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7:35 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Thursday, August 11th, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, August 11, 2011.

RIPR News
6:17 am
Thu August 11, 2011

State pension costs to double

State pension costs will more than double next year for 11 communities.
Photo by Bradley Campbell

PROVIDENCE, RI – Some pension costs will more than double next year for 11 of the communities in a state-managed pension program.

North Providence faces the largest increase for municipal employees, from $79-thousand to more than $600-thousand.

The pension figures were distributed at a meeting in Warwick of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo used the occasion to call on local officials to support a pension reform bill she's developing for legislative consideration this fall.

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Politics
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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RIPR News
11:34 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Kennedy to join Bradley Hospital board

PROVIDENCE,RI – Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy is adding another title to his resume- board member. Kennedy is joining the board of trustees for Bradley Hospital- Rhode Island's psychiatric facility for children and adolescents. The former congressman has been a long time advocate for mental health services. He's currently a fellow at Brown University's Institute for Brain Science.

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Morning News Podcast
7:59 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for August 10, 2011.

Morning News Podcast
7:57 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

Politics
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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RIPR News
7:16 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Arrest reports may no longer be public record

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public access to arrest reports may be further restricted under a new proposal from the Department of Public Safety.

The proposal would withhold from the public record witness statements collected by the state police for incident or arrest reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a statement in strong opposition.

Executive director Steven Brown says changes would pose a major threat to the state's already-weak public record laws.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:56 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Everyday is Mother's Day

WRNI – Life is full of surprises and unexpected gifts, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Some come wrapped in joy, while others are much more complicated. That's certainly the case for Laura Rossi Totten.

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RIPR News
3:46 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

RI economy expanding

PROVIDENCE,RI – The latest economic data indicates Rhode Island's economy is expanding slightly faster than the nation as a whole.

Researchers at the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council use employment, wages, and sales to calculate what's called the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator. And for the past six months, it's improved faster than similar data for the United States.

Executive director John Simmons says that's in part thanks to the growing economy in our neighboring states.

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