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Politics
8:56 am
Thu September 19, 2013

RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline

A task force on gun control was scheduled to meet with the general assembly and the Governor in January. Members of the task force say they will not meet that deadline.
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A legislative task force created in the last General Assembly session to examine the intersection of gun violence and mental health issues has yet to meet. The panel is unlikely to meet a January deadline for reporting its findings.                                                                                                                                                   

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Environment
2:50 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

More Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile in RI

Three more pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
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Three more mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus. The positive results were from mosquitoes trapped in the Smith Hill area of Providence, in the southern section of East Providence, and in central North Kingstown. All of the mosquitoes were of a species that feeds on birds and mammals.

The Department of Environmental Management says these findings are not unexpected this time of year.

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Business
8:34 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Providence to Play Host to 'Innovation Factory' Business Summit

More than 400 thinkers and entrepreneurs plan to gather in Providence later this week for the Business Innovation Factory’s ninth summit.

The head of the factory, Saul Kaplan, said new collaborations and projects come out of the summit every year. About two-thirds of the attendees come from outside of Rhode Island.

“The people that are there and the people that are in the room have an incredibly positive view of Rhode Island. They believe Rhode Island is a place where innovation can happen, so it changes the conversation," said Kaplan.

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Theater Reviews
5:41 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Trinity Rep’s “The Grapes of Wrath” is Mesmerizing Theater

John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath adapted by Frank Galati, directed by Brian McEleney, set design by Michael McGarty, lighting design by John Ambrosone, costume design by William Lane.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Let’s just say it right up front. Directed with bold assertion by Brian McEleney, on a kooky set that somehow works by designer Michael McGarty, “The Grapes of Wrath” is mesmerizing theater. With its quicksilver pace, its heartfelt performing and all-American drive, this production ranks among the best in Trinity’s history of taking on big deals and making them individual, and accessible.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Mosquito Samples in RI Test Positive for EEE

Four pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and three pools for EEE in Rhode Island this year.

Test results from two mosquito pools in Rhode Island have come back positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This is the second time EEE has been confirmed in the state this year.

The samples came from traps set in Tiverton and Westerly.  The Department of Environmental Management says the findings aren’t surprising for this time of year, and it’s likely that EEE is present in other parts of the state.

Furthermore, two mosquito pools in Tiverton and Hopkinton have confirmed positive results for Highlands J Virus, that virus is a bird disease that doesn’t affect humans.

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Politics
8:44 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Capellan Drops Out of Providence Mayoral Race

The Providence mayoral race is continuing to come into focus, as Victor Capellan ducks out.
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An educator who works in Central Falls has decided not to run for mayor of Providence.  The decision by Victor Capellan leaves the field with just one Latino candidate.

Capellan is a longtime political activist who took steps to organize a campaign earlier this year. He said the demands of his job as a deputy school superintendent in Central Falls are why he’s pulling out of the race.

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Politics
8:26 am
Fri September 6, 2013

No Easy Answers To Providence's High Tax Rate

Providence's commercial tax rate remains among the highest in the country.
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The head of the Providence City Council says there aren’t any easy answers for cutting high commercial taxes in the capital city. Providence has among the highest commercial tax rates in the country.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has frozen the commercial tax rate in Rhode Island’s largest city. But the cost of the tax is still seen as an obstacle to new development.

City Council President Michael Solomon says city officials are limited in their ability to improve the situation beyond trying to encourage a broader tax base.

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Politics
8:09 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Avedisian Not Considering A Run For Governor

Warwick mayor Scott Avedisian says he's not considering a run for Governor now that Chafee has announced he won't seek re-election.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision not to seek re-election hasn’t changed the political plans of one prominent Republican. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian still plans to choose between seeking re-election and running for lieutenant governor.

Avedisian won a special election to become mayor of Warwick in 2000 and he’s gone on to become the longest-serving mayor in that city’s history. The moderate Republican hasn’t been in any rush to seek a different office, and he said Chafee’s move doesn’t alter his plans.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Solomon on Providence's Challenges

Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, a likely candidate for mayor next year, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about school, the economy, the vacant Superman Building and other issues facing Rhode Island's capital city.

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RI News
3:08 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

U.S. Attorney: Nine Charged in RI With Defrauding Food Stamp Program of $3M

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha holds a press conference to announce charges in a food stamp scheme that cost the program $3 million.
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The owners and employees of five Providence convenience stores have been charged with defrauding the food stamp program. The charges cap a two-year grand jury investigation.

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