RIPR News
8:38 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Providence seeks contributions from tax exempt nonprofits

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence officials say talks are going slowly as they seek larger contributions from tax exempt educational institutions and hospitals. The city is counting millions of dollars in extra payments from the non profits to balance this year's budget. School officials say they are happy to discuss partnerships with the city, but they are not likely to give extra financial contributions.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:26 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Compromise and civility needed to fix the pension

PROVIDENCE, RI – Both sides are impassioned in the debate over the pension overhaul. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that in order to fix this critical problem, everyone must be willing to compromise.

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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RIPR News
2:59 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Providence councilman fights for Occupy protesters

Occupy Providence has been camping out in Burnside Park since October 15th.
RIPR file photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – By IAN DONNIS
A Providence city councilman says he plans to introduce an ordinance that would allow Occupy Providence to remain indefinitely in Burnside Park.

Mayor Angel Taveras has said Occupy Providence can't remain in Burnside Park indefinitely due to safety issues. The city has pledged to take legal action to remove the occupiers, but Ward 10 Councilor Luis Aponte of Washington Park says they should be allowed to stay.

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RIPR News
2:52 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

AG Kilmartin joins push for funds to stop human trafficking

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has joined 43 other attorneys general requesting funding to fight human trafficking.

In a letter to U.S. House and Senate Appropriations leadership, the attorneys general called for funding for a series of programs involving state and local law enforcement, legal assistance and the FBI.

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RIPR News
9:38 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Teachers face new rules to maintain credentials

PROVIDENCE, RI – Teachers in Rhode Island will now face the loss of their credentials if they receive low ratings on a new evaluation system. The State Board of Education voted in the new rules at their monthly meeting Thursday. They take effect in January.

Under the new system, a teacher would lose certification if he or she is rated as ineffective for five consecutive years. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says the goal is to make sure there is a great teacher in front of every Rhode Island classroom.

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RIPR News
9:08 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Chariho school board member resigns

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Morning News Podcast
8:46 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox weighs in on the pension overhaul, and teachers will face new certification requirements based on annual evaluations...all on Rhode Island Public Radio's Morning Edition Podcast.

Political Roundtable
8:21 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Political Roundtable: Gordon Fox weighs in on the pension overhaul

PROVIDENCE, RI – The next step on the pension overhaul bill, and an inside view from House Speaker Gordon Fox. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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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RIPR News
5:02 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Providence refusing to give banks a tax break on property

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announces the loophole closure in Providence's West End.
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras signed an executive order Thursday preventing lenders that repossess foreclosed properties from claiming a tax reduction for owner-occupied properties.

Taveras says eliminating the homestead exemption for those lenders is one step to lessen the city's foreclosure crisis.

"A bank that forecloses on a property continues to receive a 50 percent owner-occupied homestead exemption until the end of that year," says Taveras. "That's unacceptable and today is starts to change."

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RIPR News
3:18 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

"Black money" scam operation targeting New England

A stack of \"black money\" similar to what crooks are passing off to victims.
Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secret Service agents in Providence are asking victims of "black money" schemes to come forward so that the con artists can be unmasked. Authorities believe up to 20 black money scammers are operating in New England and that an untold number of people have been victimized.

"If it sounds too good to be true it probably is," says Thomas Powers, resident agent in charge of the Secret Service office in Providence.

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