Alisha A. Pina, Providence Journal

Alisha A. Pina

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Rhode Island, United States

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Past articles by Alisha:

Former R.I. Rep. Dan Gordon dies at age 47

Former state Rep. Daniel P. Gordon Jr., who served one, controversial term, passed away March 25, the obituary from Wood Morturary in Greer, South → Read More

Cranston police ticket homeless advocates protesting the city's panhandling law

Cranston police wrote about a dozen tickets between 5 and 5:15 p.m. as advocates for the homeless, who assert that the new city ordinance is unconstitutional, distributed flyers at the corner of Sockanosset Cross Road and New London Avenue on Monday afternoon. → Read More

Rally at Providence business for $15 minimum wage legislation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A "Fight for $15" rally was held Wednesday to emphasize the need to gradually raise the state's hourly minimum wage to $15, and show support for legislation to do so by lead sponsors Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, D-Providence, and Sen. Jeanine Calkin, D-Warwick.The current minimum is $9.60 an hour.Massachusetts is $11, and Connecticut is $10.10. Last session, legislators… → Read More

House testimony: Stalled benefits pushing men, women to prostitution

PROVIDENCE - At least 20 men and women have turned to prostitution because of the problems the state Department of Human Services has had with its → Read More

Three men stabbed in Charles Street parking lot fight

PROVIDENCE - Three men were stabbed early Sunday morning during a disturbance that may have started shortly after Mezzo Ultra Lounge, on Charles Street, → Read More

R.I. Gov. Raimondo, Deloitte CEO discuss state computer woes at Calif. conference

At the Girls Who Code 2017 Female Governors' Summit in California on Friday, Gov. Gina Raimondo had a chat with the chairwoman and chief executive officer of the primary vendor and builder of the state's broken public-benefits computer system. → Read More

What went wrong: Key findings of state's UHIP analysis

Acting state Department of Human Services Director Eric Beane submitted a 30-day analysis of the Unified Healthcare Infrastructure Project, or UHIP. Here → Read More

Moira Walsh, progressive state rep, 'fired' from restaurant job

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The new and outspoken Rep. Moira Jayne Walsh, D-Providence, has been fired from her waitress job at the Classic Cafe. The alleged → Read More

Johnston man hired to design UHIP fix

The state has hired a Johnston man at $160 an hour to help fix its public benefits computer system that, four months after launch, continues to have → Read More

Political Scene: In R.I., all roads lead to car-tax cut

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to eliminate it entirely. Gov. Gina Raimondo's plan wouldn't go quite that far. But both agree that R.I. is headed toward some form of tax relief. → Read More

2 state officials resign, payments to vendor suspended over UHIP debacle + video

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Department of Human Services Director Melba Depeña Affigne and Chief Digital Officer Thom Guertin have → Read More

Raimondo 'out of patience' on UHIP, says staff shakeup coming

PROVIDENCE — It’s about time.That was the reaction of House Oversight Chairwoman Patricia A. Serpa, D-West Warwick, to Gov. Gina M. → Read More

New faces at the General Assembly: Thomas Paolino — from the Y to a seat on Smith Hill

The young Lincoln Republican, at just 25, is passionate about the environment and wants to find alternatives to truck tolls and the car tax. → Read More

New faces in the General Assembly: From Jamaica to Smith Hill

Fueled by a remark during the Democratic primary in September that she was “some woman from Jamaica,” Marcia Ranglin-Vassell wrote a poem in her journal. “Nothing can break me," she concluded. "Everything has been thrown at me." Last fall, the mother and public school teacher was confident a win was coming — and she was right. → Read More

Federal agency wants more answers on state's plans to fix UHIP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state's 22-page plan to fix the many problems with its three-month-old public-benefits computer system wasn't fully → Read More

Raimondo: UHIP glitches being fixed, but not fast enough

Governor agrees with service providers that 'it's not good enough.' → Read More

New faces in the General Assembly: Moira Walsh, Smith Hill

She plans to 'make it loud' to ensure her district isn't ignored. → Read More

ACLU files class-action lawsuit against RI over flawed computer benefits system

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- With the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island filed a class-action lawsuit → Read More

Additional benefit recipients were identified as dead in UHIP rollout

The death toll is rising.State officials confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that Newport resident Jasmine Tinker's four children — who are all → Read More

R.I. wrongly tells Newport woman: Your kids are dead, so you get no benefits

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — Jhaniyla, Dejah, Amauri and Linnea are all alive. Yet the state's new benefits computer system — Unified Healthcare → Read More