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Richard Baccari, Sr. the head of development company Churchill and Banks, is stepping down after forty years with the company.  Churchill and Banks rose to prominence developing supermarkets across the state, as well as the Lincoln Mall, and T.F. Green Airport parking lot

Oh,  the delicious ironies of Rhode Island politics: Gov. Gina Raimondo posed with a flock of mayors and local officials this afternoon to tout her new executive order that is meant to help Rhode Island cities and towns save money.

As part of her executive order, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, the former Cumberland mayor, will lead an effort to talk to municipal leaders and get their ideas for saving taxpayer dollars, according to RIPR’s report by our political reporter, the intrepid Ian Donnis.

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Once again, a Rhode Island General Assembly member has been arrested.Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay on why the charges against Rep. Joseph Almeida don’t fit the usual pattern.

The Rhode Island state police have nabbed Providence State Rep. Almeida for allegedly misappropriating about $6,000 in campaign money for personal use.

Gov. Gina Raimondo is establishing a "RI Pay Equity Tip Line"  so that Rhode Islanders can report employers who violate the state law that bans gender-based wage discrimination.

The tip line, at 401-462-9243, is run by the state Department of Labor and Training. DLT is the agency that enforces labor laws and investigates wage complaints and hiring discrimination.

"In Rhode Island we want to make sure work pays," said Raimondo in a news release. "Ensuring paycheck fairness is important for women, it creates opportunities for families, and it strengthens the economy."

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Big changes are in the offing for Rhode Island public education policy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s at stake.

After six years as Rhode Island’s top education guru, education commissioner Deborah Gist is headed to her native Tulsa to become school superintendent. Eva-Marie Mancuso, chairwoman of the state education board, is out. Barbara Cottam is slated to become the new leader of the board as Gov. Gina Raimondo puts her stamp on arguably the most important mission of government, educating  the young.

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Rhode Islanders have been transfixed lately by snow drifts and the Super Bowl. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to look ahead to spring and the return of baseball.

Has dealing with that white mountain in your driveway reminded you that one never has to shovel humidity? Do you yearn for a sport where the balls can be scuffed, but not deflated?

In case you haven’t had enough Super Bowl hype, here’s one more thing for New England fans to chew on: Roger Staubach, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback who was MVP of Super Bowl Vi in 1972, is predicting the Pats to defeat Seattle Sunday.

Staubach, who is now in the commercial real estate business as executive chairman of JLL, said in a news release that he expects a close game but that New England will emerge the winner.

Gov. Gina Raimondo, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and Green State Airport officials will announce today that the new airline flying from the airport will be TACV Cabo Verde, the national carrier of Cape Verde, which will offer flights to Portugal, the Azores and Cape Verde, sources tell Rhode Island Public Radio.

The announcement is scheduled for this afternoon at the airport. TACV is the second airline since September to disclose plans to fly from Green. In September, Condor Airlines officials said they planned to offer seasonal flights to Germany.

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Cutting taxes is all the rage at the Rhode Island Statehouse.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why lawmakers are talking about tax cuts before dealing with the red ink in the state budget.

Take a stroll through the corridors of  McKim, Mead and White’s marble palace on Smith Hill and you’ll likely bump into a lawmaker with a plan to cut taxes.

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R.I. state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has confirmed that she is a finalist for the Superintendent of Schools post in her home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gist's statement came after the Tulsa World newspaper reported that she is a finalist for the post.

Funeral services for Sister Ann are scheduled for Friday, January 23rd at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence.

Tributes are pouring in for Sister Anne Keefe, who died Sunday. She was just 62 years old. Keefe was known for standing for the less fortunate.  She was part of the St. Michael the Archangel church in South Providecnce.  Keefe's work for social justice earned her a mention earlier this month in Governor Gina Raimondo’s inaugural address.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza ordered city flags to fly at half-staff after learning of her death.

The Rhode Island General Assembly’s Rev. Dr. Martln Luther King Jr., celebration will be held on Monday, January 19th at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Cranston Street in Providence.

The official celebration of the civil rights leader’s life is free and open to the public, says Rep. Raymond Hull, D-Providence, chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission.

Hull will serve as master of ceremonies for the event and Sen. Harold Metts, D-Providence, will also have a speaking role and will lead a Pledge of Non-Violence.

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Warwick has become a Rhode Island economic success story. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses what the rest of us can learn from the state’s second-largest city.

One afternoon about 15 years ago, Lincoln Chafee and Scott Avedisian hiked up to the top of the parking garage at Green State Airport. As jets lifted off,  they looked at the huge swatches of undeveloped land nearby. Both quickly came to the same conclusion.

Continuing the themes of her gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Gina Raimondo took office as Rhode Island’s first female governor this afternoon with a pledge to work diligently to improve the state’s struggling economy.

Raimondo, 43, a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard University graduate, projected optimism and a can-do attitude as she delivered her inaugural address under snow flurries and a January chill on the south steps of the State House.

Mayor Jorge Elorza pledged to build a `New Providence’  amid an improving economy  as he delivered his inaugural address this afternoon on the chilly, sun-splashed steps  of Providence’s Beaux-Arts City Hall.

Elorza, the second consecutive mayor of Latino descent tied his immigrant family’s journey  with Providence’s history as a welcoming city for generations of the newly arrived and emphasized the need for a new economic order.