Rhode Island

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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Business
3:07 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

The Bottom Line: Confidence returning to RI business community

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk about a new business survey in the Providence Business News that finds more local companies are feeling better about their prospects. They’re feeling more confident about hiring new employees and expanding business.  

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RI News
9:10 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Lawmaker wants same-sex marriage put to popular vote

Despite the same sex marriage momentum on Smith Hill, one lawmaker wants to put the issue on a ballot to let Rhode Islanders vote on changing the definition of marriage.

State Senator Frank Ciccone says his constituents are clamoring for a say on this red-hot issue.  His proposed referendum would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
"My constituents want it placed on the ballot so they have an opportunity to vote so they can make a choice on whether or not they are in favor of same sex marriage. And I am at this point in agreement with them."
 

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