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8:53 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Chafee unveils plan to fund transportation projects

I-95 as pictured in Providence. Photo by James Wyman

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee used the backdrop of the Pawtucket River Bridge on Interstate 95 Tuesday to make the case for the transit funding plan in his budget.

Chafee wants to steer $12 million from the state general fund for each of the next five years to fund transit improvements. He says creating this regular funding source would allow the state to avoid borrowing and paying interest for costly improvements.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:50 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Lighten Up

WRNI – Who among us hasn't tired of the steady stream of somber, distressing, and sometimes overwhelming news that life manages to dish out during a lifetime? War, disease, national disasters, seemingly ad infinitum. All of us can appreciate the importance of lightening up now and then, backing off from life's nagging stressors. And it's great to hear this message from a wise 13 year-old, Peyton Aleixo.

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RIPR News
5:33 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

RI chooses three compassion centers

Providence, RI – After months of review, the Department of Health has finally named three compassion centers to sell medical marijuana in Rhode Island.

The Department of Health named Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth, Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick, and The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center off Smithfield Avenue in Providence as the winning applicants, but more proposals actually qualified for a license.

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RIPR News
5:33 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Letter urges Brown to bring back ROTC

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A group of Brown alumni with military service sent an open letter to the university urging it to reinstate ROTC.

The letter signed by15 graduates who have either served or are currently serving in the military applauds Brown President Ruth Simmons for exploring the option to bring back ROTC.

Simmons convened a committee back in February following the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

Evan Pettyjohn was a captain in the Marine Corps and signed the letter supporting ROTC's return.

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RIPR News
4:19 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

West Warwick looking at layoffs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – West Warwick is facing a financial crisis that may force the town to lay off more than a dozen employees.


West Warwick is running a four million dollar budget deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. That's 15 percent of the town's total budget. To close the gap, town manager Jim Thomas is proposing
layoffs.

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RIPR News
11:34 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Rebounding from the flood

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Jack Reed was in Westerly Monday touring an auto parts business flooded out in last year's historic flood.


Reed visited the Westerly NAPA Auto Parts store that has also been expanded. Flood waters wiped out the store's inventory and owner Jamie Silvestri's insurance did not cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in flood damage.


The historic floods soaked Rhode Island from Westerly up to Woonsocket with most of the damaged centered in the Warwick, Cranston area.

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RIPR News
10:20 am
Tue March 15, 2011

COMMENTARY: Robitaille: State has a spending, not revenue, problem

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's been a week since Governor Lincoln Chafee unveiled his first state budget. Chafee's republican challenger for governor, John Robitaille, went through the governor's budget and has come up with his own suggestions for tackling the state's finances. Bellow are his thoughts:

Last week Governor Chafee called his budget the "pathway to prosperity," but I believe it's the "road to ruin" for Rhode Island families and small businesses.

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RIPR News
2:55 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Providence would feel the pinch from NFL lockout

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau says Providence would feel an economic pinch from an NFL lockout. Providence is 25 miles from Gillette Stadium. And CVB Vice President of Marketing, Kristen Adamo says fans, teams and television crews often stay in area hotels.

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RIPR News
12:23 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Chafee's budget is a blueprint for voters

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has submitted his first budget proposal. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay discusses what his taxing and spending plan means for the new governor and for his critics.

A governor's first budget provides the blueprint to what voters can expect from an administration. That's because the important message in this budget isn't the numbers. It's in the policies represented by the governor's choices.

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11:19 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Providence officials identify four schools targeted for closure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras on Monday recommended closing four city schools to save at least $12 million next year.

The targeted schools are Flynn Elementary, Windmill Street Elementary, Asa Messer Elementary, and the Messer annex. Taveras says the cuts are necessary since Providence faces a $180 million deficit over two years.

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