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10:34 am
Wed January 29, 2003

Cranston Bail Out Proposed

Cranston – Residents of Cranston would face an additional tax increase this year of nearly 13 percent, under a fiscal recovery plan unveiled Tuesday night by Mayor Stephen Laffey. That follows an 11.5 percent increase already enacted.

Laffey also proposes $11-million in spending cuts. He has not decided exactly where those cuts would be made. Laffey said he knew the cuts and tax increase would be difficult for all residents, even though that prior to this year property tax increases in Cranston had been the lowest in Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
3:48 pm
Sun January 12, 2003

Broad Support For New Governor

Providence – Donald Carcieri became governor of Rhode Island Tuesday with strong support from many sectors, including backers of his election rival.

"I'm excited. I think we've put together a good team and
lets get on with it," said Governor Carcieri.

That means a separation of powers bill the governor planned to unveil before the end of the week and a legislative package including tax cuts to attract investment and businesses to Rhode Island. Carcieri also plans a reorganization of state government.

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RIPR News
2:21 pm
Sun January 12, 2003

New RI High School Requirements

Providence – The Rhode Island Board of Regents is launching what it hopes will be fundamental changes at the state's public high schools. Regulations approved Thursday night include new literacy requirements for students of all ages who read below grade level.

The regulations begin with the premise that there are deep seated problems at Rhode Island's high schools. High drop-out rates, large, impersonal student bodies and an increasing number of graduates who need remedial college courses are just a few.

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RIPR News
1:03 pm
Sun January 12, 2003

Hornoff Speaks Out

Warwick – After more than six years in prison former Warwick police officer Scott Hornoff says he has no bitterness. On Wednesday he scolded police, prosecutors, and media for lack of vigilance in his case. In particular he pointed to the police officers who investigated him. He wondered aloud if the two men who investigated him were promoted for his conviction.

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RIPR News
10:35 am
Sun January 12, 2003

Outsider Is New Providence Police Chief

Providence – Providence Mayor David Cicilline has chosen an outsider, Dean Esserman, as the new chief of police in Providence.

Esserman's last post as a police chief was in Stamford, CT. He has served as chief of the metro north railroad police, the assistant chief in New Haven, CT, and as a New York City prosecutor. He comes to Providence after a brief stint as a private consultant. He has a four year contract and will earn $138-thousand a year.

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RIPR News
3:37 pm
Tue January 7, 2003

Hornoff Off The Hook

Warwick – A former Warwick police detective who spent more than six years in prison is now recognized as an innocent man. A judge Monday vacated the conviction of Jeffrey Scott Hornoff for the 1989 murder of Victoria Cushman and dismissed the charges against him. That's because another man pleaded guilty to the crime and is now serving a thirty year prison sentence.

Only days after pleading not guilty to second degree murder, Todd Barry returned to court to plead guilty as part of a deal with state prosecutors.

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RIPR News
12:56 pm
Tue January 7, 2003

New Mayor Sworn In

Providence, RI – A new era in Providence politics began Monday with the inauguration of David Cicilline as the mayor of Providence.

As snowflakes fell on the newly renovated Kennedy Plaza, a sense of festive anticipation prevailed. Nearly one thousand peopled gathered there to watch the inauguration.

Former Mayor Buddy Cianci was not mentioned by name on the inauguration ceremonies. But his administration cast a long shadow over the Cicilline agenda.

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RIPR News
11:28 am
Mon December 30, 2002

Supreme Court Justice Dies of Heart Attack

Providence – Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Victoria Lederberg died of a massive heart attack Sunday at her home in Providence. She was 65.

"She had a great passion for the law, this court, the judiciary, her husband Seymour, her two children, and her six grand children," said Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Williams.

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Arts & Culture
4:01 pm
Mon December 16, 2002

First Night Providence Preview

Providence – Deborah Becker speaks with two artist who will be among the hundreds of artists and performers at First Night Providence this year. Storyteller Tejumola Ologboni discusses why he describes himself as a 'verbal illusionist' and talks about his the african heritage of his storytelling
Ellen Santaniello, of the Zorgina Vocal Ensemble discusses their focus on music about women. We also talk with Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher.

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Mon December 16, 2002

First Night Providence Preview

Deborah Becker speaks with two artist who will be among the hundreds of artists and performers at First Night Providence this year.

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