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Politics | Workers Co-Op Legislation and Constitutional Reforms...

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:39:04 GMT

Workers co-op legislation is introduced, Minority Whip Filippi introduced constitutional reforms and much more. This week at the State House.




Rhode Island Republican Leader Seeks to Repeal Truck-Only Toll Law

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:19:42 GMT

The Rhode Island General Assembly's top Republican unveiled legislation aimed at undoing a truck-only toll law backed by the governor and opposed by state and national trucking associations. The legislation, sponsored by House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan, would repeal provisions that impose tolls on large commercial trucks under Gov. Gina Raimondo's "RhodeWorks" law.




Updated Opioid Use Regulations Take Effect in Rhode Island

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:48:28 GMT

Updated regulations intended to make the prescribing of opioids more judicious and safe in Rhode Island are now in effect, marking the implementation of a major component of the Strategic Plan developed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. "These updated pain management regulations focus on dosing limitations to help reshape how we as healthcare providers had been taught how to approach opioid therapy, and to make sure that we're only prescribing what's actually needed for the treatment of acute pain," said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health .




Rhode Island lawmakers have nearly 2,000 bills to consider

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:42:11 GMT

The Rhode Island General Assembly has a lot of work to do when it returns from this week's spring break. There have been 1,119 bills introduced in the state House of Representatives, and 777 in the Senate, since the session began in January.




News | 10 Babies Dead in RI in 26 Months, 2 New Near Deaths & Little Outrage

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:53:43 GMT

Twenty children were recently killed in Syria in a deadly gas attack. The images of the dead children sparked President Donald Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at a key military airport in response to the killings.




State officials warn not to attract bears with food

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:50:03 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says increasing bear populations in the region have led to more frequent sightings, especially in rural areas of Providence, Kent and Washington counties. DEM says black bears may visit bird feeders, beehives, chicken coops, rabbit hutches and compost piles looking for food in the spring, when food is scarce.




Sales tax cut considered in Rhode Island

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:45:40 GMT

Rhode Island state lawmakers are considering a proposal to cut the sales tax, but they want to study it first. A bill introduced Friday proposes a special legislative commission that would look at reducing the sales tax to 3 percent from the current 7 percent.




'Rhode Lawyer' gets mileage out of mobile law practice

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:20:39 GMT

In a state where residents have a reputation for not straying too far from home, Providence attorney Lawrence J. Signore has hit upon an idea that is resonating with Rhode Islanders who need legal services. While managing a general practice with an emphasis on personal injury and workers' compensation, Signore doesn't limit his ... Complete access to news articles on this website is available to Daily Record subscribers who are logged in.




Rhode Island student kicked out of school for refusing the HPV vaccine

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:58:33 GMT

Schools in Rhode Island's Coventry District are taking the vaccine mandates to new heights. Recently, three middle school students were quarantined at school until a parent or guardian came to take them home.




Legislation introduced to repeal Rhode Island truck toll law

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:08:27 GMT

Morgan's bill would repeal the provisions of the general laws that created the "Rhode Island Bridge Replacement, Reconstruction and Maintenance Fund Act of 2016," also known as "RhodeWorks, which will impose tolls on large commercial trucks. RhodeWorks is the road-improvement funding plan proposed by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, which calls for the repair of the state's deteriorating bridges.




Politics | The Battle Over Marijuana Heats Up at RI State House

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:28:14 GMT

Rhode Island's battle over the legalization of marijuana hit a new level of political fever as both sides rolled out their big political guns and their strongest arguments at Tuesday's State House Judiciary Committee hearing. With Massachusetts approving the legalization of marijuana - then delaying its implementation - Rhode Island is feeling the pressure to try and capture as much tax dollars as possible.




News | Ri Dem Warns of Black Bears Coming Out of Hibernation

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:38:09 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is reminding residents to remove potential food sources from their properties due to black bears coming out of hibernation. "Given the scarcity of food in the spring, black bears may visit bird feeders, beehives, chicken coops, rabbit hutches, and compost piles in search of food.




Health | RI Department of Health Warns of Recall on Gluten-Free Chocolate Kokosh Cake

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:26:34 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Health is warning consumers that Orthodox Baking is recalling its 16-ounce packages of Oberlander Gluten Free Brand Chocolate Kokosh Cake due to undeclared almond paste. The product comes in a 16-ounce, clear plastic package with a wraparound label.




Room to improve concludes latest Kids Count data

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:47:57 GMT

State leaders say the Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook, released on Monday, makes a case for continued action on both state and national levels.




Gresh Returns To Providence Airwaves

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:07:47 GMT

Sports-hungry New Englanders get another side on their plate when Andy Gresh returns to the Providence airwaves as the new 6-9 p.m. host at WPRO-AM. Gresh will talk Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins, as well as Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Brown, and Bryant.




News | EDITORIAL: The House Passed the Stupidest and Most Insulting Bill - Maybe Ever

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:44:46 GMT

At a time when there is almost collective agreement that our police and fire departments should reflect the community in which they serve, the Rhode Island House of Representatives recently passed legislation sponsored by Rep. David A. Bennett "to eliminate requirements that firefighters or police officers in Rhode Island live within the state." This legislation is, at best, misguided on three levels.




Rhode Island pot legalization proponents push for vote

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:59:31 GMT

Rhode Island state legislators hoping to legalize recreational marijuana say they have enough support to pass a bill if it comes to a vote this spring in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly. Rep. Scott Slater, a Providence Democrat and legalization proponent, said taking action this year would allow Rhode Island to have regulations and a new source of tax revenue in place before retail marijuana stores open over the border in Massachusetts.