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6:28 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Muslims welcome

PROVIDENCE, RI – No one who was alive on that glorious Indian summer morning a decade ago will ever forget precisely what they were doing when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

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11:10 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Interview with Colin Kane

What are Colin Kane and the I-195 redevelopment commission planning to do with 20 acres of vacant downtown space?
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Now that Rhode Island has cleared away most of the old I-195 highway, what will become of the 20 acres of vacant land left behind? Governor Lincoln Chafee recently formed a seven-member commission to help answer that question. Rhode Island Public Radio's Ian Donnis sat down with the commission's designated chairman, local developer Colin Kane, to learn more about the commission's plans for the vacant I-195 property.

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6:37 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Chafee announces I-195 commission

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee has announced his seven nominees for the commission charged with sparking economic development on former highway land near downtown Providence. It's a list that draws from a variety of industries.

Chafee's nominee to chair the I-195 Redevelopment Commission, Colin Kane, heads an East Providence development company. Kane says the commission's most vital role will be providing coordination and thorough planning.

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6:07 am
Fri August 19, 2011

City Councilor Miguel Luna dead at 53

City Councilman Miguel Luna
Photo taken from Luna's profile at ProvidenceRI.com

PROVIDENCE,RI – Providence city councilor Miguel Luna died Thursday after suffering a recent heart attack.

Luna was a native of the Dominican Republic who first won election to the City council in 2002. His campaign motto at the time was that he would be a voice for the whole community.

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7:17 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Pension committee holds latest meeting

The Pension Advisory Committee is trying to identify possible solutions for Rhode Island?s $7-billion in unfunded pension liability.
Photo by Megan Hall.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The pension advisory committee for General Treasurer Gina Raimondo held its latest meeting, this time in East Providence.

The session was meant to identify possible solutions for Rhode Island's $7-billion in unfunded pension liability. But the best way forward remains in dispute.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a committee member, says the problem is so severe the state needs to rethink pension cost of living adjustments (COLAs).

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7:43 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Mayoral academies seek expansion

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung calls mayoral academies another option for parents.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Supporters of a kind of charter school known as mayoral academies called on Governor Lincoln Chafee to support their expansion. The state Board of Regents is expected to vote on such a proposal September first.

Charter school supporters point to disparities in academic performance between rich and poor students to underscore the need for change.

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6:08 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Bennett tapped as Providence director of economic development

Jim Bennett will make $150-thousand a year overseeing Providence departments for planning, tourism, and workforce development.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Businessman and former Republican candidate Jim Bennett is Providence's new director of economic development. Bennett says his ideas for creating jobs include streamlining zoning and building on existing technology companies in Rhode Island.

Mayor Angel Taveras says Bennett has the right stuff for the job.

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5:47 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Raimondo meets with local officials about pension reform

Treasurer Gina Raimondo met with local officials to seek their support for reforming Rhode Island?s pension system.

PROVIDENCE, RI –

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo met with local officials to seek their support for reforming Rhode Island's pension system.

Raimondo says she's developing a comprehensive pension reform bill for a special General Assembly session this fall. She says Rhode Island will face more municipal bankruptcies unless the state deals with its $7-billion in unfunded pension liability.

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7:17 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Heart ailment hospitalizes Luna

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence City Councilor Miguel Luna was hospitalized following a heart ailment.

Luna was initially reported in stable condition after arriving at Rhode Island Hospital. City Council President Michael Solomon tells WRNI that EMTs had to revive Luna after responding to his home.

Further details about Luna's condition weren't available for this report. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras was among those sending his thoughts and prayers to Luna's family.

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8:27 am
Tue August 9, 2011

RI economic outlook looks dim

PROVIDENCE, RI – One local observer says economic uncertainty makes the possibility of a double-dip recession more likely in Rhode Island.

For the last year or so, University of Rhode Island economics professor Leonard Lardaro says he thought the state had a one in three chance of sliding back into recession. Now, slowing economic growth and Standard and Poor's downgrade of the US credit rating have changed Lardaro's view.

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