Nancy Lavin

Nancy Lavin

Nancy Lavin is senior reporter covering state politics, energy and environmental issues for the Rhode Island Current.

Middletown bond recount request confronts obscure state elections regulation

By: - November 16, 2023

A little-known provision of state election board rules has come under scrutiny after a citizen group’s attempt to challenge results of a Middletown bond referendum. Middletown Concerned Neighbors asked for a recount of the $190 million school bond question that narrowly passed in the Nov. 7 special election. The Rhode Island Board of Elections took […]

R.I. elections board certifies CD1 results

By: - November 16, 2023

He’s taken the oath of offices, set up his new Capitol Hill digs and already cast a vote on the stopgap spending bill. Now, Gabe Amo can officially say he won the special election for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, with the state elections board voting on Thursday to certify the results from the Nov. […]

R.I. Dems elect first woman leader

By: - November 16, 2023

Rhode Island’s Democratic Party has a new leader, and for the first time in its history, it’s a woman.  The Rhode Island Democratic Party State Committee unanimously elected Liz Beretta-Perik as its chair at its reorganization meeting on Wednesday, according to an organization statement.  Beretta-Perik, a Jamestown resident who previously served as the state’s Democratic […]

State leaders mark end of construction on CCRI offshore wind training center

By: - November 15, 2023

LINCOLN — State leaders and offshore wind developers gathered on Wednesday to mark the end of construction on the first offshore wind training center in Rhode Island. The “topping off” ceremony was held at the Community College of Rhode Island’s (CCRI) Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, which will house the first-in-Rhode Island Global Wind Organization training […]

Tiverton oyster farm will be first case for new CRMC hearing officer

By: - November 14, 2023

Appointing an attorney to hear disputed applications was meant to help speed up the review process for the understaffed Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). But not in the case of a contested oyster farm proposed for Tiverton’s Sapowet Cove. The council’s 7-1 decision Tuesday to refer the project application to hearing officer Mark […]

Middletown state senator honored by national technology industry group

By: - November 14, 2023

Sen. Lou DiPalma of Middletown is one of seven state legislators nationwide recently honored by a technology and innovation advocacy group. DiPalma was recognized by TechNet as one of its 2023 Champion of Innovation winners, alongside six other lawmakers, as part of the organization’s annual policy conference in Austin, according to an organization statement on […]

Fiscal 2025 revenue projections now $136M higher

By: - November 13, 2023

Rhode Island lawmakers may have a bit more money than previously anticipated to spread around in the next state budget. New revenue estimates adopted by state budget advisors at the end of the Revenue and Caseload Estimating Conference on Friday add an extra $135.8 million to what they expect will flow into state coffers in […]

Why Neronha won’t stop posting on X even after judge’s order

By: - November 13, 2023

Less than a day after a state Superior Court judge ordered him to appear for a hearing about something he posted on X, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha was at it again. Veterans Day, football and First Amendment rights were among the topics Neronha sounded off about over the weekend, doubling down on his […]

Rhode Islanders are worried about democracy. What they blame depends on their political party.

By: - November 13, 2023

The partisanship dividing the nation has come home to roost in Rhode Island, with political party affiliation a central source of disagreement over perception of elections, democracy and news media, according to a new survey. The online survey published Monday by The Pell Center at Salve Regina University asked 887 registered voters about political polarization, […]

DEM stocks trout, salmon across R.I. lakes and ponds ahead of Veterans Day

By: - November 10, 2023

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will complete a weeklong special salmon and trout stocking in Rhode Island ponds and lakes on Friday, ahead of Veterans Day weekend, according to a news release. Rainbow trout, brook trout and Sebago Atlantic salmon were added to 16 ponds and lakes: Barber Pond, South Kingstown Carolina […]

Minority business advocates asked to meet with McKee two months ago. They’re still waiting.

By: - November 9, 2023

Nearly two months have passed since advocates demanded a meeting with state officials to discuss fixes to alleged discrimination in its minority business contracting program. So far, no meeting. The groups that sent the scathing letter – the Rhode Island Black Business Association and Lawyers for Civil Rights – are waiting on more information before […]

Rhode Island PBS, The Public’s Radio announce plans to merge

By: - November 9, 2023

Two household names in Rhode Island public media are joining forces. Rhode Island PBS and The Public’s Radio announced plans to merge, pending regulatory approval, in a joint statement on Thursday. The deal aims to create an “innovative and dynamic regional public media organization,” leveraging a team of a combined 100 employees to cover Rhode […]