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Environment
4:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

CRMC Subcommittee Recommends Approving Proposed Offshore Wind Farm

Credit RIPR File

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has unanimously recommended approving a proposed offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.  

The subcommittee’s official recommendation will be read at a council meeting within the next 30 days, and then scheduled for a full committee vote. The subcommittee’s recommendation holds a lot of weight, according to Laura Dwyer, information coordinator for the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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RI News
2:05 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Fung Calls For Firing Police Captain Who Ordered Parking Ticket Blitz

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced the findings of an investigation into a parking ticket blitz.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced Thursday that the investigation into a police parking ticket scandal has been concluded. State police confirm a Cranston police captain violated police regulations.

Fung took the podium at a press conference to break the news: “Today we are announcing the

recommendation, and that is the recommendation of termination for Cranston police captain Stephen Antonucci.”

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On Politics
11:54 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Regunberg Jumps Into Race for Fox's State Rep Seat

Education activist Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of the Providence Student Union advocacy group, says he's running for the District 4 state representative seat now held by former House speaker Gordon Fox.

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The Education Blog
9:08 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Advocacy Group Releases Annual Review of Public Education

Achievement gaps persist for minority students, and college graduates can expect to earn less in Rhode Island than elsewhere in New England. Those are some of the key findings in a new report from the Rhode Island Campaign for Achievement Now, an education advocacy group that favors expanding charter schools and improving access to early education.

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RI News
8:55 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Votes On Proposed State Pension Settlement Due Thursday

A proposed pension settlement has yet to be voted on by state unions.
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Ballots are due Thursday in the first round of voting on the proposed state pension settlement. But it’s not clear when the results will become available.

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Environment
6:45 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Bill On Climate Change Gets First Hearing In RI Statehouse

A bill to help the state prepare for climate change will have its first House committee hearing today. 

Rep. Art Handy introduced the bill, called the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014. He said it would require the state to start studying what areas are vulnerable to climate change threats, from flooding to sea level rise to temperature changes. 

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Local Feature
6:20 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Heavy Rain, More Severe River Flooding In A Warmer Rhode Island

A flood in 2005 was the first catastrophic flood that affected Paul Prendergast's house in Johnston. The next one took place in 2010.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Decades of development along floodplains and on wetlands in Johnston have made the town vulnerable to severe flood issues. Scientists say climate change may make these floods even worse, with more frequent and intense storms. A couple families that have long dealt with floods year after year will soon get relief, as federal money is available to buy out and demolish these properties in flood zones in the Pocasset River watershed.

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Arts & Culture
5:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Festival Ballet Delivers Fine Work, Powerful Dancing

Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto dance in Festival Ballet's Up Close on Hope.
Credit Thomas Nola-Rion

Ah, yes, definitely. You could call this “Up Close” wide-ranging. Then again you could say, ahh, it’s a mixed bag. But, fortunately, this show has enough fine work – some powerful dancing, and one emotionally charged piece – to make it worth recommending.

What artistic director Misha Djuric has done this time is turn basically to his own company for inspiration and dances. The result shows work from young dancers that are sometimes amusing, sometimes not so much. Then again Festival’s stronger veterans also put forth some fine work.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

RI Arts Council Refutes Claims In Report Calling For Its Elimination

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking umbrage with a new report claiming taxpayers are paying for tasteless and offensive art.

The report from the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity claims taxpayer money was used to fund an erotic holiday party, underwear art, and an international film festival that shows movies some would consider “depraved.” But RISCA refutes those claims saying it didn’t fund any party or underwear art, but gave a grant a few years ago to an artist mentioned in a blog about those events.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Raimondo Rolls Out RI Tourism Plan

Treasurer Gina Raimondo rolled out her tourism plan in Bristol as part of her campaign for governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to do a better job of developing tourism as a spark plug for the economy. Raimondo unveiled a tourism plan Wednesday morning as part of her campaign for the state’s top job.

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