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12:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation

In a move that could send the battle over Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul back to court, one of the six plaintiff groups that had to initially sign off on a proposed settlement has voted against the deal.

As a result, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has ordered the two sides in the dispute -- the state and a series of public-employee unions -- back to mediation. Taft-Carter is slated to get an update on the talks next Monday, April 14.

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RI News
12:36 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Votes Tallied, Both Sides Back in Pension Settlement Mediation

Both sides in the lawsuit over the state's pension overhaul were ordered to return to mediation on Monday.
Credit file / RIPR

Thousands of public employees and retirees who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit over the state’s pension overhaul have voted to approve changes made in mediation. Of the 23,624 individuals eligible to cast a ballot, roughly 70 percent did not vote against it. 

The settlement agreement stated that if one of the six plaintiffs groups rejected the deal by more than half, then the settlement process ends. One group, police, rejected the deal by 61 percent. But spokesman for the plaintiffs’ Ray Sullivan, said this will not halt the process.

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Weekend Arts Segment
11:26 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Sound Artist Ed Osborn: Thinking About Sound and Space

Sound artist Ed Orsbon will preview a performance in Pawtucket on April 26th.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Artist Ed Osborn works in audio and video to create installations, sculptures and performance pieces. Osborn is an assistant professor in the Visual Art Department at Brown University.

On his website, his work is described as “testing the patience of audiences.”  His next performance is a preview of a new sound installation that takes place on Saturday April 26th at Machines With Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket at 4:30 pm.

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The Education Blog
11:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

RIP Mickey Rooney

As we remember Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, who died on Sunday at the age of 93, I have my own Mickey Rooney story to tell. And yes, it does have something to do with education, sort of.

Rooney starred in the 1960 movie Platinum High School, one of his many films, though not a particularly famous one. It was a murder mystery set in a private school for wealthy, teenage delinquents.

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Governor's Race
8:50 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Set To Square Off At EconomicForum

The Democratic candidates for governor are slated to discuss a series of economic issues during a forum this evening in Warwick. The event comes with just about five months until the September 9th primary election.

Democrats Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell are expected for the 5 pm candidates’ forum at the Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick. The discussion is being sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End?

A settlement over the state's public pension has been the subject of heated debate.
Credit RIPR FILE

When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.

You can hear political analyst Scott MacKay’s commentary every Monday during Morning Edition on Rhode Island Public Radio.

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RI News
8:35 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kids Count Factbook Finds Minority Children Still Disproportionately At Risk

The latest Kids Count Fact Book comes out Monday. That’s an annual report about the health and well-being of children in Rhode Island. Researchers find many of the state’s minority children are still disproportionately at risk.

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The Education Blog
7:55 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Former Brown Dean Sworn in as President of Connecticut College

Brown's former Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron became the 11th president of Connecticut College on Friday, following an official inauguration ceremony.

Former Brown President Ruth Simmons gave the keynote speech, calling Bergeron "a scholar who loves teaching, an administrator who eschews rigidity, and a musician without an elitist esthetic."

On Politics
1:36 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Former Rep. Peter Wasylyk heads back to RI Statehouse

On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.

As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.

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The Bottom Line
5:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Bottom Line: Maintaining Bridges With Or Without Tolls

A state representative says he's outlived one Sakonnet River Bridges in his lifetime. He's concerned about whether the state will find the funds to maintain the current one.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

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