closed last summer despite an outcry from the public.

Community leaders in the neighborhood say the pool is vital to keeping the youth of South Providence busy during the summer months.  The neighborhood has one of the highest crime rates in the city. Leah Williams Metts, is a local activist who helped spearhead the project.

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The Education Blog
8:52 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Chafee on Testing Bill: We're Looking at It

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he is still considering whether to sign a bill that halts a controversial policy linking test scores to high school diplomas.

"We're still looking at it and talking to advocates on both sides," Chafee told RIPR on Friday, as he signed a bill making calamari the state's official appetizer.

Supporters say students should have to demonstrate minimum skill levels in reading and writing before they are awarded diplomas. That was the reasoning behind the policy, which mirrors a similar rule in Massachusetts.

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