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11:02 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Robitaille: Where is the outrage in Central Falls?

Central Falls City Hall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – I was born in Central Falls - at a time when Broad and Dexter streets were booming with small businesses, churches on Sundays were over-crowded and neighborhood social clubs were choice venues for weddings, celebrations and community events. It was a thriving, spirited and engaged community.

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RIPR News
5:31 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Legal Services holds on to paralegals for now

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Good news for 13 paralegals who were laid off last week by Rhode Island Legal Services. The agency, which supplies legal advice to Rhode Island's poorest citizens, has agreed to keep the employees on until February 15th while talks continue to address the fiscal problems that prompted the pink slips.


Patrick Quinn, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, says the postponement came after a one hour meeting with Legal Services director Robert Barge.

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RIPR News
3:30 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

More snow on the way

Providence, RI – Get ready for more snow. The National Weather Service is predicting up to six inches by the end of the day tomorrow, followed by a wintry mix of snow and rain Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service's Bill Simpson says the commute tomorrow should be relatively painless, but watch out for Wednesday.

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2:44 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Raimondo launches full treasury review

Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo is conducting a meticulous review of the state treasury. She says the top to bottom review will provide a fresh set of eyes on the state's finances.

Raimondo has put together an advisory group to focus particularly on the state's CollegeBound fund, the state sponsored college savings program. She says investment research company Morningstar has ranked it last in the nation.

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1:55 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

National Grid to lay off 1,200

Providence, RI – In an effort to streamline its operations, National Grid is laying off 1,200 employees over the next few months.

During a conference call with reporters, US National Grid President Tom King says it's difficult to say where those lay-offs will take place. "We won't really know the job impacts across the various states until we get through the process this summer, he says.

King says the lay-offs come from management positions and won't affect union or in the field jobs.

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Local Features
1:31 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Majority rules, except when it doesn't

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The two most powerful Rhode Island statewide politicians - Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin - were elected with much less than a majority of the vote. What should state government do about this?

Every American school child learns this basic tenet of democracy: Majority rules. Then there is the Rhode Island corollary: Except when it doesn't.

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1:14 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Groups merge to create Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three organizations have now merged to become the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.


Alliance chairman Richard Litch says merging the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island and the Bureau of Jewish Education has been discussed for a decade.


Licht says the group will fund the dozens of programs and services that enhance Jewish Life in Rhode Island, such as the kosher food pantry.

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7:32 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Chafee questions charter school plan

Providence, RI – Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has asked federal officials for flexibility in the state's $75 million Race to the Top program. The application called for a significant increase in the number of charter schools. Chafee spokesman Mike Trainor says the governor is not convinced that is the right plan.

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7:17 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Snow busts RI transportation budgets

Providence, RI – Ready or not, another snow storm is headed our way. The National Weather Service is forecasting three to four inches for Rhode Island on Tuesday.

These back-to-back storms are really creating havoc with municipal budgets.

Cranston budgeted $550,000 for snow removal this year. Usually that's enough. But this year --only six weeks into an unusually snowy winter season-- the money's gone and the city will have to dip into its rainy day fund for future plowing.

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Local Features
7:57 am
Sun January 30, 2011

Providence, Mi Ciudad: Business on Broad Street

A chimi chef cooks up dinner on a recent Friday night.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Customers line up at the El Vecino Meat Market at Warrington and Broad Street to buy groceries and lottery tickets, and Estevez rings them up. It's her parent's store.

Her dad speaks Spanish, she speaks English. So on top of being a psychology student at URI, she works here every day, earning a real world business degree as her family store competes with identical stores in either direction on this stretch of Broad Street.

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