Providence, RI – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will hold another hearing today on a proposed seven percent service cut. But one group of riders isn't waiting for the hearing to begin to express their concerns.
Providence, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin says he is reviewing a deal that would allow the federal government to avoid defaulting on its debt. The Rhode Island Democrat has not said whether he will support the deal. It calls for spending cuts, but would not raise taxes on the wealthy. Langevin says it is important that the US remain in good standing with its creditors. However, he says a fair solution should include both spending cuts and tax increases for higher income households.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Born in Taiwan, Ju-Pong moved to Montreal as a young child. In kindergarten she is given the name "Polly" by her kindergarten teacher because Her father wants her to have an English sounding name. She describes deciding in graduate school to again use the name Ju-Pong.
Providence, RI – The state spent this week seeking feedback from Rhode Island's disability community. Public meetings across the state were open forums for complaints, praise, and ideas about how to make the Ocean State more accessible. But WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall reports most disabled residents can't get past their fear of losing basic services.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls retirees have sent a letter to receiver Robert Flanders Jr. seeking more time to decide on proposed pension cuts. They're also asking Flanders for the documents supporting his request.
The letter says as a group, retired police and firefighters feel that it is unfair that Central Falls gave them five days notice to use a simple ballot to decide on cuts that could chop some pensions in half.