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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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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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4:13 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

CMS finds no major problems at RI Hospital

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS are mostly pleased with what they uncovered after an intensive review of the operations at Rhode Island Hospital.

Hospital officials received the report released yesterday and say it lists only minor problems related to the hospital's pharmacy operations and its discharge evaluations.

Cathy Duquette with Rhode Island hospital says she's happy with the results.

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1:56 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Legislation introduced for RI health insurance exchange

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is taking the first step in implementing a major portion of the federal health care overhaul.

New legislation introduced in the Senate would create a quasi-public agency to design Rhode Island's so called health insurance exchange- a place where residents can shop for health insurance that meets their needs and price range.

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts says the exchange is similar to websites like Orbitz that let you compare airline prices.

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8:01 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Hope High battle could go to RI Supreme Court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Hope High School students fighting a schedule change want a conference with the State Supreme Court today. At issue is 190 minutes of weekly teacher planning time. A new schedule cut that time by nearly half. The state Board of Education ruled that violates state regulation But the board says the school can until September to fix the problem. Attorney Miriam Weizenbaum says that's unusual

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7:55 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Newport gets J-Class sailing race

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Newport lost out on hosting the America's Cup this year but it's getting another big sailing event. The British based J Class Yacht Association has announced that Newport has been selected to host its regatta this summer. Gubernatorial spokesman Mike Trainor says three J-Class yachts will participate in five races.

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Local Features
7:51 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Providence, Mi Ciudad: a view from the schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Celia Cabrera likes to do her homework in her bedroom, where she curls up on a shiny purple bedspread. She's a typical 15-year old in many ways, with braces and boyfriend drama. Sometimes, she admits, she neglects her school work.

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