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Raimondo pushes free tuition plan

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:01:00 GMT

IT'S FOR HER: Governor Raimondo speaks to press at a free tuition rally on Wednesday.

17 Rhode Island lawmakers oppose high-speed rail bypass

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:46:51 GMT

A bipartisan group of Rhode Island legislators is opposing a plan to build a new Amtrak line that would speed up rail travel between Boston and New York City. Seventeen state lawmakers sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration this week expressing concern about the proposed bypass that would extend from Old Lyme, Connecticut, into southwestern Rhode Island.

News | Marzullo: Providence School Walkout Raises Question, Is Anyone in Charge?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:05:35 GMT

The recent public acknowledgement by Providence's new School Superintendent that he would take minimal action against an organized large scale high school student walk-out this Friday is both shocking and troubling. Providence high school students are being encouraged to leave school at 11AM and proceed to the State House to protest the proposed policies of the in-coming Trump administration.

News | Battle Looming Between Raimondo, Mattiello on RI Car Tax Repeal

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:35:58 GMT

Governor Gina Raimondo gave her State of the State speech on Tuesday night, touching upon her proposals to raise the minimum wage, give Rhode Island students two free years of college, and state retirees their first cost-of-living increase in five years. "The budget I'll send you on Thursday will cut every Rhode Islander's car tax by 30%," said Raimondo in her speech, "Putting more than $50 million back in your pockets."

Mother Charged for Allegedly Abducting Daughters in 1985 from Rhode Island

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:13:57 GMT

A mother who allegedly abducted her children from the Rhode Island home they shared with their father in 1985 has been found living in Texas under a different name, police said Tuesday. On Aug. 26, 1985, Russell Yates filed a missing persons complaint for his wife, Elaine C. Yates, and his two children, 3-year-old Kimberly and 10-month-old Kelly, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Mother Charged for Allegedly Abducting Daughters in 1985

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:13:56 GMT

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children posted age-progressed images on its website to show what Kimberly Yates, now 33, and Kelly Yates, now 30, might look like today. These images are not actual photos of the women today.

Affording an essential service

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:54:02 GMT

The cost of a basic municipal service disposal of trash is about to go up for all Rhode Island cities and towns with the exception of Johnston and Tiverton.

Delegation vows fight to save best of Obamacare

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:12:54 GMT

POLITICS AND MEDICINE: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse took a moment following Sunday's rally to talk with Brown University medical students.

Deer hunting season to open on Block Island

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:02:16 GMT

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says the season will open Tuesday at the island's Black Rock and Rodman Hollow and run through Feb. 10. DEM Director Janet Coit says the Black Rock hunt is a popular draw and is also a vital part of controlling the island's deer population. DEM is reminding the public that they should use caution while walking on trails around Black Rock.

Around the region

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:23:46 GMT

Several manhole explosions in Brockton's business district shortly after midnight on Monday led to road closures and brought emergency crews to the same area where 15 to 20 underground explosions occurred in July. The first reports of smoke early Monday came from behind a building on Main Street.

Rhode Island Governor Proposes Free 2-Year College Tuition

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:41:15 GMT

All Rhode Island students in good academic standing would qualify for two years of free tuition at any of the state's public colleges under a plan Gov. Gina Raimondo will present this week to the General Assembly as part of her fiscal 2018 budget. Although a handful of other states, including Tennessee and Oregon, offer their resident students free tuition at certain of their colleges -- community and technology schools, for example -- it is believed that Raimondo's plan would be the first in the nation to provide free tuition to students attending any of its public colleges, regardless of family income.

Acting tax administrator appointed permanently to the post

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:04:58 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Revenue says Neena S. Savage was selected to oversee the Rhode Island Division of Taxation. Savage became the acting tax administrator in December 2015.

Rhode Islanders rally to fight repeal of Obamacare

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:58:55 GMT

That's the message Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island's congressional delegation are sending to Republicans in Washington after their vote Friday to repeal Obamacare. She used to pay over $2,000 a year for her medicine.

Hundreds rally in Rhode Island in support of 'Obamacare'

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:58:54 GMT

Hundreds of people have gathered alongside a group of Rhode Island Democrats to protest Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Among those taking part in Sunday's rally at the Johnston Senior Center were both of Rhode Island's U.S. senators, its two U.S. representatives and Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Business | Lardaro Report: RI's Economy Falters in November

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:48:42 GMT

Rhode Island's economy continues to hang in there as we move into the final months of 2016. That is particularly encouraging as we witnessed several changes in the quality of our state's economic performance and its overall momentum as this year progressed.

Some Rhode Islanders still waiting on tax refunds

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:32:38 GMT

Loren Petisce filed her Rhode Island tax refund back in 2014. Refund deadlines for 2014 and 2015 have come and gone, yet still no check.

URI to reimburse 1,200 resident students who were overcharged

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:14:11 GMT

URI itself began an internal audit in late 2015 after receiving tips on its Ethics Hotline, and the state later began its review.  Kathy Collins, recently appointed vice president of URI's Student Affairs division, which oversees student housing, said the school is addressing all of the issues raised.  "We will use the results of the audit to strengthen our commitment to the creation of an efficient and effective operation that is focused on providing outstanding housing in an inclusive environment where students can be academically successful," Collins said.  Auditors found that URI did not follow its own policies or procedures - or did not have them - in several areas, and among its recommendations to "improve controls" were:   "Ensure fire, health and safety inspections are conducted and documented, including corrective actions taken."