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June 18th, 2015
In recent years, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority offered free bus service on Air Quality Alert days, giving riders the opportunity to take the bus at no cost on days when extra-high concentrations of ground-level ozone were predicted.
While that program has been discontinued this year, RIPTA will soon offer an alternative for riders â€“ a new program that is designed to encourage Rhode Islanders to improve air quality by leaving their cars at home and opt instead for public transportation.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The City Council and the Woonsocket Teachers Guild could jointly file suit in Superior Court as early as next week in attempts to prevent RISE Mayoral Academy from opening later this summer.
Council President Albert G. Brien and Jeffrey Partington, president of the WTG, said the council and the teachers union will be co-plaintiffs in the suit because the city and the teachersâ€™ union have a shared interest in preventing the school from opening.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Rhode Island House on Tuesday unanimously approved an $8.67 billion state budget proposal.
"We put out a pro-jobs, pro-economy budget," Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said. "The members rallied around it."
House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, a North Smithfield Republican, voted for a budget for the first time since being elected in 2008. He praised the tax cuts, changes to the Medicaid system and other initiatives to help businesses.
"This budget is as good as you're going to get in a Democratic state," he said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Rhode Island School Superintendents and members of local School Committees assembled at the Statehouse on Tuesday to voice support for General Assembly legislation that would give the cities and towns more say on whether a new charter school should serve their community.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Anyone who has stopped in at Chanâ€™s Fine Oriental Dining, at 267 Main St., Woonsocket, can tell you how much its owner, John Chan, loves jazz and blues music.
Photographs and paintings of the greats of jazz and blues cover the walls of the restaurant, and also of the adjoining dinner theater that has helped build Chanâ€™s reputation as an advocate and promoter of the music genres.
His reputation in that role was recognized in a very special way Monday night as Chan received the 2015 Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts at Trinity Repertory Co. in Providence.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and the City Council square off in Harris Hall tonight as the mayor vetoed the panelâ€™s cuts in health care and a contingency account that allowed the council to deliver an FY 2016 spending plan of $134.9 million, more than $800,000 less than Baldelli-Hunt's.
The question is, will the council, after unanimously approving the cuts two weeks ago, override the mayorâ€™s veto?
Five of its seven members must reaffirm their original votes to do so.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A motor vehicle stop by R.I. State Police units on Route 146 in North Smithfield Friday night led to the arrest of two men on charges of possessing 850 grams of heroin.
As a result of an investigation by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) task force, approximately $55,000 worth of heroin was seized, according to Col. Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.
With the kids finishing up their last few days of school and the temperature on the thermometer rising every day, local beaches and town pools are preparing for the busy summer season.
PROVIDENCE â€“ General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is a step closer to winning his first major policy initiative â€“ one he says will create jobs and save millions in energy costs for cities like Pawtucket and Woonsocket, as well as private property owners.
The draft of the $8.6 billion state budget approved by the House Finance Committee a few days ago includes some $7 million worth of funding to rebrand the longtime Clean Water Finance Agency as a new entity, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.