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Morning News Podcast
10:31 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Most employers would not be able to ask job applicants about their criminal history under legislation being considered.  The Portsmouth Town Council has banned the feeding of coyotes. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Will this be the year when the General Assembly strengthens RI's gun laws?

Guns in the custody of the Providence police.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Law enforcement officials have tried without success for years to make Rhode Island’s gun laws more stringent. They say tougher laws would help to deter gun-related violence. Now, in the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the question remains whether Rhode Island will beef up its gun laws. For starters, gun control supporters will have to overcome powerful opposition from the National Rifle Association.

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Politics
7:14 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Senate considers Board of Ed nominees

RI State Capitol
Credit Kristin Gourlay

Four nominees for a new state Board of Education face a confirmation vote Tuesday by the full state Senate. They have already cleared a vote by the Senate Education Committee.
That committee is slated to take up the remaining seven nominees Wednesday.

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On Politics
10:39 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Critics sound warning about binding arbitration bill

A bill to extend binding arbitration to teacher contracts -- which last hit the House floor during the 2011 legislative session -- is coming back to the Statehouse.

Binding arbitration legislation sponsored by state Representative Anastasia Williams (D-Providence) is slated for a House Labor Committee hearing Tuesday (following the House session, or about 4:30/5 p.m.) in Room 201. A vote is not expected to take place following the hearing.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Metts recalls being racially profiled

State Senator Harold Metts joins us for our Bonus Q+A segment to talk about education policy, disproportionately high unemployment for minorities, and what it's like to be racially profiled while serving in the General Assembly.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Metts says new efforts needed to re-integrate offenders

State Senator Harold Metts
Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Harold Metts (D-Providence) joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss same-sex marriage, efforts to better re-integrate offenders once they leave prison, and new appointees to the state Board of Education.

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On Politics
4:19 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Metts calls the stigma of prison "a life sentence" for former offenders seeking jobs

State Senator Harold Metts (D-Providence) says the stigma of prison is so severe for former inmates that it's virtually impossible for them to find work after serving their time. He calls that a contributor to the disproportionately high rate of unemployment for minorities in poor parts of the capital city.

“The rate of incarceration is a big factor in the unemployment in certain parts of my district, because once you get that jail record, it ends up being a lifetime sentence, because you can’t get a job.”

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Politics
8:41 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Senate panel clears first nominees for combined Education Board; critics unmollified

Education Board nominee Michael Grande (center) responds to a question from state Senator Edward O'Neill.
Credit Ian Donnis

A legislative committee on Wednesday approved four nominees for a combined board overseeing K-through-12 and higher education. But critics still question whether the merged education board is a good idea.

A stream of witnesses touted the commitment to public education of the four nominees. The Senate Education Committee approved each of them by at least 8 of 10 votes.

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Morning News Podcast
9:46 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana and then tax it. Newport becomes a stop on an around-the-world sailing race.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.


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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Goldin proposing paid leave as part of temporary disability insurance

Gayle Goldin
Credit courtesy Gayle Goldin For RI

A bill being introduced this week would offer paid family leave as part of the state’s temporary disability insurance program, or TDI. But least one observer thinks the TDI program is already too costly.

Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) says temporary paid leave should be available for workers caring for a seriously ill family member or bonding with a new child in their home. She says expanding TDI to do this would cost 83 cents a week for typical workers. Goldin says the benefits of temporary paid leave have been supported by research in California and New Jersey.

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