PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says he's pleased that the Board of Governors for Higher Education is about to approve a measure that would extend in-state tuition to undocumented Rhode Island students who have been in the state's high schools at least three years. The students must graduate and sign an affidavit stating their intention to seek legal status as soon as they are eligible.
Protestors waving anti-car tax signs gathered outside Providence City Hall recently to criticize the tax increases proposed by Mayor Angel Taveras and the city council. And more than 200 people showed up at last week's Warwick City Council meeting to fire away at Mayor Scott Avedisian's plan to increase car taxes to pay for city services.
Providence,RI – By MEGAN HALL The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is warning residents to stay away from five urban ponds affected by toxic algae. DEM says Slater Memorial Park Pond in Pawtucket, Roger Williams and Mashapaug Pond in Providence, and Spectacle Pond and J.L. Curran Reservoir in Cranston are covered in blue-green algae blooms.
Contact with the contaminated water can cause skin rashes and throat irritation as well as stomach ache, vomiting, and nausea.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. fired the Central Falls police chief Friday morning and eliminated the position. Flanders is working to replace the police and fire chiefs with a public safety manager as one small way to dig the city out of the red.
PROVIDENCE, RI – More bad news on municipal pensions and the woes of State Representative Dan Gordon. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. This week's special guest: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.
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PROVIDENCE, RI – By MEGAN HALL More than four months after Governor Lincoln Chafee put a hold on the state's medical marijuana dispensaries, the official in charge of the program has left for another position.
Charles Alexandre had many duties in his capacity as the Chief of Health Professionals Regulation, but his job managing the state's medical marijuana program was the most public.