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RI News
8:58 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Development Commission Head Testifies Before State Lawmakers

Former I-195 land sits vacant along the Providence waterfront. The new PawSox owners hope to use this land for a new 10,000 seat stadium.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The head of the panel redeveloping former highway land in Providence says she’s hopeful that new approaches will spark more proposals for the site. I-195 Commission director Jan Brodie testified before a state Senate committee Wednesday.

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Business
9:29 am
Wed April 8, 2015

GTECH Becomes IGT As Merger Is Finalized

Providence-based GTECH has officially changed its name to International Game Technology, after a merger with a British company of that name. Officials from IGT rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, where the combined companies began trading for the first time. IGT Vice President Bob Vincent said Providence will continue to house the company’s lottery headquarters and provide corporate support.

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Higher Education
9:17 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Brown Task Force Offers Recomendations On Handling Sexual Assaults

A Brown task force is offering their recommendations on how the school should handle sexual assaults.
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A Brown task force on sexual assault has completed its recommendations for the university. They’re aimed at improving the way the university responds to complaints of sexual violence.

The task force urges Brown to adopt a single policy on sexual assault, dating violence, harassment and stalking. The group says the university should centralize the process for handling complaints in a single office.

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Education
9:03 am
Wed April 8, 2015

URI To Host Panel On Policing Wednesday

Protests in Providence following the shooting death of a black teen in Ferguson Missouri.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus is hosting a panel on policing Wednesday. The talk will bring local and national experts together to discuss the history of policing and racial profiling. Organizer Marc Levitt is moderating the panel.

“The questions I’m going to be asking are about who gets policed, why they get policed, what the history of policing is, and what methods are being considered for policing in the future.”

Levitt says the panel on race and police is part of a series on urban issues at URI. The discussion begins at 7 p.m.

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RI News
3:16 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Redevelopment Of Providence Waterfront Land Up For City Hearing

Downtown Providence, from the edge of the city's working waterfront.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

City Councilors meeting in Providence Tuesday evening will consider a plan to redevelop the Providence waterfront.  They could vote to move forward with an effort to revamp some 300 acres.

The redevelopment area stretches along the lower Providence waterfront, from about Thurbers Avenue south to Fields Point. It would transfer control of the land to the Providence Redevelopment Agency, the city organization that works to improve blighted areas in the city. The plan would also fund environmental cleanup of the site, much of which is heavily contaminated. 

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