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RIPR News
2:15 pm
Sat May 14, 2011

Woodmansee mental evaluations due next week

PROVIDENCE, RI – Evaluations by two physicians on Michael Woodmansee's mental condition are complete and will be handed in next week. And there will also be a hearing next week on an infraction that may keep him behind bars a little longer.


The evaluations are extremely confidential. And they must say Woodmansee needs care and treatment in a mental facility in order to have him involuntarily committed.

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RIPR News
5:57 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

It's good to know a little Poe before you go

Brian McEleneny (Poe) Fred Sullivan Jr. (Dickens)
Photo courtesy: Trinity Rep.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Through its nearly 50-year history, the Trinity Repertory Company has always striven to present new and sometimes controversial work. Now, they have turned to a new piece concerning Edgar Allan Poe.

At one point in Trinity Rep's occasionally meandering yet always compelling new play about Edgar Allan Poe, an actor quotes from Poe's most famous work, "The Raven." But instead of the poem's never-forgotten use of the word "nevermore" he substitutes "What a bore!"

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RIPR News
4:17 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Reciever eyes school surplus in Central Falls

Photo by: Ryan T. Conaty

Providence, RI – The receiver charged with bringing Central Falls back from the brink of bankruptcy is considering taking nearly $2 million from city schools to balance the city budget. The schools have a surplus, but Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo says that money was meant to stave off program cuts for the next school year.

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RIPR News
2:09 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

RI Reps vote against offshore drilling bill

Photo credit: US Capitol.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Both David Cicilline and Jim Langevin voted against a bill passed in the U.S. House lifting offshore drilling restrictions.

The bill called, "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act" lifts the ban put in place after last year's BP oil spill. Supporters say this will cut dependency on foreign oil and lower gas prices. Langevin says it will do nothing but hurt Rhode Islanders in the short-term.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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