AS Daily News Roundup: Friday, February 10, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
ProJo: 10 states freed from provisions of landmark law
WRNI: Community groups against test scores as graduation requirement
Health and Wellness
ProJo: Furor over contraceptive coverage
ProJo: Bracing for free dental clinic, organizers call for volunteers
Politics and Government
ProJo: What happened to state’s $575,000
ProJo: Councilors ask for a ‘plan B’
ProJo: 2 bills would redistrict the power of state receiver
ProJo: Case for pension subsidy proposed
ProJo: Kilmartin backs a new statue on mortgage fraud
ProJo: Would DNA samples overload crime lab?
ProJo: McSally contender for Giffords’ seat
PolitiFact: Providence’s commercial tax rate among highest
ProJo: Protesters demand Brown increase payments to city
Opinion
ProJo Bob Kerr: At Highlander, lessons come in many ways
ProJo: New Providence tobacco rules overreach
The Pulse: Making it understandable
GoLocalProv: Who’s hot and who’s not in RI politics


Education

ProJo: 10 states freed from provisions of landmark law (B3)
By Kimberly Hefling and Ben Feller, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind. The goal was lofty: Get all children up to par in math and reading by 2014. But the nation isn’t getting there, and now some states are getting out.

WRNI: Community groups against test scores as graduation requirement
By Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island’s new graduation requirements are the subject of a proposal on Smith Hill. Some lawmakers and community groups are looking to ban the use of standardized test scores as a graduation requirement. They are filling legislation that would make it a violation of state law to use a test score to stop a student from graduating.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/7034/0/1902993/Education/Community.groups.against.test.scores.as.graduation.requirement 

Health and Wellness

ProJo: Furor over contraceptive coverage (A1)
By John E. Milligan
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s new plan to require all employers to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives has triggered intense reaction in heavily Catholic Rhode Island, where church-affiliatedcolleges and hospitals stand to lose a religious exemption from such mandates.

ProJo: Bracing for free dental clinic, organizers call for volunteers (A4)
By Richard Salit
Will Rhode Island’s free, two-day dental clinic this spring attract the kind of turnout that has overwhelmed related Mission of Mercy events around the country?

Politics and Government

ProJo: What happened to state’s $575,000 (A1)
By Katherine Gregg
Acting Auditor General Dennis E. Hoyle says the Institute for International Sport has been unable to fully account for how it spent a $575,000 grant for a building on the University of Rhode Island campus that, after five years, remains an empty shell, with no plumbing, electricity or heat.

ProJo: Councilors ask for a ‘plan B’ (A1)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — The mayor’s top adviser painted a grim picture of where Providence would be if it doesn’t get relief from its retirees, tax-exempt institutions, a supplemental tax increase or bankruptcy.

ProJo: 2 bills would redistrict the power of state receiver (A2)
By W. Zachary Malinowski
PROVIDENCE — Two Central Falls legislators, who have been critical about the powers bestowed on state-appointed receiver Robert G. Flanders Jr., have introduced bills in the General Assembly that would restrict the duties of fiscal overseers appointed to manage the finances of any of the state’s troubled cities or towns.

ProJo: Case for pension subsidy proposed (A1)
By W. Zachary Malinowski
PROVIDENCE — The architects of the plan to subsidize the slashed retirement pensions of more than 100 Central Falls police officers and firefighters appeared before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday and presented their case that the General Assembly would be wise to approve the $2.6-million bailout.

ProJo: Kilmartin backs a new statue on mortgage fraud (A5)
By John Hill
PROVIDENCE — People who lie to get mortgages, people who misuse the Internet and contractors who might be intimidated into making campaign contributions are addressed in a package of bills being supported this legislative session by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

ProJo: Would DNA samples overload crime lab? (A5)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE — Weighing a bill to require the collection of DNA samples from anyone arrested for a violent crime in Rhode Island, a state Senate panel on Thursday questioned how the proposal might affect the state’s already overburdened crime lab.

ProJo: McSally contender for Giffords’ seat (A7)
By Tatiana Pina
When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, announced that she was leaving Congress to focus on her recovery, it lit a fire under retired Col. Martha McSally.

PolitiFact: Providence’s commercial tax rate among highest (A10)
By Alex Kuffner
In his State of the State speech, Governor Chafee declared this “the year of the cities and towns” and promised to work to relieve the burden on property taxpayers.

ProJo: Protesters demand Brown increase payments to city (A10)
By Karen Lee Ziner
PROVIDENCE — Three dozen people, nearly all of them members of the Providence firefighters’ union, marched against Brown University on Thursday in “Tax Fairness Rally II,” their second such protest in a month. A few taxpayers and members of the Providence police union joined in.

Opinion

ProJo Bob Kerr: At Highlander, lessons come in many ways (A4)
By Bob Kerr
You have to get this bracelet. It goes with your very best stuff. Slide it on your wrist and put yourself in some very good company.

ProJo: New Providence tobacco rules overreach (B6)
By Viral Patel
When government functions the way it is supposed to, it makes common-sense regulations designed to meet the needs of its constituents. Unfortunately, the Providence City Council missed the mark on this when it recently passed two ordinances affecting tobacco sales. 

The Pulse: Making it understandable
By Megan Hall

Last week I spent a few hours with a classroom of RISD students who were struggling with a question I often ask myself- how to make health care reform understandable?

http://wrnihealthcareblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/making-it-understandable/

GoLocalProv: Who’s hot and who’s not in RI politics 
By Dan McGowan

Every Friday, Dan McGowan breaks down who’s rising and who’s falling in the world of Rhode Island politics. Check out who makes the list this week.

http://www.golocalprov.com/politics/

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