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3:46 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Liberians In Rhode Island Cheer News Of Country's Last Ebola Patient

Reverend Matthew Kai leads the primarily Liberian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Members of Rhode Island’s Liberian community are cheering news that the last Ebola patient in Liberia has been released. But many remain concerned about the future of Liberia.

Matthew Kai is the leader of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Providence.  His congregation is primarily Liberian.  Kai led them through months of anxiety at the height of the Ebola outbreak.  He says things have quieted down since then… but now he fears world aid will evaporate

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On Politics
1:57 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

RI Supreme Court Decides Not to Delay April 20 Start for Pension Trial

Raimondo spearheaded the pension overhaul in 2011.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

The high-stakes legal battle over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system will continue as scheduled on April 20. The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by both sides to delay the trial.

Both sides argued more time was needed to prepare for the trial. But the court was unmoved by those arguments.

"The motions for a stay of the order of the trial justice are denied as moot," the court wrote in its ruling.

Jury selection in the case is expected to start April 20.

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Environment
9:18 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Trash Incineration Debate Emerges Again

Credit Flo Jonic

  Lawmakers have put the breaks on legislation that could put trash incineration on the table at the Central Landfill. A committee voted to hold the bill for further study. The bill would remove language in a law that bans the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation from including incineration in its statewide trash management plan. It would also remove any references to the high costs of incineration. This is the latest attempt to remove a ban on trash incineration.

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The Education Blog
9:05 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Charter School Supporters Rally At Statehouse

Supporters of charter schools in Rhode Island gathered to demonstrate in the Statehouse rotunda Wednesday.
Credit RIPR

Charter school advocates packed the statehouse rotunda Wednesday to urge lawmakers to continue their support for charter schools. 

    

A statehouse panel is considering changes that could decrease funding for charter schools. Jeremy Chiappetta from Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy said families should have choices when it comes to public school.

“We are looking to continue to grow a high quality public school sector that includes charter schools, state run schools, independent schools and certainly traditional public schools,.” Chiappetta said.

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Providence
4:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Elorza Hopes To "Agressively Pursue" Shark Bar License

Then-candidate Jorge Elorza laying out his plan for an ethics panel for the city of Providence, in 2014.
Credit RIPR FILE

Channel 12 reports the Providence Board of Licenses believes there’s not enough concrete evidence to revoke a liquor license for a bar that’s been implicated in a corruption probe. But as Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he’s still looking into the matter.

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On Politics
4:35 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Pawtucket Wants State Financial Incentives If PawSox Get State Help Moving To Providence

Credit Don Borman

  If the state gives financial incentives to Providence to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new stadium to be built on the Providence waterfront, Pawtucket plans to seek state money to raze and redevelop McCoy.

That’s the word from Tony Pires, administration director for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, after a meeting today with members of the Pawtucket City Council and the General Assembly’s Pawtucket delegation.

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On Politics
1:19 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

RI Supreme Court Dismisses Narragansett Tribe Challenge To RI Casino Law

In the never ending casino legal joust between the state and the Narragansett Indian Tribe, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of the state Casino Act.

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On Politics
11:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Twin River Buying Newport Grand; Vows No Ballot Question for Table Games in 2016

Credit RIPR file photo

The operator of Twin River is buying Newport Grand while vowing not to seek the addition of table games at Newport "without broad-based community support."

"For the time being, I think it's safe to say it's pretty much business as usual from a Newport Grand perspective, but with the added benefit of having Twin River as a sister property," John E. Taylor Jr., board chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, the parent of Twin River and Twin River Management Group, said in a telephone interview.

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Local Features
7:18 am
Wed March 4, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Leadership

All of us have discovered how valuable skilled leadership is in our lives, whether from wise parents, gifted bosses, or anyone else who led some task of which we’ve been a part.  Of course, not all leaders have the right stuff, but when they do their guidance can be magical.  The scholar Joseph Badaracco wrote a wonderful book entitled Leading Quietly.  Jennifer Bristol talks about some powerful metaphors that inspire her quiet leadership.

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The Pulse
6:30 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Medicaid Faces Challenges Nationwide, But Few States Cutting Benefits

A working group appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo has just held its first meeting. Their task: to reinvent Medicaid, the state’s health insurance program for the poor. That means finding ways to cut costs as well as improve quality.

It’s a task many other states have taken on. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay spoke with Medicaid policy analyst Laura Snyder from The Kaiser Family Foundation to find out what other states are doing. Snyder said they’re not necessarily cutting benefits.

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