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8:42 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Coast Guard cutter returns to base

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Coast Guard Cutter "Willow" is back at its base in Newport after a chilly six-week operation.

The cutter and its crew spent 43 days patrolling the Arctic and conducting safety operations with the Canadian navy and coast guard, along with the Danish navy. They looked at the best way to conduct search and rescue operations around remote villages and mapped out the best navigation routes to those villages.

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Economy
7:02 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Public employees may be able to keep pension benefits

Rhode Island may be able to fix the pension system without cutting benefits already earned by public employees.
Photo by James Wyman.

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Treasurer Gina Raimondo says it might be possible to solve Rhode Island's pension crisis without cutting public employees' earned benefits. She made that statement during a pension briefing to the state Senate.

A member of Raimondo's staff told senators that state employees aren't legally shielded from cuts to benefits they've earned. A short time later, Raimondo said she hopes to fix the state pension plan without cutting workers' accrued benefits.

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RIPR News
5:23 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Car chase for movie rips through Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – Universal Pictures will be in town through Wednesday shooting a car chase scene for a new movie "R.I.P.D." in downtown Providence. The spot was chosen by two location directors from the state who have worked in Providence on past projects.

Rhode Island Film and Television Executive Director Steven Feinberg says the shoot will create up to 100 crew jobs plus foot traffic for businesses, though the main cast will not be at the shoot.

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RIPR News
2:30 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Bill links National Guard vets with mental health care

U.S. Senator Jack Reed, officials from the National Guard and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner announce the bill.
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed has modeled legislation on a program out of the Red Sox Foundation that helps combat veterans and their families get mental health care. The Home Base Program links veterans in New England grappling with PTSD or traumatic brain injury to clinical and support care through Massachusetts General Hospital.

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RIPR News
2:17 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Access to dental care for RI children increasing

PROVIDENCE, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Rhode Island's rate of children with access to dental care is climbing, but there's still more work to be done. That's the conclusion of a new report on oral health out today from Rhode Island Kids Count.

Executive director Elizabeth Burke Bryant says although nearly 90% of all kids in the Ocean State have access to a dentist, there's a lot of variation in whether they get the care they need.

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Morning News Podcast
8:21 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, September 12, 2011.

RIPR News
7:19 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Raimondo leads Senate pension briefing

Rhode Island faces a $7 billion unfunded pension tab.
Photo by Bradley Campbell.

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Treasurer Gina Raimondo will lead a pension briefing for the state Senate. Raimondo says the meeting in the Senate lounge is the latest in a series of talks she's been having with lawmakers.

"It is part of my overall dialogue with the General Assembly, and it's just the next natural step in the process with them," she says. "We're going to have the actuary there, I will be there, we'll have legal counsel there, start getting into some of the details around the issue."

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RIPR News
7:10 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Universities to improve health communication

PROVIDENCE, RI – Three Rhode Island universities are looking to improve communication between doctors and other health professionals. Rhode Island College, Brown University and the University of Rhode Island are designing a program that will bring together students from their nursing, pharmacy and medical schools. RIC nursing Dean Jane Williams says one of the barriers to improving health care is that training programs tend to have a narrow focus.

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Politics
6:58 am
Mon September 12, 2011

9/11 impacts security at the statehouse

Capitol Police officer Reggie Packer staffs the security station at the entrance to the Statehouse.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Statehouse is the public's house: It's where decisions are made about how Rhode Islanders' tax dollars are spent. In the old days, visitors' bags were hand-checked. But in the post-9/11 age, walking into the Statehouse isn't quite as simple as it used to be.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Politics
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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