On Politics
12:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement

Chafee announcing the proposed pension settlement on February 14.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he remains hopeful the proposed state pension settlement can be salvaged, possibly by leaving out the police group that was the only one of six in an initial round of voting to reject the deal.

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RI News
11:51 am
Tue April 8, 2014

RI To Become National Leader Getting Developmentally Disabled Into Jobs

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Eve Hill and US Attorney Peter Neronha announce a plan to get developmentally disabled into jobs.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Federal investigators said an agreement announced Tuesday will make Rhode Island a national leader in integrating disabled people into the workplace

The 10-year pact grew out of an investigation last year that showed developmentally disabled were being sharply underpaid for their work.

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Governor's Race
9:39 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell, Todd Giroux, and Angel Taveras.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The four Democrats running for governor mostly agreed with one another on a host of issues during a forum Monday sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute. The issues included jobs, safety net programs, and taxes.

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Arts & Culture
9:11 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Remembering Local Musician David Lamb Of Brown Bird

David Lamb with his wife MorganEve Swain, both of the band Brown Bird. Lamb passed away earlier this month.
Credit American Songwriter

The local music scene lost an important musician this month.  David Lamb, one half of the Rhode Island folk duo Brown Bird passed away late last week, after a year-long battle with leukemia. Lamb was only 35.

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Pension Overhaul
9:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

What The Rejection Of The Public Pension Settlement Means For The State

After an initial rejection of a proposed settlement over public pensions, a judge has ordered parties back into mediation.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A judge has ordered the parties in a lawsuit over Rhode Island's pension overhaul back to the mediation table, after police voted to reject a proposed settlement. Many teachers, firefighters, state workers and retirees voted to accept the deal, which was reached after more than a year of negotiation.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with political analyst Scott Mackay to figure out what the rejection means, and where the pension settlement can go from here.

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On Politics
7:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Ted Kennedy Jr. to enter family business

Ted Kennedy Jr., is about to enter the family business. Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and brother of former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, is slated today to announce his candidacy for state Senate in Connecticut, where he has lived for many years.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

To Manage Chronic Disease, RI Tries A Team

Pano Yeracaris the new co-director of the Chronic Sustainability Initiative

Having a chronic disease like diabetes or asthma can be debilitating. It can also be managed with ongoing medical treatment and taking care of your health. But there's a cost to not managing these conditions - to your health, and to the health care system. That's why health care professionals and public officials have been focusing their efforts on helping patients manage those chronic conditions through better primary care. That's the goal of the "chronic care sustainability initiative" in Rhode Island, or CSI  RI.

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Gov. Chafee Picks Rhode Island Artist For Official Portrait

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected Rhode Island artist Julie Gearan to paint his official portrait
Credit file / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected the artist who will paint his official portrait. The Rhode Island artist beat out 123 others in the national search.

Julie Gearan said there was something about the fact that she’s not a traditional portrait painter combined with Chafee not being a traditional politician that drew her to apply for the job of painting his official portrait.

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On Politics
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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