Rhode Island

RI News
8:10 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Ousted RIPTA CEO to get $130K and health insurance

RIPTA bus at Kennedy Plaza
Credit RIPR file

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority  has severed ties with its CEO.  Charles Odimgbe  has agreed to leave the transit agency after months of being on paid administrative leave.

According to a separation agreement between Charles Odimgbe and  RIPTA, Odimgbe’s  last day with the agency was December 27th.  He will receive a severance payment of $130,000 plus compensation for any unused sick or vacation time.

Odimgbe was placed on paid administrative leave in August after a video camera was found covered up in a room where cash is handled.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

2nd Story Theatre's Amadeus is a show not to miss

Andrew Iacovelli as Mozart, Ed Shea as Salieri and Valerie Westgate as Constanze
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Dark.

If you had just one word to describe the powerful, incisive version of “Amadeus” at 2nd Story that might be it. After all, even when you enter the performing space you notice the dim. A couple of lights, a candle or two, and that’s it. Watch your step, and maybe get out those reading glasses if you care to check the program.

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RI News
12:09 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Odimgbe out as RIPTA's CEO

Charles Odimgbe has left his position as RIPTA's CEO
Credit RIPR file

The head of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is out five months after he was placed on paid administrative leave for undisclosed reasons.

Charles Odimgbe has severed his relationship with RIPTA, according to a tersely written press release issued by the transit authority’s board.  The decision to end his employment was mutual, according to the statement.

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Education
4:37 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Brown University sees its most diverse application pool

Brown University says it has received its third largest applicant pool in the school’s history.  Brown received close to 29,000 applications for 1,500 slots.

Admission offers will be made in late March.

The university says this is its most diverse pool ever with 38 percent of students identifying themselves as African American, Latino, Native American or Asian.

Sixty-eight percent of applicants are seeking financial aid, a number that has remained unchanged for the last three years.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Treasurer Raimondo rolls out report on her accomplishments

State treasurer Gina Raimondo has come out with a report documenting her first two years in office.

Raimondo says her biggest accomplishment in her first two years of office was passage of a pension overhaul package for state workers.  While it shaved benefits, it guarantees pensions will be available for generations to come and saves taxpayers about four billion dollars over the next 20 years.

Raimondo also reports eliminating a backlog of 900 claims to the Crime Victim Compensation Program. Some of the claims dated back three or four years.

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RI News
4:19 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

RI Labor Dept. hires laid off employees to help the unemployed

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training says it is bringing back eleven previously laid off employees to help with the unemployment insurance call center. 

Jobless Rhode Islanders have had to wait for hours, and in some cases days, to get a call through.  The problem started in July when the Department was forced to lay off a third of its staffers due to reduced federal funding.  

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Morning News Podcast
9:35 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

It seems there are some similarities between a fire in a Brazilian nightclub over the weekend and the one in RI at the Station Nightclub a decade ago.  There's a call to end high stakes testing that will determine whether students can graduate.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

Arts & Culture
8:12 am
Mon January 28, 2013

RI has 3 of the most romantic restaurants in the country

Three Rhode Island restaurants have been named “most romantic” as the result of reviews given by consumers across the country.    Making the list of the Top 100 Romantic Restaurants on the website OpenTable.com are Basil’s Restaurant in Narragansett, Bouchard Restaurant in Newport, and the Spiced Pear in Newport.  

The ratings were given after evaluating five-million reviews consumer reviews.  

The reviews rated Italian, French, American,European/continental, fondue,and seafood cuisines as the most popular.

RI News
1:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Central Falls city councilor sees no reason to meet with receiver

Central Falls City Council President William Benson Jr.
Credit Catherine Welch

Once again the Central Falls receiver will try and meet with the full city council. It’s a chance for the receiver’s office to walk elected officials through a five-year plan guiding the city back to financial solvency.

Three city council members have skipped a handful of earlier meetings. Council president William Benson Jr. is one of them. He says there’s no legal reason why he should meet and go over the plan, so don’t expect him there Monday night.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Opposition group doesn't see same-sex marriage bill passing in the RI senate

A group opposing same-sex marriage says it’s confident that the Rhode Island Senate will defeat legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. The bill passed handily Thursday night in the House

Just minutes after the historic vote in the House, speaker Gordon Fox urged Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to pass the bill in her chamber. There’s no word when the senate judiciary committee will take it up, and Paiva Weed opposes the legislation.

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