Rhode Island

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The deadly school shooting in Florida last week highlighted concerns over how schools protect teachers and students. The Ocean State mandates school safety plans, in coordination with multiple agencies.

State law requires all public schools to create such plans with the State department of emergency management, state police and the state fire marshal. Those plans are required to include procedures for evacuation, sheltering and addressing medical needs.

Gabe Amo / Governor's Office

Governor Gina Raimondo’s senior advisor on drug policy, Tom Coderre, said all options should be on the table to deal with the state’s opioid crisis, including safe injection sites. 

Gerard Donnelly / Creative Commons License via flickr

The utility announced last year they would seek a general rate hike, for gas and electric utilities. The original proposal called for an increase in gas rates by about five percent and electric by about six percent. The company now says those numbers will be less, accounting for savings under the new federal tax law.

That didn’t stop some dozen people from criticizing the company for the proposed increase during a public hearing in front of the Public Utilities Commission. A small crowd gathered at Pawtucket City Hall, to voice their concerns over the potential increase.

Creative Commons License via Wikimedia

Did that dog bed you got at L.L. Bean 5 years ago get chewed by its occupant?  Until last week, you could just take it back and get a replacement for no charge.  The company has announced that it's changing its famous unconditional return policy that has been a part of the brand since it started more than a century ago.  The change comes as a response to the growing number of customers who have been taking advantage of the policy.

John Bender / RIPR

Lilian Calderon spent her first night with her family in Rhode Island after being detained for nearly a month by federal immigration authorities in Massachusetts. 

Tenants say the high cost of rent and poor living conditions are driving some Providence renters out of their homes. 

In a city where more than half the population rents, some Providence tenants say they feel powerless when landlords raise the rent unexpectedly or neglect problems in their homes.

John Bender / RIPR

The Port of New Bedford is often touted as the most lucrative in North America. That’s thanks mainly to the popularity, and apparent abundance, of scallops. But the success of scallops may be masking hard times for other parts of the fishing industry.

RIPR FILE

Eleven states, including four in New England, have sued the Trump Administration over its decision to suspend the 2015 “Clean Water Rule”.

The Clean Water Rule closed a loophole in the Clean Water Act. It defined exactly what streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands were protected by the Act. Before it was enacted in 2015, certain rain-fed streams and wetlands were not protected.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

The state attorney general’s office continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a civilian last November.

The shootout along interstate 95 involved officers from State and Providence Police. It came after a standoff with a suspected related to the theft of a State Police cruiser. Both departments conducted their own investigations.

State police told RIPR they wrapped up their investigation in December, and have turned the results over to the Rhode Island Attorney General.

Fred Bever / New England News Collaborative

When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, his audience in the House chamber will include a number “Dreamers” who could face deportation as early as March — including one who grew up in Portland, Maine.

RIPR

A Johnston woman faces deportation even though her attorney said she has no criminal record.

With No Immigration Deal, New England DACA Recipients Still In Limbo

Jan 24, 2018
RIPR FILE

An agreement on the future of so-called Dreamers has been a stumbling block for Congress. As they passed a measure to reopen the federal government this week, Republican Senate leaders assured Democrats that they will take up the issue soon.

RIPR FILE

Fourteen Rhode Island cities and towns are joining a growing legal attack on the makers of prescription opioids.  Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee announced Monday he is leading the local leaders in filing a public nuisance lawsuit targeting makers and wholesalers of prescription opioids. 

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The PawSox stadium proposal passed last week by the Rhode Island Senate is expected to undergo some changes when the plan gets introduced at the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Providence elementary school principal Violet LeMar is appealing the guilty verdict handed down Monday for failing to report allegations of sexual assault at her school. LeMar is the first educator to be found guilty under a new state reporting law.

The new law was adopted in 2016, and requires educators to notify DCYF within 24 hours of abuse allegations at schools. LeMar, principal at Harry Kizirian elementary school in Providence, was accused of initiating an internal investigation when allegations of abuse of students by a gym teacher came to light.

Pages