Rhode Island

Politics
9:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Competing Same-Sex Marriage Bills Due for a Hearing

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday afternoon on two competing bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. One key area of debate is the extent of exceptions for clergy and small businesses in recognizing same-sex marriages.

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Business
8:48 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Local Restaurants' Strategy Against Counterfeit Bills

Credit courtesy GreggsUSA.com

A chain of Rhode Island restaurants has instituted a new policy aimed at cracking down on the passers of counterfeit bills.

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RI News
7:59 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Providence Given Thumbs Down for Housing Investors

Providence has been named one of the most dangerous markets for real estate investors.  HomeVestors of America along with Local Market Monitor has ranked 38 markets as "dangerous"  for those looking to buy homes as rental properties.  Providence ranks number-26 and is the largest city on the list.

HomeVestors President Ingo Winzer says cities with a “dangerous” rating have a combination of high unemployment or weak job growth as well as falling, or weak, home prices.  

Education
4:47 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Bill Would Make In-State Tuition for Immigrants Law

Lawmakers hold press conference at the Statehouse on bill giving immigrants in-state tuition.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Two Providence lawmakers are throwing their support behind a bill that would upgrade in-state college tuition for undocumented students from a state policy to a state law. It’s a bill that’s been introduced before.

Two years ago the Board of Governors for Higher Education signed off on a policy that provides in-state tuition for undocumented students who have attended a Rhode Island high school for at least three years. State Senator Juan Pichardo of Providence says it’s time to upgrade that policy to a state law.

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Student Loans
3:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Student Loan Program Provides Relief in Exchange for Internships

Rhode Island College Campus
Credit courtesy RIC.edu

Internships are generally unpaid. But they will pay off handsomely under a new program announced Tuesday by the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority.  Starting May 1st the Authority, known as RISLA, will forgive $2,000 of a student’s loan if he or she completes an internship worth three credit hours. It will be forgiven upon graduation. 

RISLA director Charles Kelley says the idea is to stem the brain drain, the practice of promising young college students leaving the state for lack of work.

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RI News
3:18 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Flood Awareness Week in Rhode Island

Credit Catherine Welch; RIPR

This week is Flood Awareness Week.  The week is a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and encourages New England residents to be vigilant as we enter into our rainier seasons. 

This month marks the third anniversary of the major flooding that hit the Rhode Island, which resulted in damage statewide.

You can learn more about flood safety by visiting http://www.ready.gov/floods

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Morning News Podcast
10:39 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Most adults failed a mock NECAP test.  Glass could be used as cover material at the state landfill under a proposed bill.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
3:08 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Congressman Langevin Witnesses Investiture of Pope Francis

Congressman Jim Langevin witnessed the induction of Pope Francis
Credit Congressman Jim Langevin's Office

Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin was among the 200,000 people who thronged Vatican City Tuesday for the installation mass of Pope Francis. The Catholic congressman called it one of the most meaningful and spiritual experiences of his life.

Langevin was part of a congressional delegation that represented the United States at the investiture of Pope Francis.  The Rhode Island democrat says he was thrilled and honored to be there.

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Morning News Podcast
9:39 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A winter mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain makes the morning commute slippery.  URI says it has a record number of admission applications.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
8:34 am
Tue March 19, 2013

EthicsHeldHostage.com Protests Recent General Assembly Vote

RI House of Representatives
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A good government group has created a web site to protest what it calls the unprecedented wiping out of a legislative vote.

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