AS Daily News Roundup: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
ProJo: Six R.I. schools to be a part of global test
ProJo: Work on URI research center resumes
GoLocalProv: Langevin calling for more career and technical education funding
Energy
WRNI: National Grid seeks rate increase
Health and Wellness
ProJo: Woonsocket may offer tax deal to buyer of Landmark Medical
Politics and Government
ProJo: Complications abound in merging local plans
ProJo: Chief of staff exonerated in hiring dispute
ProJo: School closings threatened
ProJo: Campaign Digest
ProJo: Route 195 commission runs out of money
ProJo: Deadline looms to file for city tax exception
Opinion
ProJo Editorial: Bad ideas for tough times
ProJo: Steps toward a happier and healthier Rhode Island

Education

ProJo: Six R.I. schools to be a part of global test (A1)
By Jennifer D. Jordan
PROVIDENCE — Six Rhode Island high schools will participate this spring in international pilot tests in math, reading and science — tests that highlight the growing gap between American students and their higher-achieving counterparts around the world.

ProJo: Work on URI research center resumes (A4)
By Gina Macris
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — In January 2009, the University of Rhode Island cut the ribbon on the centerpiece of its research quadrangle, the 140,000-square-foot Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences.

GoLocalProv: Langevin calling for more career and technical education funding 
By GoLocalProv News Team

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) is launching a Rhode Island’s Skilled Economy (RISE) Tour to advocate for initiatives and create partnerships that will help address the inability of employers to find workers able to fit the needs of expanding industries.

http://www.golocalprov.com/news/new-langevin-calling-for-more-career-and-technical-education-funding/ 

Energy

WRNI: National Grid seeks rate increase
By Catherine Welch

National Grid is asking the Public Utilities Commission for a rate hike. National Grid wants to raise rates by 5.7 percent. Company spokesman David Graves says the rise is tied to an increase in the cost of renewable energy certificates, which national grid must buy to comply with a state law.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1912178/RIPR.News/National.Grid.seeks.rate.increase 

Health and Wellness

ProJo: Woonsocket may offer tax deal to buyer of Landmark Medical (A3)
By Felice J. Freyer
The City of Woonsocket plans to cut a deal for reduced taxes with the buyers of Landmark Medical Center.

Politics and Government

ProJo: Complications abound in merging local plans  (A1)
By Tom Mooney
PROVIDENCE –– It sounded easy enough. Take the three dozen locally run pension plans in Rhode Island, most of which are financially stressed, and merge them into a state-run retirement system.

ProJo: Chief of staff exonerated in hiring dispute  (A1)
By W. Zachary Malinowski
CENTRAL FALLS — The state Department of Revenue has cleared Gayle A. Corrigan, chief of staff to the state-appointed receiver, of any wrongdoing concerning allegations that she hired city employees who had relationships to people in her company.

ProJo: School closings threatened (A3)
By John Hill
WOONSOCKET — If the state is not willing to pay the school district’s June aid payment this month, the city’s schools may have to close by April 5, the chairwoman of the School Committee warned a City Council committee Monday night.

ProJo: Campaign Digest (A3)
Amoriggi to run for House seat / Doherty accused of backing tax hike 

ProJo: Route 195 commission runs out of money (A5)
By Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE –– There’s a list that must get done ––much of it in the next few months –– before the Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission could even dream of selling the prime real estate now available after the highway-relocation project.

ProJo: Deadline looms to file for city tax exception (A6)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — Providence homeowners who want to keep a 50-percent discount on their property taxes must reapply by Thursday. 

Opinion

ProJo Editorial: Bad ideas for tough times (B6)
The deadline for lawmakers to hand in legislation brought a flurry of bad bills, including approaches that the Rhode Island General Assembly wisely rejected last year — for fear of making the Ocean State’s financial condition even worse: binding arbitration for union teachers, and “perpetual’’ union contracts.

ProJo: Steps toward a happier and healthier Rhode Island (B7)
By Edward Achorn
In a state as beautiful as Rhode Island, people should be happy. But many are not.
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