Rhode Island

Politics
1:26 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Bill Creates Freshman Caucus in RI House

A bill has been introduced in the Rhode Island House to form a Freshman Caucus. It’s sponsored by newly elected Representative John Lombardi of Providence.

He says 21 percent of the chamber is now made up of either first-time elected officials or those returning after a hiatus. The new, he says, can sometimes get lost in the not-so-new. 

As proposed in the Lombardi bill, after the Freshman Caucus has served for two consecutive sessions it would be dissolved and a new Freshman Caucus would be formed from among the then newly-elected members.

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RI News
1:21 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Family Hopes Facebook Video Will Reach Missing Brown Student

Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi has been missing since March 16th.
Credit Tripathi family

It’s been a little over three weeks since Brown University philosophy major Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi disappeared. His family has posted an online video in hopes of reaching out to him.

The video, which will be posted on Facebook, contains messages of love from Sunny Tripathi’s family, who remain in Providence looking for him.  The missing man’s brother, Ravi Tripathi, says the hope is that Sunny will see it and come home.

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RIPTA
12:40 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

RIPTA Interim CEO Retiring from State Police

The number two man at the Rhode Island State Police is retiring next week. Deputy Superintendent Raymond Studley is stepping down after 22 years on the job.

His future with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is unclear.  Studley has been running RIPTA since last summer, when a camera was found covered over in a room where money is counted. 

RIPTA board chairman Scott Avedisian says no decision has been made on whether the agency will retain Studley. His title at RIPTA is interim CEO.

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RI News
11:54 am
Thu April 4, 2013

State Police Seeking Man Who Threatened to Kill a State Trooper

State Police looking for man who threatened to kill a state trooper.
Credit File / RIPR

State police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who called the Warren Police Department two months ago threatening to kill a state trooper.

It happened on February 8th. A man called Warren police saying that a Rhode Island trooper would be assassinated within the next 72 hours. The caller was upset that police did not lodge criminal charges against the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that claimed the life of a woman and her unborn child.

The call originated from a pay phone in Central Falls.

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RI News
10:33 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Pleau’s Lawyers Argue Death Penalty Unconstitutional

The pre-trial legal wrangling over accused killer Jason Pleau took on new dimensions Wednesday when his attorney told a federal judge the death penalty is unconstitutional and should be taken off the table in his case. Pleau is one of three people charged with the killing of Woonsocket gas station manager David Main in 2010. 

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Gun Control Legislation
4:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed: Background Checks Need to Stay in the Bill

Senator Jack Reed says he thinks background checks would be effective in curbing gun violence. The New York Times reports that opposition to background checks is holding back federal gun control legislation.

Reed says he hopes background checks stay in the bill. “You know if we can’t get the background checks through there’s not much we’re doing in response to one of the great tragedies of recent years,” says Reed.

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Religion
3:59 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Disabled RI Boy Kissed by Pope Francis

The image of a Johnston, Rhode Island boy being cradled and kissed by Pope Francis has brought people around the world to tears. Now, his parents are speaking out about the extraordinary encounter.

It happened Easter morning after Mass. Among the thousands of people who thronged St. Peter’s Square to see newly installed Pope Francis, the pontiff chose to stop his Popemobile to hug eight-year-old Dominic Gondreau of Johnston.

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Rhode Island Veterans
1:11 am
Tue April 2, 2013

West Warwick Veterans Home Named After Fallen RI Marine

A housing facility for disabled veterans will be dedicated Tuesday afternoon to a fallen Rhode Island Marine.

Seven years ago today, Marine Sgt. Brian St. Germain was riding in a truck across Iraq when it rolled over in a flash flood. The Rhode Island chapter of Operation Stand Down is honoring St. Germain’s life and service, by putting his name on its West Warwick facility for homeless and disabled veterans.

Operation Stand Down’s Tony DeQuattro says this is part of a push that started two years ago to rename all of their facilities after fallen troops. 

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RI Sequestration Cuts
1:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Rhode Island Will Soon Feel Effects of Sequestration Cuts

Sequestration cuts will eliminate some 200 slots for kids enrolled in Rhode Island's Head Start program.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

It’s been a month since the so-called “sequestration” cuts went into effect, the $85 billion in slashed federal spending for the rest of 2013.  Although the Defense Department will shoulder half the cuts, the Rhode Island National Guard says it has heard of no immediate changes. But the hammer’s coming down on social service programs.

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RI News
1:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Several Tips but No Solid Leads on Missing Brown Student

Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi has been missing since March 16th,
Credit Tripathi Family Photo

The family of a missing Brown student says while tips are pouring in, there are still no significant leads. The 22-year-old has been missing since March 16th.  Providence Police had said that the family thought Sunil Tripathi committed suicide, but the family is now ruling that out.

The father of Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi  says every day the family calls homeless shelters, hospitals and is plastering fliers up in areas his son liked to visit, hoping that someone knows where he is.

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