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City suggests revised teachers' contract

At a hearing last night, the City Council Education Subcommittee presented its recommendations for negotiating a new Providence teachers' contract, the single biggest expense in the city budget and the most costly teacher contract in the state. The current contract is set to expire in August.


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State rep. aims to roll back Bush tax cuts

Rep. Larry Valencia, D-Charlestown, plans to introduce a bill this week that would roll back Bush-era tax cuts for Rhode Island's wealthy to rein in the state's projected $331 million budget deficit. The bill, which is still being drafted, proposes increasing income tax rates for married couples earning ...


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State sued over school funding formula

The school committees of Pawtucket and Woonsocket filed an amended petition to a lawsuit April 7 against the state for allegedly failing to provide the districts with adequate funds for education under its new funding formula.


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R.I. still plugged in to renewable energy

Despite a $331 million state deficit that has forced political leaders to consider state programs for cuts, Rhode Island's renewable energy efforts are moving forward. The state is focused on shifting from conventional energy sources, and state agencies have increased efforts to identify new sites for ...


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Foodies look to new West Side market

A new market on Providence's West Side will bring local foods to an area that currently lacks organic grocery options. Fertile Underground, a cooperative organization dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture, is opening "a vanguard corner store" at 1577 Westminster St. at the end of June, said ...


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Salmonella breaks out in R.I.

As of Wednesday morning, 75 cases of salmonella had been reported as part of an outbreak centered at DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston and Cranston, according to Annemarie Beardsworth, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Health. Of the 75 people who contracted salmonella, two have died, and two ...


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New public plaza to liven U.'s presence downtown

By now it's obvious — the University is proudly "Building Brown." But what is less obvious is the University's rapid development on the other side of the river, away from the daily lives of students. The new Medical Education Building at 222 Richmond St. will be completed in July. A month later, ...


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Gay marriage bills stall in legislature

Though gay marriage has the backing of Rhode Island's governor and its Speaker of the House, bills to legalize it have yet to be put to a vote. Opponents say the bills simply do not have enough support from state legislators.  


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Korean truck dishes up food and culture

Mama Kim's Korean BBQ joined the fleet of food trucks that serve mobile cuisine to Providence locals and students this March, adding a variety of flavorful and healthy options. The truck primarily parks in front of Barus and Holley Building in the afternoon and in front of MacMillan Hall at night. Hyun ...


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R.I. workers may face immigration checks

The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee heard a bill March 22 that would require all non-governmental employers with more than three employees to check the immigration status of job applicants in E-Verify, a federal employment verification database.


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Mayor and city labor union strike pay deal

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras signed an agreement Wednesday morning with the city's largest labor union that will affect nearly 900 workers and save more than $26 million over the next four years. The city faces a $180 million two-year budget deficit.






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