AS Daily News Roundup: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

James Roosevelt Jr., president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, has been named "Rhode Island’s Citizen of the Year" by the March of Dimes

Table of Contents
Education
ProJo: Prayer banner case settled; city to pay $150,000
ProJo: J&W plans 2 projects downtown
ProJo: State, local officials meet to discuss school deficit
ProJo: School to stay closed while powder probed
WRNI: Central Falls School Department merging with city
Health and Wellness
ProJo: News Digest: Rhode Islanders no longer face lifetime limit
PBN: Tufts president wins March of Dimes honor
PBN: R.I. health insurance CEOs share future strategies
Politics and Government
ProJo: Business owners criticize plan for meal-tax hike
ProJo: Electric utilities subject of hearing
ProJo: Pensions outpacing taxes, panel told
PolitiFact: Claim on arming campus police is on target
ProJo: Coalition urges passage of tax plan
RI Future: You’re invited to see how the ballots are made
Opinion
ProJo: ‘Darth’ Flanders’s Follies folly insulted Central Falls


Education

ProJo: Prayer banner case settled; city to pay $150,000 (A1)
By Lynn Arditi
CRANSTON — School and city officials have reached an agreement to pay $150,000 in legal fees to the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, ending the protracted battle over the Cranston High School West prayer banner.

ProJo: J&W plans 2 projects downtown (A3)
By Paul Grimaldi
PROVIDENCE — A John-son & Wales University administrator said Tuesday that the university expects to begin construction on two major projects in the city later in 2012 — an 800-car parking garage and space for its new physician’s assistant program.

ProJo: State, local officials meet to discuss school deficit (A5)
By John Hill
WOONSOCKET — City and school officials, as well as an array of staffers from multiple state agencies, spent most of Tuesday in meetings trying to figure out ways the city can close a $10-million school deficit before the city runs out of money, possibly as soon as April.

ProJo: School to stay closed while powder probed (A5)
By Richard C. Dujardin
WEST WARWICK — At the urging of the FBI and state environmental officials, School Supt. Kenneth M. Sheehan announced Tuesday that he is shutting down Greenbush Elementary School on Wednesday to give researchers more time to investigate a white powdery substance that arrived in the mail.

Health and Wellness

ProJo: News Digest: Rhode Islanders no longer face lifetime limit (A3)
By Associated Press
U.S. health officials say that 374,000 Rhode Island residents will no longer bump up against a lifetime limit on health-care coverage because of a provision of the federal health-care overhaul.

WRNI: Central Falls School Department merging with city
By Elisabeth Harrison

Central Falls schools officials are getting ready to move their offices to City Hall. The school department is merging with the city as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo says she proposed the new arrangement to help save city services, like parks and recreation.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1910751/RIPR.News/Central.Falls.School.Department.merging.with.city


PBN: Tufts president wins March of Dimes honor
By PBN Staff

PROVIDENCE – James Roosevelt Jr., president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, has been selected as Rhode Island’s Citizen of the Year by the March of Dimes.

http://pbn.com/Tufts-president-wins-March-of-Dimes-honor,65867?category_id=31&sub_type=stories,packages

PBN: R.I. health insurance CEOs share future strategies

By Richard Asinof

CRANSTON – More than 125 representatives of small businesses filled the Shriners’ Imperial Room on Tuesday morning to hear the three presidents and CEOs of the state’s commercial health insurers – Peter Andruszkiewicz of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Stephen J. Farrell of UnitedHealthcare of New England and James Roosevelt Jr., of Tufts Health Plan of Rhode Island – answer questions about their efforts to reduce high costs and increase wellness benefits in health plans.

http://pbn.com/RI-health-insurance-CEOs-share-future-strategies,65870?category_id=31&sub_type=stories,packages

Politics and Government

ProJo: Business owners criticize plan for meal-tax hike (A1)
By Randal Edgar
PROVIDENCE — Restaurant owners and convention planners urged state lawmakers Tuesday to oppose Governor Chafee’s plan to raise the meals and beverage tax, saying the increase would drive customers away from Rhode Island restaurants and drive the convention business to other states.

ProJo: Electric utilities subject of hearing (A3)
By Journal Staff
The Senate Corporations Committee hears testimony Tuesday on a bill sponsored by Sen. Rhoda Perry, D-Providence, bottom right, that would require electric utilities to conduct voltage-detection surveys and complete timely repairs of faults. 

ProJo: Pensions outpacing taxes, panel told (A4)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — Without changing what retirees are paid, homeowners and businesses could see their taxes increase 4 percent every year for 10 years.

PolitiFact: Claim on arming campus police is on target (A7)
By Alex Kuffner
Rhode Island has long struggled with whether to arm its police on public college campuses.

ProJo: Coalition urges passage of tax plan (A8)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– A coalition calling itself “Rhode Islanders for Tax Equity” gathered at the State House on Tuesday in support of a bill increasing income taxes on wealthy Rhode Islanders.

RI Future: You’re invited to see how the ballots are made 
By Chris Barnett

In preparation for Rhode Island’s own version of Super Tuesday, Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is inviting the public to a lottery Wed., March 7, at 5 p.m. in the State Room of the State House.

http://www.rifuture.org/youre-invited-to-see-how-ballots-are-made.html

Opinion

ProJo: ‘Darth’ Flanders’s Follies folly insulted Central Falls (B7)
By Elizabeth A. Crowley
Residents at the Central Falls City Council meeting I attended on Friday evening, Feb. 24, raised a pretty good question: Where was Robert Flanders, the state-appointed receiver for the bankrupt city? While about 40 members of the public sought to have their questions addressed, the receiver and his chief of staff, Gayle Corrigan, were nowhere to be found.
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