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On Politics
2:04 am
Fri June 13, 2014

38 Studios Dominates Discussion as House Passes $8.7B Budget

Rep Marcello supporting an amendment for an independent prosecutor on 38 Studios. The amendment failed by a large margin.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A House vote in favor of a new $8.7 billion budget early Friday was dominated by debate about 38 Studios. The spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 includes $12.3 million dollars to continue paying back investors in the failed video game company.

Budget articles passed with lopsided margins and mostly no back and forth. Yet an attempt to establish an independent prosecutor to examine how the state bungled into 38 Studios sparked sharp exchanges. Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) argued in favor of the outside probe.

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RI News
8:30 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Pawtucket Pit Bull Ban Being Challenged

The city of Pawtucket says it will defend its pit bull ban against a lawsuit challenging it.  The Pawtucket ban appears to conflict with state law.

Pawtucket banned pit bulls nine years ago.  The ordinance is now being challenged by pit bull owner Albert Alix and a group called Defenders of Animals.  They said the ordinance was invalidated when the General Assembly enacted a state law forbidding cities and towns from breed-specific bans on dogs and cats.  But Tony Pires, Pawtucket’s director of administration, said the ordinance is exempt from state law because it predates it.

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On Politics
1:18 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Mediation Continues in Unions' Legal Challenge to 2011 Pension Overhaul

Mediation will continue in the high-stakes legal challenge by a series of public-employee unions to the overhaul of the state pension system that became law in 2011.

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is scheduled to get the next update in the case on September 5, according to court spokesman Craig Berke. The hearing will take place in Kent County, since Taft-Carter is being assigned there this fall.

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RI News
3:24 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Vandalism Could Become a Felony in Rhode Island

Legislation that would create harsher punishments for vandalism in Rhode Island has recently been introduced in the state house.

Sen. Frank Lombardi has seen enough of the costly vandalism that he says, has seen an increase in the past few years. 

For example, the destruction at a Newport cemetery 2 years ago would have cost $125,000 in cleanup and repairs, had it not been for a group of volunteers.

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Morning News Podcast
10:39 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Most adults failed a mock NECAP test.  Glass could be used as cover material at the state landfill under a proposed bill.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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On Politics
1:33 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Straight talk on jobs needed in RI

Another week passes with the usual palaver  from the Rhode Island political and business elite on economic development. RIPR political  analyst Scott MacKay says its time for some changes in the way Rhode Islanders view our state and ourselves.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chafee team previews his budget; jobs and competitiveness highlighted

Making Rhode Island more competitive and getting Rhode Islanders back to work are central points of Governor Lincoln Chafee's State of the State address tonight.

Budget staffers and other members of the governor's administration held a background briefing for reporters a short time ago at the Department of Administration building on Smith Hill. The details are embargoed until Chafee begins his speech this evening in the House chamber.

But in addition to the points in the first sentence of the post, the Chafee administration also plans to emphasize:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Taveras boosts Fox in home stretch; Binder hammers away on 38 Studios

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is lending another boost to House Speaker Gordon Fox in the closing stretch before Election Day. The popular mayor, who used to share a Dorrance Street law office with Fox, sent this email this morning:

Dear Providence Friends and Neighbors:

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On Politics
6:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

In down economy, RI’s net gambling revenue grows by almost 23M over last year

No matter that casinos are on the horizon in Massachusetts, and Foxwoods is facing an uncertain future. The Rhode Island Lottery’s latest contribution to the state general fund is $377.7 million, almost $23 million more than the previous year, according to a legislative news release:

Video lottery accounted for $320.8 million or 84% of total gross profit.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

RI Supreme Court denies Tobon’s case in challenge to San Bento

On a 3-2 decision, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has denied Carlos Tobon’s call for a manual recount following his controversial and contested one-vote loss to state Representative William San Bento of Pawtucket.

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