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Green Party on Ballot for Special Election for Rhode Island State Senate Race

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:27:49 GMT

Rhode Island holds a special election to fill the vacant State Senate seat, 13th district, in Newport, on August 22. Four candidates will be on the ballot, a Democrat, a Republican, and independent, and a Green Party nominee, Gregory Larson.

Politics | Religious, Advocacy Groups Call for General Assembly to go Back in Session

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:27:22 GMT

More than 20 religious and advocacy groups sent a letter to the Rhode Island General Assembly calling for them to get back into session to completed the business left unfinished, including the 2018 budget. "Every day that goes by without a budget makes it harder to have a good revenue and spending plan for 2018.

New Signs Tell the Story of Rocky Point

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:38:50 GMT

Many Rhode Islanders of a certain age can come up with a list of Rocky Point memories like it was just yesterday. A new project unveiled Friday might give you a reason to revisit the park 22 years after it closed.

Last of Quonset museum's aircraft getting shipped out

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:13:44 GMT

On Route 4, there's a sign for the Quonset Air Museum. But the museum's been closed for over 2 years now, and today one of the last remaining historic aircraft was being packed up and shipped out.

Politics | NEW: Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:54:22 GMT

The New York Times reports that that Spicer quit after disagreeing with Trump appointing financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. In Rhode Island, Spicer was supposed to have headlined a big GOP fundraiser earlier in the month -- that GoLocal was first to report was then canceled.

Live Videos | Progressive Dem's Bell Likens Raimondo's Medicaid Cuts to Trumpcare

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:02:46 GMT

Sam Bell, the former Chair of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America , criticized Governor Gina Raimondo's move to take 20,000 Rhode Islanders of the Medicaid rolls -- comparing the move to something President Donald Trump would do under his [now tenuous] healthcare reform plans. "The same policies that she's saying are wrong when Trump does them, she can't go ahead and do the same things in Rhode Island and think it won't do the same damage Trumpcare will," said Bell.

News | Roger Williams Names Democratic Consultant Domenzain Director of Latino Policy Institute

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:15:06 GMT

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University to help Rhode Islanders appreciate not only the challenges Latinos face but their vast contributions to Rhode Island's economy and cultural richness," said Domenzain "I am delighted to welcome Gabriela Domenzain to the Roger Williams University family. She has a national reputation as a spokesperson for Latino issues and couples a first-rate education with excellent political connections.

Business | RI Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.2% in June, Employment...

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:36:05 GMT

The Rhode Island unemployment rate rose to 4.2 percent in the month of June, up one-tenth of a percentage point from May, announced the RI Department of Labor and Training on Thursday. But overall employment is back up to pre-Great Recession levels.

$12.2M returned by Unclaimed Property Division

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:56:19 GMT

Rhode Island's Unclaimed Property Division processed 10,070 claims, returning more than $12.2 million in property to its rightful owners in the fiscal year ending on June 30, Treasurer Seth Magaziner has announced.

Benjamin Riggs Laurence Ehrhardt Rhode Island Manufacturers...

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:04:30 GMT

BENJAMIN RIGGS; LAURENCE EHRHARDT; and RHODE ISLAND MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiffs, Appellants, v. MARGARET CURRAN, PAUL ROBERTI, and HERBERT DESIMONE, JR., in their official capacity as members of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission; NARRAGANSETT ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., d/b/a NATIONAL GRID; and DEEPWATER WIND BLOCK ISLAND, LLC, Defendants, Appellees.

Should Rhode Island bring Amtrak service to T.F. Green?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:04:29 GMT

Rhode Island transportation officials and business leaders have long asked what it would take to bring Amtrak to T.F. Green Airport.

St. Gregory Church wins $5,000 grant to create community garden

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:04:28 GMT

A Warwick church is among dozens of organizations that will benefit from nearly $225,000 in grants to fund community-building projects across the state The Rhode Island Foundation announced last week.

Politics | Is the Battle for Newport Senate Seat the Preview to 2018 Elections in RI?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:15:52 GMT

Newport and Jamestown are set to vote in August. Does the result serve as a bellwether for next year's elections? On one side is a Progressive Democratic candidate fresh off an upset win over the old school Democrats for the seat of Teresa Paiva Weed.

Raimondo announces Governor's Bay Day 2017 new

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:45:31 GMT

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday visited Roger Wheeler State Beach to sign an Executive Order announcing that the 29th Governor's Bay Day celebration will take place on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Governor's Bay Day will include free parking at all Rhode Island state beaches, as well as fishing in Rhode Island's saltwaters without a fishing license.

Speaker, Senate president have 'productive' budget meeting

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:21:44 GMT

Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio have indicated they may be close to resolving the state budget impasse. Mattiello said in a statement Tuesday that he and Ruggerio had a "very productive meeting" over coffee.

A neighborhood problem

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:05:44 GMT

In 2012 Sandra Coletta, then CEO and president of Kent Hospital, looked at hospital records and was alarmed to discover the number of deaths resulting from overdoses of prescription drugs.

Politics | New Poll: Raimondo's Approval Rating Second Worst in New England

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:05:43 GMT

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has an approval rating of 43% in the latest ranking released Tuesday by Morning Consult. The list of "Most and Least Popular Governors" saw Massachusetts' Charlie Baker take the top spot for approval nationwide at 71% -- and Raimondo come in fifth in New England, with struggling Connecticut's Dan Molloy at 27%, who Morning Consult noted "remains the most unpopular Democratic governor in the country."