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5:01 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

The Pench: Details from the leaked plan

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's long-anticipated pension overhaul plan is scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday. The General Assembly will receive the proposal during a 4:00 pm session and then hear from Governor Lincoln Chafee and State Treasurer Gina Raimondo. But details have leaked out about the proposal that's meant to cut Rhode Island's $7 billion unfunded pension liability and put the pension system on stable footing.

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RIPR News
9:08 am
Fri October 14, 2011

States rights win out in case of accused murderer

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Political Roundtable
9:04 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Political Roundtable: Public pensions, and Latino unemployment

PROVIDENCE, RI – Special interests and public pension; and high unemployment among local Latinos. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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RIPR News
8:32 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Blackstone River Valley could become National Park

PROVIDENCE, RI – Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to make the Blackstone River Valley a national park. Senators from Rhode Island and Massachusetts say the designation would preserve the historic region that stretches from Providence to Worcester, and bring federal money and tourism dollars to the area. Earlier this year the National Park Service conducted a study to determine whether the 400,000-acre corridor met the national park criteria. The final decision is up to Congress.

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RIPR News
8:28 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Details emerge for pension overhaul

PROVIDENCE, RI – State House sources say that plans for overhauling Rhode Island's state pension system are taking shape.

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Local Features
8:06 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Gwen Ifill: not enough minorities in the media

Gwen Ifill, moderator for PBS's Washington Week

PROVIDENCE, RI – There are not nearly enough minorities in American newsrooms and that means news isn't being reported in context. Those were the thoughts of PBS' Gwen Ifill, who sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic during a visit to Johnson and Wales University Thursday.

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RIPR News
8:01 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Latino community leader urges education to alleviate unemployment

PROVIDENCE, RI – One leader in Rhode Island's Latino community says education is the key to overcoming the nation's highest unemployment rate for Latinos.

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RIPR News
5:08 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Cranston prayer mural battle now in court

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Cranston School Department will lock horns in federal district court Thursday over the constitutionality of a mural in the auditorium of Cranston West High School. It's a clash over whether the painting is religious or historical in nature.

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RIPR News
3:06 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Postal worker charged with taking money from cards

PROVIDENCE, RI – A postal worker from Cranston has been charged with stealing money from greeting cards sent through the mail. Robert Hart faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

The investigation began two-and-a-half weeks ago when a postal service inspector found more than one hundred pieces of mail that had been rifled through at the Providence Processing and Distribution Center.

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RIPR News
3:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Occupy Providence: this is a non-violent movement

PROVIDENCE, RI – Organizers behind the Occupy Providence group have sent the people of Rhode Island a letter outlining the reasons why it will be setting up camp in downtown Providence.

The group plans on gathering 5:00pm on Saturday at Burnside Park and will remain there, they say for as long as it takes to, "build a society by, for and of the people."

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