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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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Healthcare
9:59 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Patient advocates react to proposed medical marijuana tax

Providence, RI – Joanne Lepannen is the leader of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, or RIPAC. She doesn't like Chafee's plan to tax medical marijuana, but not prescription drugs.
"The fact that medical cannabis is not being treated in the same manner and in the same regard that prescription medication would be maybe create a public perception that it is not the same medicine," Lepannen says.

She says the she's also worried the tax will make it even harder for low income patients to buy their medicine.

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RIPR News
8:14 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Prairie Ave. health complex breaks ground

Providence, RI – It's been nearly 7 years in the making, but Providences community health centers is finally breaking ground on a new project that spans an entire city block.

Right now, the project on Prairie Avenue in South Providence doesn't look like much- gravel and pieces of bricks cover the giant lot surrounded by mill buildings. But Loretta Tharp with Providence Community Health Centers can already see the future.

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RIPR News
1:56 pm
Sat March 12, 2011

Residents rally against Woodmansee's release

Residents against Woodmansee's release rally South Kingstown. Photo by Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – About 200 people gathered at a busy street corner in South Kingstown Saturday to protest the imminent release of confessed child killer Michael Woodmansee.

Woodmansee, now 52, is scheduled for release in August after serving 28 years of a 40 year sentence. Good behavior and a prison job lopped a dozen years off his sentence.

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