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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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7:22 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Chafee praises controversial tuition measure

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says he's pleased that the Board of Governors for Higher Education is about to approve a measure that would extend in-state tuition to undocumented Rhode Island students who have been in the state's high schools at least three years. The students must graduate and sign an affidavit stating their intention to seek legal status as soon as they are eligible.

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Politics
8:41 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Gordon refuses to resign

Gordon says he dealt with PTSD, \"as most veterans do, by self-medicating with alcohol.\"
Photo by James Wyman.

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Representative Daniel Gordon says his past legal problems stem from post-traumatic stress disorder that he developed during the Persian Gulf War.

Gordon has a lengthy record in Massachusetts, including a conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He blames those troubles on stress related to his Marine service in Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf war.

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9:08 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Lawmakers call for Dan Gordon to resign

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox and other lawmakers are calling for the resignation of Representative Dan Gordon following revelations about Gordon's criminal record.

State police arrested Gordon over the weekend on a charge of operating a car with a suspended license. It was later revealed Gordon had served prison time in Massachusetts for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He also has a record of driving infractions in the Bay State.

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4:29 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Leidecker found guilty of cyber-stalking

Robert Mann (left) and John Leidecker talk with reporters after conviction of cyber-stalking.
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – The deputy executive director of one of the state's largest teachers' unions was convicted Monday of cyber-stalking a former state representative.

District Court Judge Stephen Isherwood rejected arguments that John Leidecker had exercised a constitutionally protected form of free speech. Isherwood said e-mails sent by Leidecker under a fictitious persona to former Bristol rep Douglas Gablinske were harassment.

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8:15 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Unions win first pension battle

\"We?re in the first inning of a nine inning game. The unions have hit a lead off home run but there are a lot more innings to play.\"
Photo by James Wyman.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's public employee unions have won the first round in the contentious joust over state pension benefits. But a court decision may jeopardize the ability for a special session being able to make definitive decisions.

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has denied state government's attempt to establish that the state can unilaterally reduce the pension benefits and cost-of-living benefits of state employees and retirees.

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6:58 am
Mon September 12, 2011

9/11 impacts security at the statehouse

Capitol Police officer Reggie Packer staffs the security station at the entrance to the Statehouse.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Statehouse is the public's house: It's where decisions are made about how Rhode Islanders' tax dollars are spent. In the old days, visitors' bags were hand-checked. But in the post-9/11 age, walking into the Statehouse isn't quite as simple as it used to be.

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6:28 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Muslims welcome

PROVIDENCE, RI – No one who was alive on that glorious Indian summer morning a decade ago will ever forget precisely what they were doing when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

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