PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's public employee unions have won the first round in the contentious joust over state pension benefits. But a court decision may jeopardize the ability for a special session being able to make definitive decisions.
Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has denied state government's attempt to establish that the state can unilaterally reduce the pension benefits and cost-of-living benefits of state employees and retirees.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre opens the new theatrical season with Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation," a play that has won accolades around the county.
"Circle Mirror Transformation" is a one-act play concerning a group of small town Vermont community theater hopefuls taking an acting class . . . okay, okay, I can almost see your eyes glazing over. But please don't touch that dial.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Sexually active teens looking for advice can now find reliable answers without feeling awkward.
Teenagers with questions about birth control can turn to the website AskaDocRI.org. It features a place to anonymously ask Women and Infants doctors about anything from female condoms to whether the pill makes you gain weight. The answer shows up on the website within 72 hours unless the doctors decide that the question was inappropriate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.