RIPR News
12:34 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Another celebrity helps keep the Central Falls Library open

PROVIDENCE, RI – Tony Award-winning actress Viola Davis, who grew up in Central Falls, has donated $1,000 to its library.

Davis is the second high profile actor to donate to the library. Alec Baldwin gave $10,000 in October when he learned the bankrupt city had shut the library down back in July.

Donations of time and money enabled the library to re-open in August. It's now open up to five days a week and will be open a sixth day starting next week.

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RIPR News
12:26 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Chafee unaware of ammendment when he signed pension bill

Gov. Licoln Chafee signs the pension overhaul bill.
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Chafee administration is backing a labor-supported amendment tucked into the pension law, even though Governor Lincoln Chafee wasn't familiar with the amendment when the bill passed.

State administration director Richard Licht answered questions about the amendment after Chafee signed the pension bill into law on Friday. Licht said it's meant to curb the state's use of contract employees by imposing a 5.5 percent assessment on outside contractors.

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RIPR News
12:19 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Crowley: Wyatt where's the money owed to Central Falls?

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Senator Elizabeth Crowley of Central Falls wants to know why the for-profit Wyatt Detention Center has failed to pay the city its $525,000 in annual payments.

Crowley sits on the special legislative panel probing into the detention center's finances. The panel will meet Monday evening at the Statehouse to quiz Wyatt's chief operating officer. Crowley said she has a number of questions needing answers.

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Top Stories
9:18 am
Mon November 21, 2011

RI responds to President Lincoln's Call for Troops

The Soldiers and Sailors Civil War monument across from Providence City Hall commemorates the nearly 1,700 Rhode Islanders who died in the Civil War.
Photo by Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The battle to preserve the union and end slavery claimed more than 600,000 lives; two thirds of them from disease. It was a war in which Rhode Island - a strong abolitionist state - more than held its own.

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Morning News Podcast
9:12 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Four Brown students receive what Time magazine calls, "world's most prestigious scholarship," and National Guard troops come home... all on Rhode Island Public Radio's Morning Edition Podcast.

RIPR News
7:53 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Hunger numbers reach new high

PROVIDENCE, RI – The National Bureau of Economic Research says the recession ended two years ago. But you'd never know it in Rhode Island where 19 percent of the population is either unemployed or underemployed. Hunger has hit a new record high.

According to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 60,000 Rhode Islanders use food banks at least once a month. That number is up 58% since the start of the recession. And even with that help, tens of thousands are unable to meet their basic food needs.

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RIPR News
7:29 am
Mon November 21, 2011

National Guard troops return home

PROVIDENCE, RI – Twenty-five members of the Rhode Island Air National Guard returned from Afghanistan yesterday. And one soldier met his daughter for the first time.

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RIPR News
7:20 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Brown students named Rhodes Scholars

PROVIDENCE, RI – Four Brown University students were among several students at New England universities to be named Rhodes Scholars. Brianna Doherty, Nabeel Gillani, David Poritz and Emma LeBlanc will study next fall at Oxford University in England. The local scholars are part of 32 winners selected nationally from nearly 830 applicants. The postgraduate scholarships average nearly $50,000 per year.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:26 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Reed continues silence on DOMA

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Islanders pretty much always know where U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stands on issues. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has found a hot-button social issue on which Reed has been mum.

Jack Reed has long been Rhode Island's most respected political figure. Even in the anti-Washington and anti-incumbent swirl that has enveloped the nation's capitol, every Rhode Island public opinion survey for years has shown high job approval ratings for Reed.

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Political Roundtable
12:22 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Political Roundtable: The pension bill and Occupy Providence

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras weighs-in on pension reform, and what he plans to do about Occupy Providence.

Providence, RI – The next move on local pensions, and Occupy Providence. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable, with special guest Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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