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State budget proposal cuts funding to city

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State budget proposal cuts funding to city

February 20, 2019 0 comments

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget plan, released Jan. 17, included a cut to Rhode Island’s Payment In Lieu Of Taxes program that could lead to new taxes on the University’s non-mission related properties. If approved, the budget plan would cut approximately $6 million from Rhode Island’s PILOT program, which reimburses […]

Rhode Island state representatives discuss East Side, College Hill

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Rhode Island state representatives discuss East Side, College Hill

February 15, 2019 0 comments

State Representative Edith Ajello (D-Providence) and State Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) have both called the East Side home for at least 20 years. The two state legislators — College Hill’s representatives — were re-elected to their respective positions November 2018.

The 400 MW wind farm will be located 15 miles off the coast of R.I. The Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Energy Resources estimates the farm will reduce the carbon equivalent of 100,000 passenger cars on the road.

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National Grid to distribute energy from offshore wind farm

February 15, 2019 0 comments

Amid an effort to tackle both climate change and mounting energy costs, National Grid has finalized a twenty-year contract to buy and distribute energy from Revolution Wind, which will become the largest offshore wind farm to provide electricity in Rhode Island. The 400-megawatt wind farm, which will be located 15 […]

Rhode Islanders can now text 911

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Rhode Islanders can now text 911

February 14, 2019 0 comments

Anyone in Rhode Island experiencing a police, fire or medical emergency can now contact 911 not only through voice calls but also via text messages thanks to a new service launched Feb. 5 by the R.I. Department of Public Safety. 

Rachel Black ’16 testified in support of R.I. HB5196 using research from her undergraduate thesis. The bill aims to  protect those who have not paid their court fees from facing jail time for their unpaid debt.

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Recent alum testifies on criminal justice reform

February 7, 2019 0 comments

As a recent Brown alum waited to enter the hearing room to testify, a woman exclaimed from the room’s threshold: “Are you the author? Oh my god! (Your thesis) has been (essential)  for getting this issue taken up again.”

Rhode Island ACLU highlights exemption in access to public records

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Rhode Island ACLU highlights exemption in access to public records

February 6, 2019 0 comments

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has challenged the state’s Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld an exemption allowing the state  to withhold certain government documents from the public.

Campaign demands zero police presence in schools

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Campaign demands zero police presence in schools

February 6, 2019 0 comments

The “Counselors Not Cops” campaign, launched by local Providence organizations in December, seeks to remove law enforcement officers from Providence Public Schools and replace them with additional guidance counselors.

Sunrise Rhode Island leaders were arrested while engaged in civil protest in Washington D.C. last November and December. Members now advocate for the Green New Deal, which is legislation fighting for a transition to clean energy and protection for communities at risk from climate change.

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Student climate activist group grows under national movement

February 6, 2019 0 comments

Dozens of members from the Sunrise Movement’s Rhode Island chapter, most of them University students, civilly protested in Washington D.C. in November and December for progress on climate change policy and the Green New Deal.

In an event, which also featured University President Christina Paxson P’19, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke about the lack of bipartisan progress in implementing climate change policy.

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Rhode Island Senator discusses climate change challenges

February 5, 2019 0 comments

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D-RI, lamented the power of fossil fuel corporations to limit policy action on climate change in a keynote address Friday at the University.

TSA reflects on support during government shutdown

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TSA reflects on support during government shutdown

January 31, 2019 0 comments

Rhode Island Transportation Security Administration workers made it through a tough holiday season at Theodore Francis Green International Airport thanks to high employee attendance and community support.