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R.I. undocumented students' tuition changed

Following many hours of heated public debate Monday night, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education voted unanimously to allow undocumented students in Rhode Island to pay in-state tuition to attend public colleges and universities. The change will go into effect for the 2012 fall semester. ...


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Average statewide SAT scores drop

Average SAT scores for public school seniors in Rhode Island — and across the country — dropped this year, but the lower scores are not a reflection of intelligence, experts are saying.


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Central Falls receiver fires police chief

State-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders Jr. '71 fired Central Falls Police Chief Joseph Moran III Friday, along with a prosecution clerk for the police department and a deputy city clerk. The firings were part of a series of cost-cutting measures to help rescue the bankrupt city.


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Local biotech startup raises $10 million

NABsys, a Providence biotechnology company with Brown connections whose research could be used to treat cancer, recently raised $10 million in venture capital. Located in the Jewelry District, the company sits in a biotechnology research and life sciences hub that political leaders say is key to the ...


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Hearing examines municipal pensions

Rhode Island House and Senate finance committees met yesterday for the second of three joint hearings on fixing the state's escalating pension problems. Sen. Daniel Daponte, D-East Providence and Pawtucket, and chair of the Senate committee on finance, announced that the General Assembly may hold more ...


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I-195 commission set for Senate approval

The Senate Corporations Committee approved Gov. Lincoln Chafee's '75 P'14 nominations to the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission at its hearing yesterday, green-lighting the roster for a vote by the full Senate Thursday.


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City's students settle into new classrooms

When the school bells rang for the Providence public schools in late August, about 1,800 students started the year in unfamiliar buildings. They are former pupils of the five city schools — Asa Messer Elementary School, Asa Messer Annex, West Broadway Elementary School, Edmund W. Flynn Elementary ...


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IBM to deliver land management recommendations

As one of 24 winners of IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge, Providence received a grant — in the form of the services a team of IBM experts valued at up to $400,000 — to redevelop the city's land-use management system in March. As the deadline for IBM's report to the mayor nears, the consultants ...


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Pension hearing draws crowd

Rhode Island public employees and union leaders packed the State House Wednesday for a joint finance committee hearing on Rhode Island's chronically underfunded pension system.


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Students slow to support Obama

President Obama swept into office in 2008 with significant support from college students, winning roughly 94 percent of the vote at Brown's on-campus polling center and 63 percent across the state. But with slightly more than a year to go before the 2012 presidential vote, Providence area college students ...


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R.I. commemorates 9/11 attacks

Organizations throughout Rhode Island commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks over the weekend, focusing less on the past and more on moving forward and building a safer world.


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Bagel Gourmet brings flavor to Jewelry District

Walking through the first floor of the University's Medical Education Building, visitors would hardly know they were in the third branch of Bagel Gourmet Cafe if it were not for the distinctly familiar aroma of bagels that fills the air at the end of a corner hallway.


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Raimondo warns of 'death spiral' for state pensions

Calling the state's underfunded pension system a "death spiral," General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that urgent action is needed to address the growing gap between the state's assets and its commitments to retiring public sector workers.


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Commissioners appointed to allot I-195 land

Providence and Rhode Island government officials have chosen seven members to serve on a powerful commission designated to oversee the development of land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195. The commission will determine who will acquire and develop the land.





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