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Politics
8:41 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Providence and Unions Reach Pension Agreement

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Superior Court judge has approved pension settlement in Providence with retirees and current workers.  Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is expected to finalize the agreement next month.

The Providence pension settlement includes freezing cost of living adjustments, scaling back future benefits and moving retirees over to Medicare.

In her decision, Taft-Carter calls the settlement fair, reasonable, and adequate. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras calls the approval a significant step to finalizing the city’s pension agreement.

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RI News
8:40 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Providence's Newest Affordable Housing Complex Ready for Tenants

Part of the Phoenix affordable housing complex in Providence's west end.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

It took seven years and $21 million, but a large affordable housing complex in the west end of Providence is finally ready for occupancy.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee joined with other dignitaries to celebrate the completion with a ribbon cutting.  The apartments are scattered in 23 buildings. Rhode Island Housing director Richard Godfrey says the buildings were in pretty rough shape.

"They were all vacant. Some of them were burned out. All boarded," says Godfrey. "It was a very, very distressed neighborhood."

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RI News
8:12 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Cat Association Threatens to Pull Convention from Providence

Rhode Island state veterinarian Scott Marshall is defending the actions of his law enforcement officers at a pet show in Providence this past weekend.  
Some cat owners were angry when environmental police demanded health and rabies certificates.

In fact the president of the International Cat Association was so upset she’s threatening to move the group’s annual convention out of Providence.

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RI News
8:47 am
Mon March 4, 2013

The Wearin' of the Green in RI

Clover
Credit courtesy NPR.org

The season of St. Patrick’s has already kicked off in Rhode Island. Pawtucket’s annual parade stepped off on Saturday. Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day parade gets marching on Saturday, March 16.  And Providence’s parade takes place next Saturday. Sister Anne Keefe has been named this year’s Grand Marshal for the Providence parade. She’s recognized for her work in social justice and human rights, including chairing the Providence Human Rights Commission and co-founding the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.

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Religion
8:15 am
Fri March 1, 2013

RI Catholics Honor Retiring Pope with Mass

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A noon mass on Thursday marked the final day of Pope Benedict XVI.  It was held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

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Politics
7:48 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Providence Sues Pension Adviser

Providence City Hall
Credit RIPR file

The City of Providence is suing its longtime actuary, claiming the company made a $10 million mistake in pension calculations.

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Education
8:48 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Providence teacher accused of taking teen to FL

A Providence school teacher accused of taking a teenage boy to Florida will have a lot of time on his hands when he returns to Rhode Island.  56 year old David Jones has been placed on administrative leave while the Providence School Department launches an investigation.  

David Jones may have bailed out of jail over the weekend. The Dade County, Florida  jail, where Jones had been detained on $9,000 bond, said it had no one by that name Sunday morning.  

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RI News
8:20 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Oldest shopping mall in Providence evolves into microlofts

The Arcade in an undated photo
Credit courtesy of ArcadeProvidence.com

Work on the Providence Arcade is in the final stretch.   Building owner Evan Granoff says the job of rehabilitating the old shopping mall is 80 percent complete and it should be ready for occupancy sometime this spring.

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RI News
7:20 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Several RIPTA routes detoured days after the storm

RIPTA bus at Kennedy Plaza
Credit RIPR file

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is still detouring 12 of its bus routes due to the aftermath of last weekend’s snow storm.  On its website RIPTA says the affected routes will remain detoured until further notice.
You can see the latest information provided by RIPTA here. 

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Will this be the year when the General Assembly strengthens RI's gun laws?

Guns in the custody of the Providence police.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Law enforcement officials have tried without success for years to make Rhode Island’s gun laws more stringent. They say tougher laws would help to deter gun-related violence. Now, in the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the question remains whether Rhode Island will beef up its gun laws. For starters, gun control supporters will have to overcome powerful opposition from the National Rifle Association.

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