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1:36 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

RI officials "dumbfounded" by Central Falls receiver fee

Providence, R.I. – State officials are criticizing the size of a bill to the city of Central Falls from a former court appointed receiver.

Attorney Jonathan Savage was picked to oversee city-finances for the cash strapped city, which he did from mid-May to mid-July. Now savage's law firm is charging the state more than 300-thousand dollars for the work.

Governor Carcieri's spokeswoman Amy Kempe says she is "dumbfounded" by the figure.

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8:21 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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8:15 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Hundreds weigh in on proposed T.F. Green expansion

Attendees at Tuesday night's hearing are pictured here. Photo by Catherine Welch.

Providence, R.I. – Hundreds of people attended a public hearing Tuesday night in Warwick where supporters and opponents weighed in on an expansion project proposed for T.F. Green airport.

There are three alternatives, but the preferred option calls for expanding the main runway to the south by a little more than 1,500 feet. Supporters, including the Providence Chamber, say a longer runway will allow T.F. Green to compete with other New England airports for direct flight across country.

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6:47 am
Wed August 18, 2010

RI officials plan ground breaking on new train station

Providence, R.I. – A new train station that will extend commuter rail service from Boston to North Kingstown is being celebrated by state and local officials.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for Wednesday on the station at Wickford Junction. Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Director Michael P. Lewis says train service provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is expected to start by the end of next year.

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RIPR News
6:43 am
Wed August 18, 2010

RI lawmaker raises questions about receivership in Central Falls

Providence, R.I. – The state senator who represents Central Falls is calling for greater accountability from the receiver who's managing the city. The mayor and city council were sidelined last month when a $5 million deficit forced the city into receivership, a type of bankruptcy.

State Sen. Elizabeth Crowley says she has no issue with retired Judge Mark Pfeiffer, the appointed receiver of Central Falls. But she wants him to communicate better with city residents who ultimately pay the bills.

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RIPR News
6:34 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Poll: Majority of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage

Providence, R.I. – Public support for gay marriage is growing in Rhode Island. This year's poll by democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows that 59 percent of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage - a 10 percent increase since 2008.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Vice President David Walker says Rhode Islanders are embracing the gay community now more than ever.

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RIPR News
6:30 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Central Falls receiver rolls out new budget

Providence, RI – Central Falls is expecting a $6.3 million budget gap for this fiscal year. The city's receiver Mark Pfeiffer says he was mindful of taxpayers as he crafted the new budget.

To help bridge the gap, residents will pay a ten-percent property tax hike, new fees, and a motor vehicle exemption that goes from $6,000 to $1,000.

To cut expenses, the city chopped nearly a million dollars from the payroll and more than $100,000 in the operations budget by cutting back on cell phones and turning off street lights.

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RIPR News
5:59 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Recess policy sparks controversy

Providence, R.I. – Parents in East Providence are concerned about a new school policy that would end a 10 minute recess after lunch. Superintendent Mario Cirillo says the goal is not to do away with recess, but to let teachers decide when students need time to play.

"Weather permitting they could go outside and have free play for 10 minutes or engage in some kind of physical activity outside with games," said Cirillo. "We're not taking anything away. I see it as an opportunity to enhance recess."

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RIPR News
4:56 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

More state beach closures

Providence, R.I. – Three more Rhode Island beaches are closed to swimming due to high bacteria counts. Earlier today, the Department of Health closed Bristol Town Beach, Conimicut Point Beach and Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick. The Department will reopen the beaches when they're safe for swimming.

Governor Notte Park Beach in North Providence also remains closed.

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RIPR News
4:54 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Breaking ground on Wickford Junction station

Providence, R.I. – Wickford Junction is one step closer to getting a train station. The new station, which the Department will begin work on tomorrow, will take commuters to Boston, Providence, T.F. Green airport, and other cities and towns. The project, funded partly by federal stimulus dollars, should be finished by 2011.

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