Bond rating veils full story
American LeadHERship PAC
Under Mayor Angel Taveras "Providence’s bond rating was downgraded from A to BBB, two steps above junk-bond status."
Near last in N.E., but not in U.S.
Salaries for URI faculty are second to last among New England land grant universities and in lowest 20 percent of major U.S. research institutions
Flat at record highs
"Global surface temperatures have been flat for 16 years."
Try seven, not two
Twenty four states have voter ID or comparable restrictions; before Barack Obama was elected, it was two.
99.9 percent of the ice sheet still there
"For several days in July of 2012, Greenland surface ice cover melted more than at any time in 30 years of satellite observation. During that month, an estimated 97% of the ice sheet thawed."
Not "much," not "many."
The ocean is now "much more acidic . . . than it has been for many millions of years."
"Don't know" or "Don't care" weren't options
"Seventy-four percent of Rhode Islanders support [a] national popular vote [for president] because they, as I, believe in one person-one vote."
Facts fuzzy on fund fees
Since Gina Raimondo took office, investment fees on the state's pension portfolio "have gone up from about $12 million annually to about $50 million."
Not just for schools
"Two years ago Providence alone spent $50,000 a year notifying the school department" about residents in the state's sex offender registry.
A question of degree(s)
"Narragansett Bay waters are getting warmer -- 4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the winter since the 1960s."
Police can seize handguns, not rifles
Right now, if Rhode Island police come across a young person with a gun, "they really don't legally have the right to take it away from them."
Not that simple
"Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."
False for second test, it may become true for third
Eva Marie Mancuso
When the NECAP proficiency test is re-given to the kids the second and third time, harder questions are taken out.
Local gun culture might be one key
"Harvard Study Finds States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths."
EDC is out of its own loop
"No one knows who bought the [38 Studios] bonds. And there was some language put in the bond offer that they must remain anonymous."
Overstate’s tiny park’s economic impact
"Even Roger Williams National Memorial in my home state of Rhode Island attracted nearly 51,000 visitors in 2011, with non local visitors adding more than $3.2 million to the local economy."
Rhode Island is the last state still using the Optech III P voting machines and they don’t meet suggested federal standards.
Per-capita spending is up
"In the period from 2007 to 2011, the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner reported an 18 percent decline in the state’s total medical spending."
Figure is 15 years old
More than 40 percent of sales nationally are made without background checks.
Laws allow use for many conditions
"Eighty percent of those who have applied for licenses have no cancer, no Parkinson's disease or glaucoma. They have nothing you would associate [with] the use of medical marijuana."
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