News

Pages

Politics
11:38 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Top Providence Dems non-committal on Cicilline

Providence, RI – Providence's top two Democrats are non-committal about whether they'll back the reelection next year of Congressman David Cicilline.

In separate interviews, Mayor Angel Taveras and City Council President Michael Solomon say they remain undecided about backing Cicilline.

Taveras says he usually supports fellow Democrats, but has also backed Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican. When asked about the possibility of Cicilline winning another term in office, Taveras said the elections are too far off.

Read more
Politics
10:15 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Doherty announces run for Congress

Brendan Doherty launches his campaign.
Photo by: Ian Donnis

Providence, RI – More than 200 people were on hand yesterday, when former State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty launched his campaign for the Congressional seat held by Democrat David Cicilline.

Read more
RIPR News
8:51 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Warwick's investment rating downgraded

Providence, RI – Warwick mayor Scott Avedesian is shrugging off the fact that Moody's has downgraded the city's bond rating. The Wall Street firm dropped Warwick's rating from Aa2 to Aa3 because of the city's below average reserve fund and its limited financial flexibility. Avedesian says he's not worried about the lower rating.

Read more
Political Roundtable
8:20 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Doherty for Congress and taxpayer pension costs on Roundtable

Providence, RI – Former State Police Superintendent Brenden Doherty gets political, and the cost of pensions are growing for taxpayers. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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

Read more
Morning News Podcast
8:09 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, May 13, 2011.

RIPR News
10:35 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Taxpayers on the hook for pension payments

Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, RI –


Treasurer Raimondo Speaks Out
Click on the audio to hear Ian's full interview with Gina Raimondo.

State and local taxpayers will be on the hook for much larger pension contributions after a vote today by the state Retirement Board.

State and local taxpayers contribute 308 million dollars each year to the pension plan. By mid-2012, that figure will jump to 621 million dollars because of an earlier vote to cut the state pension fund's expected returns.

Read more
Morning News Podcast
9:04 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Thursday, May 12th, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, May 12, 2011.

RIPR News
8:47 am
Thu May 12, 2011

RI Blue Cross Blue Shield seeks rate increase

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island employers with Blue Cross Blue Shield would see a double digit rate increase under a new request by the health insurance company.

Blue Cross is asking the state's health insurance commissioner for an average rate increase of 10.5 percent for both small and large employers in Rhode Island. The company says that might sound like a lot- but it's two percentage points less than what it needs to charge to cover its costs.

Read more
Top Stories
8:32 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Opponents unite against civil unions

PROVIDENCE, RI – Dozens of people on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate find themselves in an unlikely agreement after a hearing the Statehouse.

They're both against the creations of Civil Unions.

Testimony began a little after 5pm before the House Judiciary Committee and lasted more than three hours. During that time, both sides voiced their opposition to a Civil Union bill for same-sex couples.

Read more
Top Stories
8:17 am
Thu May 12, 2011

2nd Story & The Gamm offer two different comedies

Alexander Platt (Zamir), Wendy Overly (Luella), Casey Seymour Kim (Felicity), Sam Babbitt (Leonard)
Photo by: Peter Goldberg.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Pawtucket's Gamm Theater and Warren's 2nd Story have come up with plays by very different authors. Christopher Durang is male and 62. Sarah Ruhl, female and 37. But both write wacky comedies that try to make you think.

As the winter theater season winds down the Gamm and 2nd Story have . . . well, you might say they've gone off the deep end.

Read more

Pages