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4:17 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Raimondo Has The Edge Over Fung At Start Of Governor's Race

Gina Raimondo announcing her run for Governor in January.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The primaries are over and now it’s time for the main event. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the Rhode Island campaign for governor.

Rhode Island voters will make history in November by choosing either Republican Allan Fung or Democrat Gina Raimondo as their next governor. Raimondo would be the first woman governor;  Fung would be the first Asian-American.

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RI News
4:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist Of RI State Police To Head Cranston Police Department

Michael Winquist at Cranston City Council.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist, of the Rhode Island State Police, has been announced as Cranston’s new police chief.  The appointment comes following a difficult period for the department.

Winquist steps into the position following the retirement of former chief Marco Palombo Jr. Palombo left in the midst of a scandal during which police officers ticketed cars in wards of city councilors who voted against a police contract. The search for his successor also drew controversy, with some groups claiming that the search criteria effectively ruled out candidates of color.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

RI GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Barbs

GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Block held a press conference at a Cranston diner.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidates Ken Block and Allan Fung traded barbs Monday about which of them is the best choice for governor.  It happened at new conference Block held near Cranston City Hall.

Block held his press conference inside a Cranston diner, about a block from City Hall, as a reminder of how Fung taped a jobs-related campaign ad in an Ohio diner. He criticized Fung for raising taxes early in his administration, and Block also rapped Fung for his oversight of Cranston’s police department.

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Local Features
2:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Cranston Public To Discuss Floodplain Maps With City Planning Director

Cranston's City Planning Director Peter Lapolla will be holding a meeting with the public on June 11th to discuss the city's floodplain management plan. Lapolla says the officials want to know about any flood-prone areas that they may have missed. 

"What we're doing is going out to the public and saying 'I think we've identified the areas where there are flooding issues, and we want your input on whether we've properly identified all those areas. Have we missed any, and have we misrepresented or misassumed the causes of the flooding?'"

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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RI News
1:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes

Budget proposed by Mayor Allan Fung does not raise property taxes.
Credit file / RIPR

Cranston residents will face no property tax increase next year under a budget proposed Tuesday night by Mayor Allan Fung. He has submitted a $262 million spending plan that would fully fund the city’s annual pension obligations while not hiking property taxes.

The average Cranstonian pays $5,000 a year in property taxes. Fung admits that’s high, but says just keeping taxes from rising has been a challenge given state funding cuts and the devastation caused by the great flood of 2010.

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Weather
8:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island

A rain swollen Pawcatuck River in Westerly RI.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Flood warnings remain in effect for Rhode Island rivers, but forecasters for with the National Weather Service says people shouldn't fear a repeat of the historic floods of March 2010; which were the worst in the state.  However residents in Westerly were still worried.

Gail Quatromanni lives in a sprawling ranch with spectacular view of the Pawcatuck River.  But it hasn't been looking very pretty in the last couple days.  In a 24 hour period starting Sunday morning, Quatromanni said the river rose 19 inches.

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Politics
10:59 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and the city's police force have been embroiled in controversy over a slew of suspicious parking tickets.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week.  Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.

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RI News
4:11 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Cranston Police Chief Retires; Ticket Probe Ongoing

Col. Marco Palombo, Jr. released a statement announcing that he is retiring as Cranston’s chief of police. The news comes on the heels of a police parking ticket scandal.

Col. Palombo announced his retirement after 27 years with the Cranston police in a statement to the media. In it, he said he had been considering retirement for a while and is looking forward to new opportunities, including helping to solve cold cases and teaching police science.

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Weather
8:38 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Plows clear snow in downtown Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.

Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.

“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.

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