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8:38 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Lt. Governor Roberts: Chafee's Decision Doesn't Affect Her Political Plans

Lt Governor Elizabeth Roberts says the governor’s decision not to seek re-election in no way changes her political plans. Due to term limits, she cannot seek re-election for Lt Governor.

Roberts says right now she’s focused on rolling out the state’s health insurance exchange, and while she understands she’s next in line should Governor Lincoln Chafee leave office, she’s focused now on the exchange.

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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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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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RIPR News
12:47 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

RI State Police Round Up Nets 30 Fugitives

Rhode Island State Police and other law enforcement agencies have rounded up 30 wanted fugitives in an early morning warrant sweep throughout the state.

Most of them were wanted for failing to appear in Family Court or failure to pay child support. Collectively, those arrested owe close to $370,000 in child support payments. One person arrested owed nearly $38,000.

State police Colonel Steven O’Donnell praised the officers involved in the arrests, saying, “it is unfortunate that this was necessary to ensure that they meet the obligations they have to their families.”

Environment
12:43 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

RI Mosquitoes Test Positive for EEE

For the first time this year, mosquitoes trapped in Rhode Island have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a virus characterized by the sudden onset of  headache, high fever, chills and vomiting.  A second mosquito batch has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

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Politics
10:55 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressional Q+A Langevin on Syria, Data Collection, and the Sequester

Congressman Jim Langevin stopped by the Rhode Island Public Radio Studios.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We conclude our series  with Congressman Jim Langevin.

We’d like to note this interview was recorded before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Rhode Island Politicians Praise Chafee for his Public Service

As the media burst with news that Gov. Lincoln Chafee was not seeking re-election, the state’s top elected officials crafted statements praising the governor.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state treasurer Gina Raimondo, who are both expected to run for Chafee’s office, released statements thanking him for his years of public service. Taveras called him a man of integrity, while Raimondo called Chafee an unfailing optimist who always had the state’s best interest at heart.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Chafee Drops Out of RI's 2014 Race for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a surprise announcement, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday afternoon he won't seek re-election for a second term.

Chafee's approval rating has remained below 30 percent, yet he maintained his decision was motivated by a desire to focus on improving the Ocean State and its economy in his remaining time in office.

"There are many factors into this decision, but the main thing is that you can’t be doing two jobs well at the same time, especially with the situation that we have here in Rhode Island," he said.

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Politics
8:34 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Potential Providence Mayoral Candidates Ramping up Fundraising

Two of the Democrats running for mayor of Providence next year are stepping up their campaign fundraising.

Roger Williams University Law School professor Jorge Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand dollars by the end of the third fundraising quarter September 30th. Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand to 40-thousand a month until the September 2014 primary.

Providence’s current mayor, Angel Taveras, is expected to run for governor next year.

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