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4:23 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

RI worried BofA will layoff workers here

PROVIDENCE, RI – State officials are nervously watching Bank of America, as the banking giant rolls out 30,000 layoffs. There's concern job cuts could come out of the bank's operations in East Providence and downtown Providence.


When Bank of America took over FleetBoston seven years ago, the bank added nearly a thousand jobs in Rhode Island. Bank of America's CEO Brian Moynihan is a Brown University grad who started his law career at a firm in Providence.

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RIPR News
10:38 am
Thu September 15, 2011

State considers changes to teacher certification

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of Rhode Island's largest teacher training program is raising concerns about how teachers maintain their credentials. State officials want to tie teacher certification to a new evaluation system launching this year in public schools.

Rhode Island College School of Education Dean Sasha Sidorkin says that system is largely untested.

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Morning News Podcast
7:46 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, September 15, 2011.

RIPR News
6:59 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Whitehouse co-sponsors legislation to save Social Security

PROVIDENCE, RI – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is co-sponsoring legislation that he says will save Social Security for 75 years without reducing benefits or raising the retirement age.The bill would raise the payroll tax for the wealthiest Americans.

Currently, income is taxed up to a maximum of $106,000 a year. The Whitehouse bill would apply the 6 percent tax to income over $250,000 a year.

Whitehouse says this would ensure the solvency of Social Security for the next three generations of retirees.

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4:35 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Grace Cemetery showing signs of improvement

Grass in the foreground has been mowed since Rhode Island Public Radio reported neglect at the cemetery.
Photo by Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Rhode Island Public Radio investigation into the rundown condition of a historic south Providence cemetery is producing results. Officials at Grace Episcopal Church, who for years have neglected their cemetery at the intersection of Broad and Elmwood Streets, are now taking responsibility for it.

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RIPR News
4:07 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed

PROVIDENCE, RI – By ROBERT AMES

The first human case of West Nile Virus in Rhode Island this summer has been confirmed. The State Health Department says the patient is in his 50s who lives in Providence County. He developed symptoms of the mosquito borne illness in late August. He has since been released from the hospital. The agency is reminding Rhode Islanders that they should protect themselves against mosquito bites until colder weather ends the threat of West Nile Virus and Triple E.

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3:24 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Fundraiser set for wounded Marine

Economy
9:01 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Legislative leaders to continue push for pension reform

PROVIDENCE, RI – Legislative leaders say a court victory for public-employee unions won't stop them from pursuing pension reform. They plan to continue with a series of joint budget discussions starting Wednesday.

House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed say they still anticipate getting a proposal to fix the state pension plan. They say they'll take whatever action is "reasonable and necessary to address the pension crisis" facing Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
8:47 am
Wed September 14, 2011

RI poverty rate highest in New England

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Poverty Institute says more needs to be done to train Rhode Islanders for the 21st century workforce. That comment was prompted by the release of new census data showing the number of Rhode Islanders living in poverty has grown to more than 22,000 or %13.3 of the population.

That's the highest rate in New England and Kate Brewster, director of the Poverty Institute, says it's a direct reflection of the state's unemployment rate, which has been one of the highest in the country for more than two years.

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8:34 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Bradley Hospital threatens to end partnership with East Providence schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – In 2009, Bradley Hospital teamed up with East Providence to provide special education inside local schools. The so called "Partnership" was originally described as both a cost saving measure and a better way to educate children with behavioral and emotional difficulties. But according to a letter obtained by Rhode Island Public Radio, East Providence is falling behind on its bills.

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