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November 25, 2014
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Politics
General Assembly starts the New Year by working By IAN DONNIS
High unemployment, same-sex marriage and the state budget are among the top issues facing the General Assembly as it starts a new session Tuesday.
2012 News Countdown: Central Falls elects a new mayor By CATHERINE WELCH
It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio's counting down the ten biggest stories of 2012. At number four - is Central Fall's emergence from bankruptcy and new leadership.
You can't read the tea leaves for RI politics By SCOTT MACKAY
With a new year comes the inevitable round of Rhode Island political prognosticating. Anybody who says they know what is going to happen probably doesn't.
Rep. Morgan calls for RI to comply with gun background check rules By KRISTIN GOURLAY
State representative Patricia Morgan is calling on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to step up efforts to restrict gun ownership by people with mental illness.
Political Roundtable: The new ed board & pension overhaul By IAN DONNIS
A change in plans for the new state Board of Education, and what's next for Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable with WPRI digital reporter Ted Nesi and University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley and host, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.
Governor Chafee reflects on year past and year coming By IAN DONNIS
A persistently high unemployment rate and the fate of last year's pension overhaul in mediation are some of the top issues facing the state starting next month. Governor Lincoln Chafee recently sat down to discuss those and other issues with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.
Gov. Chafee on settling pension issue By IAN DONNIS
Governor Lincoln Chafee says he and the General Assembly have most of the authority to approve a settlement in a legal challenge to last year's landmark pension overhaul.
2012 News Countdown: Providence finances By IAN DONNIS
Once again, it was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio's counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number 10 is Providence's finances.
Fung weighing the 2014 Governor's race By FLO JONIC
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says he's giving serious thought to running for governor in 2014. However, Fung says his first priority is putting Cranston on solid financial footing.
Political Roundtable: there will be a revived discussion on gun control By IAN DONNIS
The political aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, and John Robitaille takes himself out of the Republican field for governor in 2014. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. With special guest Donna Perry of the RI Statewide Coalition.
Robitaille not trying again for governor's seat By IAN DONNIS
The Republican who placed second in the 2010 governor's race, John Robitaille, says he won't be a candidate in 2014. The possible GOP candidates for governor in 2014 include Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and former state police superintendent Brendan Doherty.
RI Senate leader looks ahead to 2013 By IAN DONNIS
A persistently high unemployment rate and same-sex marriage are some of the top issues facing the General Assembly in the session starting next month. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed recently sat down to discuss those and other issues with Rhode Island Public Radio.
Many unemployed at risk of losing benefits By FLO JONIC
Some jobless Rhode Islanders will soon have more to worry about than a long phone wait. As of the end of the year, roughly nine thousand residents - more than a third of the state's unemployment insurance recipients - will lose benefits.
Providence College gets street, the city gains revenue By FLO JONIC
Providence College has agreed to pay the city close to four million dollars over the next 10 years under a payment-in-lieu-of taxes (PILOT) deal negotiated by Mayor Angel Taveras. In exchange for the payments, the city has agreed to turn over to Providence College portions of three streets including Huxley Avenue, which bisects the campus.
State ordered into mediation over pension reform lawsuit By IAN DONNIS
A Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered the two sides in Rhode Island's pension case to try to settle their differences through mediation. Five public sector unions are suing the state, arguing that it went too far in cutting retirement benefits.
30 Rock actor helps Central Falls library expand hours By LYDIA ROGERS
The Central Falls Adams Memorial Library is calling itself "the little library that could" as it continues to find ways to provide services to the community, even as the city recovers from bankruptcy. The latest source of help is actor Alec Baldwin who donated $5,000 Monday.
Same sex marriage law heading to both chambers of RI General Assembly By IAN DONNIS
The head of the Rhode Island Senate is committing to a committee vote on same-sex marriage in the legislative session starting in January. However the outlook for the bill in the Senate remains unclear.
Institute for nonviolence lays off 1/3 staff By FLO JONIC
The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence has been forced to lay off more than a third of its staff because of cuts in state and federal funding. The layoff notices were issued Friday - the same day a man walked into a Connecticut elementary school and killed 26 people.
New CIO keeping tabs on RI pension system By CATHERINE WELCH
Rhode Island has a new person in charge of managing the state's $7 billion pension system. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo has appointed Anne-Marie Fink as the state's new chief investment officer.
What's next for Central Falls By IAN DONNIS
The mayor-elect of Central Falls, James Diossa, stopped by our studio to talk about his victory and what's next for the city.