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6:18 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Heavy snow can be threat to roof

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – You've shoveled your sidewalk. You've plowed the driveway. But have you thought of looking up?


The Rhode Island Emergency Management agency says roof collapses are a very real possibility with this much snow. Agency director David Smith says flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, but sloped roofs can give out too.

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RIPR News
4:40 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

R.I. hit with 11th snow storm

Cars and buses make their way through downtown Providence. Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Forecasters say don't put away the shovel just yet, another storm is expected this weekend. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say there's a 50 percent chance of snow mixed with rain for Saturday.

Clearing Roof Tops
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is urging state residents to beware of roof collapses.

Agency director David Smith says the amount of snow we've been getting can cause a roof to give way.

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RIPR News
4:04 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Chafee appoints four to Board of Regents

Appointed chairman to the Board of Regents George Caruolo. Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has appointed four members to the Board of Regents including George Caruolo as chairman.

Caruolo was a state representative for 18 years, spending five years as House Majority leader. Caruolo and his children all went to public schools. And on the issue of charter schools, he says he thinks they've worked, but shouldn't be used to replace public schools.

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RIPR News
3:59 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Central Falls receivership now up to R.I. Supreme Court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The future of the Central Falls receivership is now in the hands of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The court heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of the law that empowered the state to appoint a receiver to financially distressed communities.

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Politics
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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RIPR News
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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RIPR News
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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