Rhode Island

Politics
8:03 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Same-sex marriage bill passes easily in Rhode Island House

House Speaker Gordon Fox beams from the rostrum shortly after the bill passed.
Credit Catherine Welch

“Just pass it.” That’s what House Speaker Gordon Fox says he wants the senate president to do with the same-sex marriage bill that passed last night and is now heading to the senate. The House vote was not only an historic vote, but an emotional one.

During nearly 90 minutes of debate a handful of representatives spoke out against the measure. Arthur Corvese, a North Providence democrat, was one of them.

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RI News
9:24 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Housing rebounds in RI

The fourth quarter report on housing sales in Rhode Island during 2012 is filled with good news.  The report issued by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors says that median prices for single-family homes, multi-family home and condominiums all increased. In addition foreclosures and short sales dropped for all three categories.   

In the single-family home market the Association reports sales activity went up by 25 percent and the median price increased five-percent to 195-thousand-dollars.  The market between buyers and sellers was evenly matched.

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RI News
5:07 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Abortion foes mark 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade by rallying at the RI Statehouse

Some 200 people rallied against abortion in the Statehouse on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Credit Flo Jonic

Former Boston Mayor and Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn was the keynote speaker at a Statehouse event marking the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Flynn was a guest of Rhode Island Right to Life which stages a protest every year on the anniversary of the controversial ruling.   He told about 200 people assembled that they should take pride in the work they do.

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Education
7:21 am
Tue January 22, 2013

State officials to review school safety

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Rhode Island State Senate is holding a hearing Tuesday afternoon on School Safety in the state.    In attendance will be state public safety and emergency preparedness officials along with Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

This hearing follows the fatal shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Connecticut last month.  26 students and staff were killed at the school.  In addition the gunman killed his mother and himself.

Politics
7:16 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Lawmakers consider further protection from utility shut-offs

(PROVIDENCE, RI)There are two bills on the agenda of the Rhode Island House Committee on Corporations Tuesday related to public utility companies.  

One would block utility companies from shutting off the service of any customer on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or state holiday.

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RI News
6:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Overnight snow delays some schools, makes driving tougher

Downtown Providence
Credit Lydia Rogers

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The National Weather Service says the snow will stop and it will be cold the rest of the week.  For the latest information on RI school closings and delays click here. 

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Politics
8:09 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed: Obama's gun plan is sensible

Sen. Jack Reed
Credit Jack Reed

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The President rolled out a plan last week to curb gun violence, and Electric Boat announced more jobs are on the way for its facility in Quonset. These are just a few topics Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay touched on when he sat down with Senator Jack Reed.


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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Education
7:26 am
Fri January 18, 2013

RISD library makes list of best in the world

Fleet Library at RISD
Credit RISD.edu

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design is listed on "The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World."    The list was compiled based on unique, beautiful or intriguing architecture as judged by BestMastersPrograms.org.

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Business
7:08 am
Fri January 18, 2013

RI employment picture improving

(PROVIDENCE, RI)  Governor Lincoln Chafee says the latest jobless data shows Rhode Island’s economy is on the mend.  But the unemployment rate is still in double digits and still the highest in New England.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate went from 10.4 percent in November to 10.2 percent in December.  But that’s not why the Governor called the news media to his office to  trumpet the data.  He’s energized by five key metrics used to calculate the jobless figure – all of which are moving in the right direction for only the second time in six years.
 

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Politics
9:33 am
Wed January 16, 2013

RI to hear governor's budget proposal

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Credit Catherine Welch

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Gov. Lincoln Chafee gives his annual state-of-the-state speech Wednesday before a joint meeting of the General Assembly. The governor is expected to discuss the state’s stalled economy in his remarks.

Rhode Island Public Radio is airing the State of the Speech live along with analysis from the political team. Coverage starts at 7 p.m.

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