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8:47 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Koller agrees to waive conditions on CNE's contract

Providence, RI – Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Koller is giving up some of his power to avoid a day in court. Koller is temporarily letting go of his new rules about health insurance contracts in response to a lawsuit by the Care New England hospital chain.

According to Care New England, the parent company of Women and Infant Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Butler Hospital, Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Koller will not interfere with Care New England and United Health care as they work on a new contract.

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RIPR News
6:50 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Gist meets with Central Falls teachers

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Education Commissioner Debra Gist and teachers at Central Falls High School sat down for a frank discussion Monday evening about performance at the tumultuous school.

A high teacher absentee rate has caused so many disturbances in the classrooms that around 50 percent of students failed to receive a grade in at least one of their courses.

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RIPR News
2:56 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

RI releasing last $850,000 in lead paint money

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is doling out $850,000 in grants to help residents avoid lead paint poisoning. It's the last round of money from a multimillion dollar settlement with Dupont.

So far, the more than nine million dollars from Dupont has paid for the remediation of 370 Rhode Island homes, with a total of 600 to be completed by the end of next year. This last round of grants will pay for legal support, law enforcement, and data collection related to lead poisoning laws.

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RIPR News
1:43 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

How will RI delegation vote on tax cut deal?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's Congressional representatives, Democrats all, have complained about President Obama's tax deal with Republicans that preserves tax breaks for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. But that doesn't mean they will back up their rhetoric with their votes.

Like an organ filling up a church with Christmas music, the Democratic talk in Washington about the unfairness of the Obama-Republican tax deal is cascading through our nation's capitol.

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Top Stories
7:08 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Boston Archdiocese to freeze pension plan

BOSTON – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston says it will freeze pensions for about 10,000 church secretaries, parochial school teachers and other lay employees.


The archdiocese, which has been struggling with financial problems, says the recent financial meltdown badly hurt its pension fund.

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RIPR News
6:54 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Seem cold out? Get used to it

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – That Arctic blast we experienced last week is consistent with what meteorologists have been forecasting for southern New England this winter.

Cold weather early, followed by milder weather as the winter wears on. That's what long range meteorologist Joseph D'Aleo is forecasting for southern New England.


"It'll be coldest early, then I think the mildest weather will tend to be later in the winter but very cold at times ..especially this month into January," D'Aleo says.

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Top Stories
6:50 am
Mon December 13, 2010

A teacher's view of Central Falls High

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RIPR News
4:53 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Central Falls Fire Chief laid to rest

Providence, RI – Fire fighters and dignitaries from Rhode Island and beyond are gathering today to honor the life of Central Fall's Fire Chief.

Fire fighters remember Rene Coutu as a man who always left his office door open-offering advice or support to anyone with a problem.

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RIPR News
4:25 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Whitehouse undecided on Obama tax plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says including support for renewable energy makes him more likely to support preserving the Bush-era tax cuts.

Whitehouse spoke Friday while visiting a Providence renewable energy company whose annual revenues have grown from $200,000 to $50 million over the last decade. He says the renewable energy tax credits are vital for helping companies like Alteris to compete against foreign counterparts.

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Local Features
7:49 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "South Pacific"

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was early spring of 1949 when "South Pacific" opened in New York. Taken from James Michener's tales of life, love and war on tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean, the musical was an instant, and huge, hit. Bill Gale has our review.
EDITOR'S NOTE: "South Pacific" continues at the Providence Performing Arts Center through Sunday. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.

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