Opinions differ on offering sanctuary to alien children
If and when there is a request from the federal government, I will share it publicly," Governor Lincoln Chafee said in a public statement Monday night.
Providence Asked to Require Warrant for Detainers
A civil liberties group is asking the Providence Police Department to follow the state prison system and stop honoring federal immigration detainers without a warrant.
Wed Jul 23, 2014
The Narragansett Times
Great Island Bridge just one of many in disrepair in RI
If you've ever driven a car in Rhode Island then you probably know that many of the state's roads and bridges are in need of repair.
Sat Jul 19, 2014
State gets $193K to prepare for coastal erosion
Rhode Island's congressional delegation and Gov. Lincoln Chafee have announced $193,000 in federal funds to help the state prepare for coastline erosion from storms and rising sea levels.
RI's 5 things: Immigrant holds, joblessness down
From the lowest unemployment rate in six years to a new policy on detaining immigrants, here are five things to know in Rhode Island: There's a new policy in Rhode Island related to holding immigrants in custody.
Fri Jul 18, 2014
Undocumented children debate reaches RI
As the nation's border crisis continues to heat up, Rhode Islanders are joining in the debate and taking sides on immigration.
Bridge repairs halted with lack of federal highway funds
And on Friday, state officials toured a bridge replacement project in Narragansett to see how that's affecting Rhode Island structures.
The Block Island Times
Blake Filippi to run for General Assembly
Blake Filippi is running as an Independent against Charlestown Democrat and incumbent Donna Walsh, hoping to represent District 36. This District includes New Shoreham, Westerly, South Kingston and Charleston.
Thu Jul 17, 2014
Rhode Island to place restrictions on detainers
Rhode Island's Department of Corrections is placing some restrictions on when it will honor federal immigration detainers, the governor's office told The Associated Press on Thursday, although advocates for immigrants' rights say the policy contains loopholes that could still allow people's constitutional rights to be violated.
The Biggest Problem for the Smallest State
"If it ain't broke, why fix it?" is a saying with which many are familiar. But how about: "If it is broke, let's just keep doing the same thing over and over?" While it sounds ridiculous, I'm convinced it's the new motto for my home state of Rhode Island and the root cause of its branding problem.
Wed Jul 16, 2014
Senate forms panel on child and youth services
The Rhode Island Senate has created a task force on the Department of Children, Youth and Families as the agency faces significant fiscal problems.
Tue Jul 15, 2014
'Aerospace corridor' eyed between Quebec and New England
Bookended by Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, right, delegates at Monday's work session of the 38th annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, which was held at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, listen to a presentation about a potential "aerospace corridor" that would link ... (more)
Dee From The Desk: Will the Real GOP Candidate Please Stand Up
Does it ever feel like the wrong person is running for governor? If you are a member of the Rhode Island Republican Party it may seem that way.
Mon Jul 14, 2014
The Coventry Courier
Chafee signs legislation allowing state aid to fund school program
Full-day kindergarten may be a possibility in Coventry as Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation earlier this week allowing state aid to be provided to those Rhode Island cities and towns that have not implemented the day-long program starting in 2017.
Fri Jul 11, 2014
Daily Talker: Two Men Accused Of Leaving Pets In Hot Cars
Days after it took effect, a Rhode Island man is the first to be charged under the state's new law making it a crime to leave an animal in a hot car.
Thu Jul 10, 2014
Seeking responses to climate change
On July 3 Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation to create a nine-member Climate Change Council made up of different directors of state agencies.
Cape Wind seeks lease option for staging in RI
The Quonset Development Corp. on Wednesday announced Cape Wind is looking at a 1-year lease option at the Quonset Business Park, with two 1-year extensions.
Man charged under new law, leaving dog in hot car
Johnston police tell WJAR-TV it's the first time anyone has been charged under the new law, which makes it a misdemeanor to leave an animal in a vehicle in extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Wed Jul 09, 2014
Chickasha Daily Express
12 states now have plans for a minimum wage of $9 or more
Rhode Island last week joined 11 other states that plan to raise their minimum wage to at least $9 over the next several years.
Teacher evaluation bill passes into law
Legislation that will make evaluations for many public school teachers less frequent has passed into law without Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee's signature.