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8:27 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Chafee embarrased by lack of marriage equality

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he?s ?embarrassed? that Rhode Island does not have full equality for gays.
Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says he's "embarrassed" that Rhode Island does not have full equality for gays.

Interviewed by NPR's "Tell Me More", Chafee reflected on the General Assembly's passage of a civil unions law, rather than full same sex marriage rights which he supported.

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Morning News Podcast
8:16 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, July 15, 2011.

RIPR News
8:06 am
Fri July 15, 2011

RI expands medical parole program

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new state law expands the Department of Corrections medical parole program. The new law applies to inmates who are so mentally or physically ill that it's unlikely they'll recover.

Inmates who are terminal or immobile can already apply for medical parole. With this new category for those who aren't getting better but not expected to die in six months, the department of corrections anticipates about four prisoners a year will apply.

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Political Roundtable
7:57 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Political Roundtable - July 15, 2011

House Speaker Gordon Fox defends the controversial voter ID law.
Photo by Catherine Welch

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Politics
7:23 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Civil rights groups denounce voter identification law

PROVIDENCE, RI – A coalition of 15 civil rights groups is denouncing the state's new voter ID law. It requires voters to present a photo ID starting in 2014. But both the Governor and the Speaker of the House are defending the legislation.

The NAACP, the Coalition for the Homeless, Progreso Latino, and the ACLU are among 15 groups who have written a letter to the Governor calling the voter ID law a, "significant and shameful step backward".

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RIPR News
6:58 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Kennedys feud over family property

PROVIDENCE, RI – As former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy prepares to tie the knot at the family compound in Hyannisport, the clan is showing a rare break in solidarity over family property. Earlier this week the New York Times reported that Ethel Kennedy is threatening to withhold 63 boxes of her husband's papers because she believes the Kennedy presidential library does not give her former husband, the late Robert Kennedy, enough respect.

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RIPR News
3:53 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Chafee unsure about supporting Obama in 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee, one of President Obama's early supporters, says he's not sure he'll support a re-election bid.

Asked by NPR's "Tell Me More" if he would endorse the President next year, Chafee said he hasn't focused on the upcoming election but is disappointed with Obama's foreign policy.

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Morning News Podcast
9:42 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, July 14, 2011.

RIPR News
7:02 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Chafee signs new school rules into law

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee signed two major pieces of school legislation into law. They're aimed at increasing graduation rates.

Rhode Island law now requires children to attend school until they turn 18, instead of 16-years-old. Supporters say the change will reduce dropout rates by forcing students to remain in school longer.

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RIPR News
6:56 am
Thu July 14, 2011

RI has no plans to increase test monitoring

PROVIDENCE, RI – In the wake of a widespread cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools, Rhode Island officials say they have no plans to increase their monitoring of standardized testing.

A spokesman from the State Department of Education says there have been only two cases of serious cheating in Rhode Island over the last 10 years.

Both came to light because of whistleblowers who notified state officials of testing irregularities.

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