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8:24 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Segal joins Westin workers in protest

Providence, R.I. – One day after announcing his intention to run for Congress, state Rep. David Segal is getting involved in the Westin Hotel labor dispute.

Accompanied by Westin workers, Segal presented hotel management with the signatures of 3,600 people who are demanding the reversal of a pay cut and health insurance increases imposed on Westin Hotel workers two months ago. The entourage was told the manager, Mark Brown, was not available to accept the signatures.

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RIPR News
8:21 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Students walk out at Hope High

Providence, R.I. – Students from Hope High School in Providence marched across the city yesterday to protest changes that take effect in September. They claim the district is dismantling reforms that have helped turnaround a once troubled school.

"I don't know about you, but my relationship to Hope is simple: before I came to Hope I didn't care about school," says 16-year old Julio Diaz, who adds Hope High School is a place where students get to know their teachers and take extra classes in art and music.

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RIPR News
4:56 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Cicilline launches push to sign residents up for bank accounts

Providence, R.I. – Providence Mayor David Cicilline has launched a program aimed at getting the city's poorest residents to open bank accounts.

It is estimated that 12,000 Providence residents rely on costly check cashing services.

The mayor's intiative, known as operation opportunity, will connect them to low cost banking services. The goal, says Cicilline, is to provide the poor with low cost alternatives to access their own money.

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RIPR News
4:42 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

CVS head Tom Ryan to leave pharmaceutical giant

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS Caremark says Chairman and CEO Thomas Ryan will retire next year, and company executive Larry Merlo will succeed him.

The Woonsocket, R.I., drugstore chain says Ryan plans to step down in May 2011. Its board appointed the 54-year-old Merlo president and chief operating officer and anticipates he will replace Ryan.

Merlo also will be elected to the company's board. Merlo has 20 years of experience with CVS. He served recently as company executive vice president and president of its CVS pharmacy/retail operations.

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RIPR News
3:53 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Students plan walkout at Hope High

Providence, R.I. – Students at Hope High School plan to march to district headquarters this morning to protest schedule changes at the school.

The district is moving Hope from a four period block schedule to a six period schedule, which district leaders say will save money, increase time for science classes and standardize Hope's schedule with that of other high schools in the city.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Bill Gale reviews 'The Underpants' at 2nd Story

Providence, R.I. – Yes, indeed, "frisky" is just the word for this century old German tour de farce by a now mostly forgotten fellow named Carl Sternheim. His script ran on about . . .Oh, well, let's not worry about that.

For you see, Herr Sternheim's script has been adapted - and you strongly suspect __ largely re-engineered by that man of many an artistic talent, Steve Martin.

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Healthcare
1:08 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Rhode Islander named board chairman at AARP

Providence, R.I. – When the Association for the Advancement of Retired persons, or AARP, selected its new board of directors last week, a Rhode Islander moved up to the rank of board chairman.

Phil Zarlengo from Jamestown has served on the National Board since 2006. Before that, he was the President of Rhode Island's AARP for five years. He recently joined WRNI's Bob Seay in the studio to talk about what's next for the AARP and seniors under the new health reform law.

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Arts & Culture
4:21 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

This I Believe - Rhode Island: Boredom

Providence, RI – How often have you stood impatiently in what turned out to be the interminably long line at the supermarket, or felt at a complete loss for what to do in those all-too-rare, often unexpected hiatuses in your overly scheduled life? As Henri Flikier observes, boredom is in the eye of the beholder and, often, is not what it seems.

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RIPR News
4:03 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates offer different solutions to childhood poverty

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's six gubernatorial candidates squared off over poverty issues in a forum sponsored by the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition yesterday.

In 2008, over 118,000 Rhode Islanders -- 12 percent of the population -- were living below the federal poverty level. All six gubernatorial candidates agree this is a problem but disagree on ways to solve it.

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Top Stories
3:58 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Some school districts say they're short-changed under current funding set up

Providence, R.I. – State lawmakers consider three bills this week that would more fairly distribute state aid to school districts.

Under the current system, many districts say they are getting short-changed. Woonsocket City Councilman John Ward says his community faces school deficits for the fourth year in a row.

"Music, art, extra curricular programs, high school electives, teacher aides for elementary classes and now all-day Kindergarten have been or will be eliminated from our offerings to our children," Ward says.

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