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The Senate voted Wednesday evening to expand the Senate President’s power over committee appointments. But the new rule faced backlash over what was called “a power grab” by Senator Sam Bell PhD ‘16.

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Senators approve bill to effectively eliminate filibustering

March 14, 2019 0 comments

After four hours of argument over changes to Rhode Island Senate rules Wednesday night, the senators voted to approve a bill that will effectively end filibusters and increase the Senate President’s power over committee assignments. The rewritten R.I. Senate rules bill passed the Senate floor 33-3.

University researchers develop tool to identify areas of toxic waste contamination

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University researchers develop tool to identify areas of toxic waste contamination

March 13, 2019 0 comments

A team of two current and one former University researchers has designed a geospatial tool and database that can map and identify likely regions of toxic waste contamination in Rhode Island, with applications in transportation, ecology, policy-making and quality of life, among others.

R.I. Secretary of State champions early voting

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R.I. Secretary of State champions early voting

March 13, 2019 0 comments

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has proposed a system for early voting in the Ocean State.

Laptop theft peaks in late January, early February

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Laptop theft peaks in late January, early February

March 13, 2019 0 comments

The beginning of the semester saw a spike in laptop theft, with more laptops stolen on and around campus during the first three weeks than in that time frame for the past five years.

Metro Roundup, March 13

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Metro Roundup, March 13

March 13, 2019 0 comments

R.I. state colleges experience decline in enrollment Rhode Island’s public university and colleges have seen a decline in enrollment, according to the New England Board of Higher Education, the Associated Press reported.

Former acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs and former ambassador to Saudi Arabia discussed the ramifications of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, highlighting challenges to U.S. involvement in the region.

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Former U.S. ambassador argues for foreign policy change in Middle East

March 12, 2019 0 comments

When the United States implements ineffective foreign policy, the government instinctually pushes more resources and energy toward that failing policy, a tendency that has proven detrimental in the Middle East, said Chas Freeman, Jr.

The Downtown Design Review Committee met with Fane Tower’s lead designer on Monday for a pre-approval review of the building proposal.

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Controversial Fane Tower moves closer to approval

March 12, 2019 0 comments

Hope Point Tower is one step closer to approval following a public meeting between the tower’s design team and the Downtown Design Review Committee, which together evaluated the building’s proposed design Monday afternoon.

Reid spoke Monday to advise groups and individuals for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. She emphasized the use of local news outlets, such as CBS, NBC and others to spread propaganda.

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MSNBC’s Reid discusses media, politics, 2020

March 12, 2019 0 comments

Joy-Ann Reid, an MSNBC host and political commentator, began her Monday evening talk at the Watson Institute for International Relations and Public Affairs by stressing that “it is very hard to unseat an incumbent president.”

Members of Sunrise Rhode Island, politicians and other activists gathered at the State House in support of a Green New Deal for Rhode Island. House Resolution 5665 would support research on economic, social and environmental progress in the state. A matching Senate resolution will be introduced shortly.

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State moves to support research on R.I. Green New Deal

March 12, 2019 0 comments

Promises of a Green New Deal at the national level trickled down to the Ocean State Thursday, when politicians and community activists alike gathered in the Rhode Island State House to announce plans to research the possibilities for a state Green New Deal.

UCS, UFB candidates announced

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UCS, UFB candidates announced

March 11, 2019 0 comments

Vanessa Garcia ’20.5, Melissa Lee ’20 and William Zhou ’20 are running for president of the Undergraduate Council of Students in this year’s UCS and Undergraduate Finance Board elections. Chair of Student Activities Alex Song ’20 and Appointments Chair Jason Carroll ’21 are in the race for UCS Vice President.