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5:14 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Redistricting plan drawing critics

PROVIDENCE, RI – The two Republicans hoping to run against Congressman David Cicilline are sharply criticizing a plan for redrawing Rhode Island's congressional lines. Cicilline's Democratic colleague, Congressman Jim Langevin, also opposes the plan.

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5:20 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Independent tack for RI's Republican Party

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the two men running to be the next state Republican Party chairman heads a conservative group called the Rhode Island Republican Assembly. Raymond McKay thinks the GOP needs to be more independent in setting its own direction.

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2:32 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Redistricting commission rolls out the maps

PROVIDENCE, RI – The latest maps for state and congressional political districts go before the public Monday night at a meeting in Johnston. It's the first of several meetings this week where the public will get a chance to comment on maps for most of the state districts and the two congressional districts.

Commission member Ray Rickman said now's the time for public input.

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12:16 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Federal probe into Providence's anti-poverty program

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Attorney's office is investigating ProCAP, the anti-poverty agency that came under fire last week amidst allegations of financial mismanagement.

Bill Fischer, a spokesman for ProCAP, said federal prosecutors subpoenaed copies of all applications and receipts for assistance five months ago. He said investigators have not been satisfied with the Providence agency's response.

Jim Martin, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said the probe is focused on the expenditure of federal funds.

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7:30 am
Tue November 29, 2011

State GOP chairman leaves for D.C. post

PROVIDENCE, RI – After eight months in his volunteer role, State Republican Party chairman Ken McKay is leaving for a staff job in Washington, D.C.

McKay resigned last week to become a senior adviser to freshman Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. In a message released by Johnson's office, McKay says he wanted to be a part of what he calls, "the battle of our time," in the nation's capital.

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9:31 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Providence police brace for Occupy Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence police officials are getting ready for a demonstration later this week by a group inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Occupy Providence has announced plans for a march through the capital city's downtown at 5 pm Saturday. It also plans to maintain a presence at Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza. Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says law enforcement isn't sure what to expect.

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9:35 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Engage Rhode Island forms to reform pension system

Providence, RI – A new advocacy group, Engage Rhode Island, was created to build public support for implementing what it calls comprehensive pension reform.

In tax lingo, Engage Rhode Island is a 501(c)4. In other words, it's a nonprofit that can do unlimited lobbying and campaigning without disclosing where its money comes from. Spokesman Jon Duffy says Nortek executive Ed Cooney started the group for civic reasons and the threat posed to the state by the rising cost of public pensions.

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9:05 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Dueling rallies at the statehouse over new tuition rates

Dueling protests at the statehouse highlight changes to college tuition rates in the Ocean State.
Photo by Catherine Welch.

Providence, RI – The state's new policy allowing undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition rates prompted two rallies at the State House Wednesday. Roughly 500 opponents gathered outside the Capitol building, carrying signs saying "Dump Chafee," "Enforce our Laws and "What Part of Illegal Don't You Get?"

Keith Anderson, an East Providence High School teacher, accused the Governor of selectively enforcing laws.

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8:15 am
Wed October 5, 2011

State lawyers challenge pension ruling

State lawyers are challenging a lower court's decision over pension benefits.
Photo by James Wyman

PROVIDENCE, RI – State lawyers are asking the Rhode Island Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's finding that public employees have a contract right to their pensions.

State lawyers say an immediate review of the lower court decision is necessary and warranted. They say a ruling will make clear what state officials can do to overhaul Rhode Island's pension system when lawmakers meet later this month. Rhode Island has a $7 billion unfunded pension liability.

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6:46 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

First Lady talks to military wives about challenges

First Lady Michelle Obama and Marine wife Amy King talking about the challenges of being a military spouse.
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – First Lady Michelle Obama told military wives in Cranston Friday that she was there to listen as the women detailed some of the challenges their facing being married to the military.

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