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Politics
8:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox

The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday decided to investigate a complaint filed against House Speaker Gordon Fox. The question is whether Fox needed to disclose legal work done for the City of Providence.

Jason Gramitt, a staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, calls the step taken by the commission "preliminary. The commission only looks at the complaint and decides whether or not it should authorize an investigation, and so that's all they've done. They didn't offer any opinion as to whether the complaint is a good complaint or a bad complaint."

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Health Care
10:24 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Women and Infants Hospital Hosts Party in Celebration of Premature Babies Now Healthy

Patrick and Riley Yeadon were among about 100 premature babies who celebrated their fourth birthdays Sunday at Women and Infants Hospital.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Women and Infant’s Hospital held a party for four year olds Sunday.

Janessa Padella is a perfectly normal three year old with curly brown hair and big brown eyes. But when she was born in 2009 she weighed just 14 ounces.  She was the smallest of the premature baby class of 2009 invited to Women and Infant’s Hospital yesterday for a birthday party. Only children who weighed less than two pounds, 12 ounces were invited.

Janessa’s mother, Vannesa Rodriguez, remembers the terror she felt that she might lose her severely underdeveloped child.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Taste Trekkers Descend On Providence

Food trucks wrap up the Taste Trekkers convention in Providence
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence restaurants did a brisk business this weekend as a convention of foodies descended on the capital city.

For the uninitiated, a taste trekker is a person who plans their vacations around food.  Over the weekend some 150 of these people visited Providence for the first Taste Trekkers Convention.  They listened to top chefs, heard lectures on subjects as obscure as Memphis barbecue and chocolate from Madagascar, and of course they ate.  Matt Bowie came from Somerville, Massachusetts.

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RI News
8:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New Life For Old Train Tunnel May Be in the Works

The state is looking at ways to use the old east side train tunnel that has sat closed up for decades.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the head of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation are planning to inspect an abandoned train tunnel in Providence to see how it could be used in the future. The tunnel was built in 1906 connecting the Seekonk River to the Providence River.

Gov. Chafee said he’d like to see if it could be opened and used for RIPTA buses. DOT director Michael Lewis said there are no firm plans for the old tunnel and the point of Thursday’s inspection is to see if it’s structurally sound.

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Theater Reviews
2:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Gamm’s Season Opener is a Clunker

Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm TheatreCasey Seymour Kim and Alexander Platt in "Far Away" by Caryl Churchill, directed by Tony Estrella.Edit | Remove

For decades, English playwright Caryl Churchill has been accorded Goddess stature in the upper reaches of play writing circles. Fiercely political, strongly on the left, Churchill made her mark with plays of attitude and insight.

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Business
2:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Group Will Promote the Tasty Side of RI’s Economy at Waterfire

This pig at Pat's Pastured is part of Rhode Island's growing farm to table economy.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There will be a tent set up at Saturday’s Waterfire to educate residents about Rhode Island’s growing food sector. The tent will offer samples from a wide variety of locally made foods and beverages. By luring people through their taste buds, project coordinator Melissa Withers said they can then show the public the diversity of expertise in the state’s food economy.

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Politics
8:52 am
Fri September 20, 2013

David Caprio Backed By Speaker Fox to Become Next Chair of the RI Democratic Party

Former State Rep David Caprio may become the next chair of the Rhode Island democrats.
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Former state rep David Caprio has House Speaker Gordon Fox’s blessing to become the next chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.  Rhode Island Democrats are expected to formally endorse Caprio during an October 3rd state committee meeting in Cranston.  

David Caprio is a member of one of Rhode Island’s most prominent political families. His brother Frank ran for governor in 2010 and hope to win back his old job as state treasurer next year. Their father, also named Frank Caprio, is the chief municipal judge in Providence.

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RI News
2:48 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

RI State Police Crack Down on Underage Drinking

Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell at a press conference announcing a crackdown on underage drinking.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

State police are going all out this year to combat underage drinking. A task force has been monitoring places where underage drinking has historically been a problem.

State police Colonel Steven O’Donnell said a task force comprised of state, municipal and campus police has been formed to address the problem of underage drinking.   Since the beginning of September

they’ve investigated 30 nightclubs and several house parties near college campuses. Twenty-six people were summoned to appear in court on charges of alcohol possession by an underage person.

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu September 19, 2013

New Poll Shows Taveras Edging Out Raimondo In Potential Democratic Primary for Governor

A new poll shows Providence Mayor Angel Taveras edging out State treasurer Gina Raimondo in potential Democratic Governor's primary.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A new poll commissioned by Angel Taveras’ campaign organization shows Taveras with a significant lead over his expected Democratic primary rival for governor, Gina Raimondo.  The poll sampled 400 likely Democratic primary voters.

The poll by a Washington DC polling firm shows Taveras with a 19-point lead over Raimondo. According to the poll, 49 percent of the respondents want Taveras to be governor, while 30 percent prefer Raimondo. An additional 21 percent of respondents were undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

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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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