RIPR News
10:29 am
Fri February 24, 2012

High approval ratings for Taveras, Raimondo in Brown Univ. poll

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new Brown University poll has good news for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo. The poll also has bad news for Governor Lincoln Chafee and Congressman David Cicilline.

As he tries to fend off bankruptcy in Providence, Taveras has the best approval rating in the Brown poll. Sixty percent of respondents say he's doing a good or excellent job. Raimondo is close behind with an approval rating of 58 percent.

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RIPR News
10:29 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Vets eligible for scholarships to study marine trades

PROVIDENCE, RI – Veterans in Rhode Island looking to learn boat building may be eligible for tuition, housing and book scholarships, thanks to new federal legislation. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will fund vets studying marine trades and technology at the International Yacht Restoration School (IRYS) in Newport and Bristol. IRYS Manager of Student Affairs Debra Huntington says the school's programs offer veterans the chance to transition from the military to civilian careers.

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RIPR News
10:17 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Sasse says bankruptcy is "not the end of the world"

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former state revenue director Gary Sasse says bankruptcy can help a city to emerge in better shape.

Sasse spoke during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

Sasse, a consultant to the Providence City Council, says bankruptcy should be a last resort for the capital city. But he says filing for bankruptcy isn't the death knell for a struggling community.

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RIPR News
10:10 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Higher ed board approves URI retirement incentives

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Rhode Island's higher education board voted Thursday night to approve a retirement incentive for the University of Rhode Island. URI officials say the incentive could save roughly $4 million by thinning the ranks of senior employees. The incentives would provide one-time payments of 40 percent of employees' current salaries if they step down. The University says more than 250 faculty and staff are eligible for the payments.

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RIPR News
1:59 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Actor James Woods to support "I'm sorry" legislation

Providence, RI – Actor James Woods is making a visit to the Rhode Island General Assembly next week. He'll voice his support for a bill that makes it easier for doctors to say "I'm sorry."

James Woods has some personal experience with medical errors and apologies. In 2006, his brother Michael Woods died of a heart attack three hours after entering Kent Hospital's emergency room.

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RIPR News
1:32 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Salve Regina VP charged in hit and run

PROVIDENCE, RI – Salve Regina's Vice President for University Relations is facing charges for a hit and run over the weekend. Newport Police say officers were dispatched to the intersection of Thames and McAllister shortly after 10:00pm on Saturday.

A 33-year-old woman told police that a black Mercedes Benz rear ended her. She could not identify the driver, but pieces of a black Mercedes were left in the road.

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RIPR News
12:28 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Exclusive: Cranston wants payments from Johnson & Wales

PROVIDENCE, RI – The city of Cranston is asking Johnston and Wales University to start making payments in place of property taxes. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says Johnson and Wales owns just over 20 acres of land in Cranston. If the school paid property taxes it would provide well over $800,000 in extra revenue each year.

"This is something that for me has been a priority," Fung said. "Because Johnson and Wales, even though it's a small part of our city, it's still a part that we provide services to."

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RIPR News
9:51 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Woonsocket fires 600 school employees

PROVIDENCE, RI – Woonsocket is sending layoff notices to 600 school employees - the district's entire teaching staff. The terminations would be effective in September. School Committee Chairwoman Anita McGuire Forcier says the district needs maximum flexibility to close a deficit. The full extent of the hole is still unknown.

"And these layoff notices are not about job performance," Forcier says. "They are about leaving options open for our cash-strapped city and school department."

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Morning News Podcast
9:24 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Woonsocket is sending layoff notices to its entire teaching staff, and the prayer banner at Cranston High School West won't come down until next week at the earliest...hear all this and more on RIPR's Morning Edition Podcast.

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9:18 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Cranston mayor questions ACLU legal fees

PROVIDENCE, RI – Cranston officials are balking at a $173,000 bill presented by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union for expenses stemming from the prayer banner case. They're looking for a way to whittle the bill down.

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