PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Troubled pensions, and an inside view from state Treasurer Gina Raimondo. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tomorrow, WRNI and the Rhode Island Foundation will host "Center Stage: A Spotlight on Rhode Island Theater" at The Gamm in Pawtucket. It's a look at the comedy and tragedy of making it in theater in the Ocean State. As part of the series, WRNI's Alex Nunes spoke with Ed Shea, artistic director of 2nd Story Theatre in Warren.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the last decade, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley has been challenging audiences in Rhode Island at his Mixed Magic Theater in downtown Pawtucket. Mixed Magic is most known for bringing diversity to its performances of both well-known and original productions.
At the only table in a large room rimmed with windows, Mixed Magic Theater founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley wraps up another meeting with his architect and carpenter.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Treasurer Gina Raimondo says she doesn't believe public employees are legally protected from potential cuts to their pensions.
State government faces more than four billion dollars in unfunded pension liability. Considering that, Raimondo says a day may come when the state has to cut pension benefits. Raimondo says she doesn't believe pension recipients have a property right that would shield them from cuts.
Providence, RI – Last November, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island decided to cut costs by not paying for brand name drugs when there was a cheaper generic version. But some residents say there are no alternatives to the medications they need. Now they're faced with paying the full market price or going without their medicine.
Catherine Lewis has a problem. Six years ago, Lasik surgery improved her vision, but it left her with a painful side effect.
Providence, RI – Only a week after Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket received permission to accelerate its timeline for finding a buyer, the financially strained hospital has signed a "nonbinding letter of intent" with RegionalCare Hospital Partners from Tennessee.
But Spokesman Bill Fischer says the letter doesn't close the door on other potential bidders.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A group of Rhode Island municipalities opposed to the Weaver's Cove liquefied natural gas,or LNG, terminal in Fall River, Massachusetts is working to bring newly elected officials up to speed on the issue.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it's still conducting the environmental review on plans to turn an existing LNG facility into a distribution terminal. And FERC says there's no timeline for when it will release a final decision.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Advocates are renewing an effort for undocumented immigrants to be able to attend state colleges for the same in-state tuition as U.S. citizens.
Senator Juan Pichardo, a cosponsor of the bill, addressed supporters yesterday during a State House rally.
"This is a moral imperative," Pichardo said. "It does not make any sense to deny any young student the opportunity they have created to excel and reach their full potential in higher education. We all benefit at the end."