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R.I. House Speaker faces challenge from Independent candidate

October 16, 2012 0 comments

Independent candidate Mark Binder is challenging Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, in the Nov. 6 election to represent District 4.

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Election roundup

October 16, 2012 0 comments

President Obama retains a slight lead in the polls against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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Gambling legislation may bolster R.I. economy

October 16, 2012 2 comments

Rhode Island voters will cast ballots Nov. 6 on a measure that would open state-operated full-scale casino gambling in Rhode Island’s two casinos – Twin River Casino in Lincoln and the Newport Grand in Newport.

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Nine years later, site of nightclub fire memorialized

October 4, 2012 0 comments

Raymond Villanova, owner of the property that formerly housed the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, voluntarily signed the land’s deed over to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation Sept. 28. The nightclub burned down in 2003 after pyrotechnics ignited the building, killing 100 people and injuring hundreds more.

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Congressional races heat up

October 2, 2012 0 comments

The first debate of the 2012 presidential campaign will take place tomorrow at 9 p.m. on cable and network news channels.

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Betaspring open house draws politicians, mentors

October 2, 2012 0 comments

Senators, representatives and other government officials addressed a packed room Sept. 27 at the fall open house for Betaspring, a startup accelerator located in Providence’s Knowledge District. The audience energetically welcomed the 13 new startups participating in Betaspring’s fall session.

University News

Higher ed roundup: Oct. 2, 2012

October 2, 2012 0 comments

In a letter to alums last Thursday, Grinnell College announced it would consider amending its financial aid policies, prompting rumors that the college could end its need-blind admissions policy, though nothing in the letter explicitly referenced such a plan.

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Chafee decriminalizes pot possession in small quantities

June 15, 2012 0 comments

Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 signed into law June 13 a bill decriminalizing the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, making Rhode Island the 15th state to lessen the punishment for individuals found possessing small quantities of marijuana.

Web update: Community reacts to deal with Providence

May 2, 2012 2 comments

After months of negotiation, the University has committed to contributing $31.5 million to Providence over the next 11 years in lieu of taxes. At a press conference Tuesday morning, President Ruth Simmons warned of the strain increased payments would place on the University.

R.I. public colleges may implement RIPTA fee

April 26, 2012 0 comments

  Students at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities may soon see a tuition increase of $100 as part of a measure to raise funds for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. A bill currently under discussion in the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee would assess a $50 per-semester public transportation fee on students, a measure that has raised concerns in the state’s higher education community.