Rhode Island

Politics
9:25 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Proposed State Pension Settlement Filed In Superior Court

A settlement in the state pension lawsuit would still need approval from the General Assembly.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Documents to formalize a settlement of the state pension lawsuit were filed Monday in Superior Court . The settlement faces several hurdles to be completed.

Lawyers announced in court earlier this month that most public employee unions and retirees had agreed to a proposed settlement to the legal challenge over Rhode Island’s 2011 pension overhaul. The attorneys are now following up by filing documents outlining the agreement.

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Health Care
9:18 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Proponents Claim Eliminating 'Caregivers' Would Create Stronger Medical Marijuana Regulation

Medical marijuana has been legal in Rhode Island since 2006.
Credit Federal Wildlife Service

A bill that would eliminate caregivers from the state’s medical marijuana program continues to stir up controversy. But a lobbyist behind the bill says his client simply wants more regulation of the medical marijuana industry.

So-called caregivers are allowed to grow a small number of medical marijuana plants for a few patients. They’ve launched a campaign to discredit a bill that would replace caregivers with two growing and distribution centers. Lobbyist Peter Petrarca denies claims the bill would only benefit his client, Rhode Island Growers and Distributors LLC.

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Arts & Culture
8:58 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Rising Tide: Starting A Business, And A Family, At The Height Of A Recession

Jewelery maker Meghan and Benoit Devinat in their basement studio in Providence.
Credit Chuck Hinman / RIPR

As part of our new series “Rising Tide,” Rhode Island Public Radio is bringing you stories of life after the Great Recession. The economy is improving, but does a rising tide lift all boats, or are some Rhode Islanders still being left behind? In this next installment, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman visits a couple who started a small business, and a family, in the depths of the Great Recession.

 

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RI News
10:27 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Chairman Of The National Endowment For The Humanities Anounces RI Grants

The chairman of the nation endowment for the humanities visits Rhode Island today. Chairman William Adams will be announcing more than one-hundred thousand dollars in grants for the state. The grants are going to 14 different community organization around the state, including, Water Fire, RiverzEdge a youth arts program in Woonsocket and the Little Compton Historical Society.

Elizabeth Francis is the director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

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Education
10:13 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Report Finds RI Newborns Exposed To Drugs And Alcohol Nearly Doubled From 2006

The number of babies born with exposure to opioid drugs and alcohol nearly doubled in Rhode Island between 2006 and 2013. 

That’s one of the more startling facts in the new Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. Executive Director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant said unlike earlier drug problems, this one is not concentrated in urban areas.

“90 percent of babies born with drugs in their system, were born to white mothers and 32 percent lived in the four core cities, which means the majority of these cases are spread to the rest of Rhode Island,” said Bryant.

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