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5:34 am
Thu June 10, 2010

RI Supreme Court reverses Family Court decision

Providence, R.I. – In a pointed decision reversing a termination of parental rights, Rhode Island's highest court has again criticized Jeremiah Jeremiah Jr., retiring chief judge of the Family Court.

The High Court returned parental rights to Jason Trench, who had been an inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions for all but 100 days of his daughter's life when the case came to Family Court, according to the opinion written by Justice Francis X. Flaherty.

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Politics
4:52 am
Thu June 10, 2010

RI governor signs tax changes into law

Providence, R.I. – In a bill signing ceremony yesterday, Gov. Don Carcieri put his signature on a new law cutting state income taxes for the highest earners. Proponents say the new measure will make the state more competitive.

Gov. Carcieri has been calling for tax cuts since he came into office in 2003, so he was happy to sign the new law.

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RIPR News
4:37 am
Thu June 10, 2010

RI governor stands behind wind farm bill

Providence, R.I. – Governor Carcieri is standing behind controversial legislation that he says will help jumpstart Rhode Island's renewable energy industry.

Critics call the legislation for a wind farm off of Block Island a special deal to help Deepwater Wind. They also object to above-market prices for electricity from the proposed wind farm.

But Carcieri says Deepwater's demonstration project offers stability on energy prices.

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WRNI VIDEO
11:10 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Video preview: Death Vessel on Rhode Island Artscape

Providence, R.I. –

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Politics
5:59 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Advocates fear fate of RI ethics bill

Advocates for placing the ethics question on the November ballot are seen here. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – Good government advocates fear the state Senate may adjourn for the year without acting on a bill to restore the strength of the state ethics commission.

Voters created the state Ethics Commission in 1986 through a constitutional convention to monitor the ethical behavior of public officials. Common Cause Director John Marion says the commission still has an important role to play in Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
5:58 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Brown sees rising interest in teaching field

Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – The Ivy League has a reputation for sending students on to lucrative careers in law, medicine or on Wall Street. But at Brown University, a growing number of students are choosing teaching instead. The most recent university survey revealed that education was the top field for graduates in the class of 2009, and college officials expect the trend to continue this year.

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RIPR News
4:45 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Central Falls unveils new school design, approves two new principals

Central Falls, R.I. – Central Falls school officials have unveiled a new design for the district that includes a separate school for fifth graders.

Superintendent Fran Gallo says the recommendation is partly due to space constraints and partly due to concerns about student achievement, which seems to begin dropping off in fifth grade.

The school board also approved two new principals for Central Falls High School, which is undergoing a state-ordered overhaul to raise test scores.

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RIPR News
4:43 am
Wed June 9, 2010

RI DMV resumes Wednesday hours

Providence, R.I. – The state Department of Motor Vehicles will be open today for the first Wednesday in three months. But that doesn't mean their computer conversion is complete.

The Department of Motor Vehicles , which has been closed on Wednesdays since March, is reopening to deal with a crush of summer business. Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for Governor Carcieri, says the new computer system won't be ready to go until late October or early November. In the meantime, she says, long lines will remain the norm.

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RIPR News
4:40 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Construction workers rally for RI wind farm

Providence, R.I. – Dozens of unionized construction workers rallied inside the Statehouse yesterday in support of a controversial wind farm project.

Lou Lepizzera of Cranston is a member of Laborers, Local 271. He says the appeal of Deepwater Wind's demonstration project off of Block Island is clear.

"Sustainable work," he says. "A workforce where people will be out there working, paychecks, being able to provide for and support their families."

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RIPR News
12:47 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Critics say bureaucracy on meds gets in the way of patient care

Providence, R.I. – End of life care is often about managing pain ensuring that elderly patients are comfortable in the final months or years of their lives. But some advocates for the elderly say federal regulations are making that job more difficult than necessary and as a result, the elderly are suffering without reason.

Nurse Candace Foisy experienced the problem first-hand last fall at the Summit Commons Nursing Home in Providence.

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