Rhode Island

RI News
1:05 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

RI Officials Remember Fallen Heroes

State officials gathered this morning to remember Rhode Islanders who made the ultimate sacrifice.  The Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Garden of Heroes, outside of the state capitol building.  Gov. Lincoln Chafee, joined other officials to honor those who have fought for our country. 

“It’s a day of memory for those who died in great service for our nation, and mixed in with the fun of the barbeque, and the family events," said Chafee.  "I’m sure that everybody does pause at some time, to remember as they well should.” 

RI News
4:18 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Tax Hike For Woonsocket Residents

A tax hike is on the way for Woonsocket residents. The House has passed a supplemental tax leaving home owners with additional $240 dollars a year 5 year period.  The tax will help close the city’s 17 million dollar budget gap. Woonsocket City Councilman Roger Jalette says he does not support the proposal.

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RI News
12:43 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

RI Supreme Court Upholds Pona Murder Conviction

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man charged in the slaying of a 15-year-old murder witness in 2000.

Charles Pona was charged with arranging the death of witness Jennifer Rivera. Rivera was approached by a gunman as she was skipping rope in front of her house on Providence’s South Side. She was killed to prevent her from testifying against Pona in a murder case.

In rejecting Pona’s appeal of his conviction, the Supreme Court said he’s had his day in court after two trials and two appeals and that the rule of law has prevailed.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

RI Senate Votes to Hike Minimum Wage to $8

Lawmakers are looking to raise Rhode Island's minimum wage to $8 an hour.

The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that hikes the state’s minimum wage to $8 an hour.

When Rhode Island’s minimum wage jumped from to $7.40 to $7.75 on January 1st, it was the first raise the state had given minimum wage workers in five years. Now lawmakers are looking at bumping it up again to $8 an hour.

That would match Massachusetts’ minimum wage but come under Vermont’s at $8.60 an hour.

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38 Studios
2:54 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

38 Studios Lawyers: Curt Schilling Hid Nothing From RI

Video game company 38 Studios went bankrupt after receiving a $75-million loan from the state.
Credit RIPR

Lawyers for the defunct 38 Studios video game company were back in court Wednesday, asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The suit alleges that executives of the defunct Curt Schilling enterprise deliberately misled state officials about the financial viability of the company to gain a $75 million state-backed loan.

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RI News
1:31 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

RI Commuters say They Feel Safe on Amtrak

Five days after the train derailment accident in Connecticut, Amtrak travelers at the Providence train station say they remain confident about train travel through Amtrak.  One traveler named Paul Murphy, who was headed to Washington DC, says he’s a veteran of train travel.

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RI News
7:46 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

PawSox Last Win Before The Road

The PawSox came out with their second win in the 4 game series against the Indianapolis Indians at McCoy stadium Tuesday.  The Pawsox were ahead 9 – 6 before the 8th inning until the Indians hit a home run scoring two points. The PawSox still came out on top ultimately carrying out a 9 – 8 win.  Manager Gary Disarcina had this to say about the PawSox current schedule. 

“We are excited to enjoy our day off and I think you know day offs don’t come around here..  So we are going to enjoy our day off and then we will get back at it with Louisville, and play baseball!”

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Business
2:42 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

RI Youth Hit Hardest by Sluggish Economy

Rhode Island teens and young adults are seeing double the state's unemployment rate.

You think it’s tough finding a job in Rhode Island if you’re an adult, try being someone just starting out.  A new report shows the youth unemployment rate in Rhode Island is nearly twice the adult rate.

The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 8.8 percent. But for people aged 16 to 24, it’s 17 percent. That, according to the youth advocacy group “Young Invincibles,” which based its conclusions on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Legislation that Makes School Safety Plans Secret Worries Open Govt' Groups

Bills in both the House and Senate keep details of school safety plans out of the public record.
Credit file / RIPR

A handful of open government groups are urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to block legislation that would shroud school safety plans in secrecy. 

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Boston Marathon Explosions
3:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

RI Trooper Who Aided Bombing Victims: I'm No Hero

State Trooper Roupen Bastijian finished the Boston Marathon just minutes before the first bomb went off.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Rhode Island state trooper who went to the aid of victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is speaking out publicly about his experience for the first time.  The trooper rejects any suggestion that he’s a hero.

Trooper Roupen Bastajian has participated in five marathons. But the April 15th Boston Marathon was the first one he completed running all the way. He decided to compete because it was the 117th running of the Boston Marathon and 117 is his badge number.

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