Rhode Island

Politics
2:51 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Shutdown Keeps RI National Guard From Columbus Day Parades

The Rhode Island National Guard said it has had to cancel its participation in all of the Columbus Day events. That includes the Columbus Day parade on Federal Hill.

Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Parente said there are 15 events on the calendar for next month, including some for Veteran’s Day. He said if the partial federal shutdown stretches into Veterans Day, the National Guard will do what it can to have a presence.

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RI News
9:27 am
Fri October 11, 2013

State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends

Rhode Islanders will have to wait a little longer this month to find out what the September unemployment rate was. The state Department of Labor and Training says the data will not be released as scheduled on October 17th because of the partial government shutdown.

Department spokeswoman Laura Hart said the Census Bureau collects data that is used to calculate the state jobless rate.

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RI News
9:21 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Heather Abbott Speaks About Her Recovery

Heather Abbott at an event at Salve Regina University in Newport.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Newport resident and survivor of the Boston marathon bombings Heather Abbott gave her first formal presentation Wednesday to a packed lecture hall at Salve Regina University.  Abbott told the audience how she recovered from the partial amputation of her left leg. She’s continuing physical therapy for that injury but she must still undergo surgery for another.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo Leading Potential Governor's Race Among

A new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo leading Providence Mayor Angel Taveras among likely Democratic primary voters.  Raimondo and Taveras are expected to square off in a gubernatorial primary next September.

Brown pollsters talked with 433 likely Democratic primary voters. In a two-way matchup, 42 percent of respondents say they’d vote for Raimondo, just under 34 percent prefer Taveras, and 24 percent were undecided. That poll has a margin of error of four and a half percentage points.

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Health Care
8:44 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Doctor's Prescription Pads May Be Part Of RI's Drug Overdose Problem

State health officials say they don’t know why Rhode Island has the nation’s 13th highest rate of accidental deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses.  They say doctors may be part of the problem.

Twenty-eight year old Ross Ricciarelli is a recovering heroin  addict. He got started on Vicodin and progressed to Percocette. When prescriptions became hard to come by he started shooting up.

"I was prescribed them at one point and I really had no idea that it was going to just take me down roads that I never would have imagined that I would have gone down," said Ricciarelli.

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One Square Mile: Bristol
8:53 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Boat Building Industry

Steve Thurston's company Quantum Sails made it through the economoic downturn, others weren't so lucky.
Catherine Welch RIPR

All this week we've been bringing you stories from Bristol in our series One Square Mile. We check in on the town's boat building industry. The sector got whacked, as one boat builder describes it, when the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008. Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch checks in to see how it’s doing now.

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Transportation
4:19 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Bills On The Way To Collect Sakonnet River Bridge Toll

A legislative commission put a 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge as a placeholder as it works out a plan for the controversial toll.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is ramping up efforts to collect the 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Chairman David Darlington said there are 750,000 records of drivers who have crossed the bridge without being charged. Now the authority is ready to collect.

If you have an E-ZPass, it will be charged. If you don’t own an E-ZPass and have crossed the Sakonnet Bridge fewer than 25 times, you will not receive a bill. But after you make that 25th trip, the authority will send out a bill of at least $2.50.

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On Politics
4:02 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Why RI Labor Board made correct decision on child care workers

While the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is blasting the RI Labor Relations Board decision to move ahead with a vote on unionizing state-subsidized child care workers, it is difficult to question the labor panel’s reasoning.

Some history here:  Mike Stenhouse, ceo of the conservative Freedom & Prosperity group, asked the labor board to delay a vote until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a challenge to a somewhat similar union quest   in Illinois.

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Health Care
4:01 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

New Study Finds Rhode Island Ranks 13th in Overdoes Deaths

State health officials said they don’t know why Rhode Island has the nation’s 13th highest rate of accidental deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses.  But they said doctors may be part of the problem.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ross Ricciarelli is a recovering heroin addict. He got started on Vicodin and progressed to Percocete. When prescriptions became hard to come by he started shooting up.

“I was prescribed them at one point and I really had no idea that it was going to just take me down roads that I never would have imagined that I would have gone down,” said Ricciarelli.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Raimondo Reacts to Frank Caprio’s Pension Plan

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is throwing cold water on a plan advanced by Frank Caprio, the man who wants her job.

Caprio has proposed reducing pension fund investment fees and funneling that money back into cost of living increases for teachers and public employees. Their pensions were frozen in 2011 as part of a package of legislative reforms to shore up the ailing pension system.

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