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6:55 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Flags at half staff in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered flags in the state lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the six people killed during an assassination attempt on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.


Chafee on Monday ordered flags lowered until sunset on Friday to honor the dead and the 14 injured outside a supermarket in Tucson on Saturday.


Chafee calls it an unthinkable tragedy that has brought him and all Rhode Islanders great personal sadness.

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6:42 am
Mon January 10, 2011

Congressional delegation expresses shock over Ariz. shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – "Shocked and devastated." That was Congressman Jim Langevin's reaction to the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. But Langevin says he will do nothing special to enhance his personal security.


They sat together on the Armed Services Committee and Congressman Jim Langevin calls Gabrielle Giffords a good friend. He was horrified to hear she was shot while meeting with constituents at a Tucson grocery store.

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12:03 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

State Rep. to introduce gay marriage bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A state lawmaker from Cranston is renewing his push to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.

Democratic state Representative Arthur Handy says he will introduce legislation today to make legal same sex marriage in the Ocean State. This is the ninth year Handy has introduced the measure, but he says he's more optimistic given the swearing in of independent Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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6:33 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Taveras supporters party into the night

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is pictured at his inauguration party. Photo by Megan Hall.

Providence, RI – Last night more than a thousand people gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center to celebrate the inauguration of Providence's new Mayor Angel Taveras.

Supporters danced, cheered, and drank at the free event, which featured bilingual speeches and music for the city's first Latino mayor.

Taveras' sister, Dinora Dominguez, switched effortlessly between English and Spanish as she introduced her brother.

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6:20 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Inaugurations in several cities today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The swearing in for statewide office holders is still a day away but officials in several Rhode Island cities will be taking the oath of office today.


In Providence, Angel Taveras will become the city's first Latino mayor during a swearing in ceremony on the steps of City Hall this afternoon.


In Pawtucket, Donald Grebien will be sworn in as mayor this morning at City Hall. He'll replace the city's longest serving mayor, James Doyle.

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6:15 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Taveras to be sworn in on steps of City Hall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Angel Taveras will take the reins today as the new mayor of Providence.


After an inter-faith breakfast, Taveras will be inaugurated at 1:30 on the steps of City Hall. A reception will be held from 3 to 4 on the second floor of City Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.


An inaugural celebration will take place at 7 this evening at the Rhode Island Convention Center. It's free, but tickets must be obtained at transitionprovidence.org

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7:04 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Portrait of Carcieri to be unveiled today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An official portrait of Governor Carcieri is due to be unveiled at 5 pm today. It includes some subtle motifs from his time in office.


Carcieri is leaving office next week after the maximum two terms as governor. State law requires departing governors to remain at the State House - in the form of an official portrait. Artist Harley Bartlett of Hope says a small statue, of a knight on a horse, on the governor's desk refers to the scholastic mascot of his native East Greenwich High School.

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7:29 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Incoming lawmakers call for run-off elections

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two incoming Republican lawmakers say the state should hold runoff elections if a winning candidate gets less than 50 percent of the vote.

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4:50 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Ethics Commission to consider Costantino case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state Ethics Commission will consider Tuesday whether to allow a departing state legislator to join the administration of Governor-elect Chafee.

House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Providence this year instead of seeking reelection as a state rep.

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6:36 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Chafee plans Waterfire inaugural reception

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Incoming Gov. Lincoln Chafee is planning what his office says is a frugal inauguration on Jan. 4, featuring Rhode Island's favorite free public arts event, Waterfire.


Chafee's office says Wednesday it recognizes the difficult economic climate and to cut costs, there won't be an inaugural ball. Instead, the five general officers will hold five evening receptions in Providence in restaurants overlooking Waterfire.

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