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RIPEC report shows dire state finances

With Rhode Island facing a $290 million budget shortfall, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released a report last week on the state's financial outlook. Though the information in the report is not new to officials, it provides a comprehensive overview of the fiscal challenges facing the state. ...


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School board dismisses district's 1,926 teachers

The Providence School Board voted 4-3 to terminate the contracts of all 1,926 teachers in the district at its Feb. 18 meeting. The proposal, which originated from Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' office, was created to provide "flexibility" in addressing the city's deficit, Taveras wrote in a statement. ...


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Chafee '75 returns from Houston tour

Governor Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14 returned Monday from a two-day tour of the Texas Medical Center. The trip to Houston was the first in a series of tours that Chafee hopes will provide models for technology-fueled growth in Providence's Jewelry District.


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Bill aims to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students

Antonio Albizures and his family left Guatemala in 1992, illegally crossing the Mexican-American border by foot and ultimately settling in Rhode Island. He graduated a member of Blackstone Academy Charter School's class of 2009 and nursed the desire to pursue political science and sociology at the University ...


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Hearings address Prov. teacher contracts

At a Providence City Council hearing Tuesday night, Amit Jain '12 presented chart after chart ranking Providence among the worst school districts in Rhode Island. He aimed to provide ideas to improve the Providence Teachers Union contract, which will expire in August.


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R.I. Republican Party to select new chairman next month

Four months out from the November elections, state Republicans have turned their attention to the party's future in Rhode Island. After four years under the leadership of Giovanni Cicione, the party will pick a new chairman next month, and speculation has begun about potential challengers to Democratic ...


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R.I. Foundation awards three grants to U.

The Rhode Island Foundation recently awarded the University three strategy grants, ranging from $25,000 to $87,631. The grants will be allocated to the Department of Education, the Center for Environmental Studies and the Alpert Medical School.


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Simmons, Chafee '75 seek ideas for R.I.'s economic development

President Ruth Simmons will travel to Houston early next week on a fact-finding trip with Gov. Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14 and other Rhode Island leaders. This is the first of several trips to innovative U.S. cities that the Chafee administration says will inform the governor's plans to enhance Rhode Island's ...


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Alums apply to open pot center

Three Brown alums — Lee Golini '03, Matthew Madison '05 and Jose Florentino-Reyes '08 — have applied to open a medical marijuana compassion center in North Kingston. Submitting one of 18 applications for at most three compassion center licenses, the alums proposed to create the Chronic Pain ...


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Black History Month celebrated at State House

Gospel music, a speech by Professor of Economics Glenn Loury and a surprise appearance by Gov. Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14 marked the second annual Black History Month celebration at the State House last night. The celebration, which also featured a performance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Drum Major Instinct" ...


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Hotel labor dispute resolved

Last night the Westin Providence hotel and union workers of Unite Here Local 217, came to an agreement on a contract ending a labor dispute that started in March. At a press conference — which organizers held in both English and Spanish — workers rejoiced with cries of, "I have my job back!" ...





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