AS Daily News Roundup: Thursday, April 26, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
ProJo: URI students hope breast cancer video will make impact
ProJo: Basing tenure on performance debated
ProJo: URI faculty urge approval of 3-year contract
ProJo: Brown University to host national forum for state legislative leaders
ProJo: Test-optional applications a success at Providence College
ProJo: University of Rhode Island – A College taking ship
ProJo: Full-time enrollment declines at state’s public colleges while number of part-time students climbs
ProJo: Grants to help urban students
Health and Wellness
ProJo: Moody’s weighs in on hospital legislation
Politics and Government
ProJo: Audit of addition at Wyatt proposed
ProJo: Seeking aid for disabled
ProJo: After decades of neglect, former mayor looks the picture of health
ProJo: Polisena leads push for Chafee aid
ProJo: Council backs Gamm tax cut
ProJo: Bill requires search warrant for cell phones
ProJo: Bill would reinstitute COLAs
PolitiFact: Chafee won some and lost some in pension overhaul
WPRI: RI Senate passed resolutions backing ALEC; Now Dems scurry
WPRI: Chamber backs Providence pension cuts on eve of crucial vote
PBN: EDC approves urban revitalization plan
Opinion
ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: Two words feed legislative pension tension
ProJo: Editorial: Gutsy pension plan

Education

ProJo: URI students hope breast cancer video will make impact (A7)
By Linda Borg
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — They could have chosen cute puppies or stupid animal tricks. Instead, a group of communications students at the University of Rhode Island chose to make a YouTube video to raise awareness about breast cancer. Called “Make it Pink,” the video already has generated more than 33,000 views in less than a week.

ProJo: Basing tenure on performance debated (A11)
By Jennifer D. Jordan
PROVIDENCE –– A bill that would base teacher tenure on performance rather than years of service was debated before the Senate Labor Committee Wednesday afternoon, revealing fault lines between those who embrace dramatic changes pushed by Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist and those who have resisted them.

ProJo: URI faculty urge approval of 3-year contract (A11)
By Gina Macris
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — University of Rhode Island faculty in the library, foreign languages, political sciences, and art and art history have passed departmental resolutions urging the Board of Governors for Higher Education to approve a new three-year contract ratified in mid-March by members of the American Association of University Professors.

ProJo: Brown University to host national forum for state legislative leaders (N2)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Leading state lawmakers from around the country are expected to attend a conference at Brown University in May. The State Legislative Leaders Foundation annual “Leadership Forum” will take place at the university from May 10 to12, with conference attendees to stay at the Westin Hotel downtown.

ProJo: Test-optional applications a success at Providence College (N3)
By Gina Macris
PROVIDENCE – When she applied to colleges in 2006, Chicagoan Heather Skarvan shied away from the Ivy League because her standardized test scores weren’t as stellar as her high school grades – straight As, many of them in honors and advanced classes.

ProJo: University of Rhode Island – A College taking ship (N5)
By Gina Macris
After a hardhat tour of a new pharmacy building at the University of Rhode Island, House Speaker Gordon D. Fox said last month that the state must ensure financial hurdles do not prevent students from obtaining a college education.

ProJo: Full-time enrollment declines at state’s public colleges while number of part-time students climbs (N8) 
By Gina Macris
WARWICK – The continuing effects of a bad economy are showing up in enrollment figures at the state’s public colleges.

ProJo: Grants to help urban students (N10)
By Gina Macris
PROVIDENCE – The University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College have been awarded a total of $1.5 million in federal funds to help boost post-secondary education by recruiting students from disadvantaged urban neighborhoods and making sure they have the variety of supports they need to get their diplomas.

Health and Wellness

ProJo: Moody’s weighs in on hospital legislation (A6)
By Felice J. Freyer
Changing Rhode Island law to make it easier for for-profit companies to buy nonprofit hospitals could boost the credit rating of small community hospitals, while worsening those of the Lifespan and Care New England hospital groups, according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Politics and Government

ProJo: Audit of addition at Wyatt proposed (A1)
By John Hill
PROVIDENCE — The directors of the financially troubled Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls should commission an investigative audit to determine if there was any incompetence or wrongdoing by past jail administrations, particularly around 2005, when a $47-million addition was built, a special legislative panel voted Wednesday.

ProJo: Seeking aid for disabled (A1)
By Randal Edgar
PROVIDENCE — With state lawmakers scheduled to take up bills that would restore some or all of last year’s cuts, advocates for those with developmental disabilities descended by the hundreds Wednesday on the Rhode Island State House.

ProJo: After decades of neglect, former mayor looks the picture of health (A4)
By Thomas J. Morgan
Providence - Patrick J. McCarthy will once more preside over the mayor’s office at City Hall, but from a perch over the fireplace.

ProJo: Polisena leads push for Chafee aid (A6)
By Mark Reynolds
JOHNSTON — A group of mayors and other local leaders joined together Wednesday morning to amplify their message to state lawmakers: Pass Governor Chafee’s proposals for providing relief to Rhode Island’s cities and towns.

ProJo: Council backs Gamm tax cut (A8)
By Michael P. McKinney
PAWTUCKET –– The City Council on Wednesday night approved a resolution supporting legislation that would exempt from certain property taxes the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, an institution that local officials call a symbol of the arts community.

ProJo: Bill requires search warrant for cell phones (A10)
By Katie Mulvaney
The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would require the police to get a search warrant to inspect the contents of cell phones, iPhones, Black-Berries and other personal electronic devices.

ProJo: Bill would reinstitute COLAs (A11)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE — A bill introduced by leading state senators would roll back a significant provision of last year’s state pension system overhaul for certain retired government workers: a temporary freeze in the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA.

PolitiFact: Chafee won some and lost some in pension overhaul (A11)
By C. Eugene Emery Jr.
Pension reform was a key element of Lincoln Chafee’s platform for governor. 

WPRI: RI Senate passed resolutions backing ALEC; Now Dems scurry
By Ted Nesi

The American Legislative Exchange Council – ALEC – has been in the headlines lately after coming under attack from liberal groups.

http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/04/25/ri-senate-passed-resolutions-backing-alec-dems-now-scurry/

WPRI: Chamber backs Providence pension cuts on eve of crucial vote

By Ted Nesi

A far-reaching city pension overhaul that’s backed by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and could be approved Thursday night has won the support of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/04/26/chamber-backs-providence-pension-cuts-on-eve-of-crucial-vote/

PBN: EDC approves urban revitalization plan

By PBN Staff

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors – headed by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee – voted to adopt a plan focused on “revitalizing” sections of five urban communities: Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket and West Warwick, the EDC announced Tuesday.

http://pbn.com/EDC-approves-urban-revitalization-plan,67106?category_id=31&sub_type=stories,packages

Opinion

ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: Two words feed legislative pension tension (A4)
By Edward Fitzpatrick
During an April 10 pension workshop, Mark A. Dingley, chief legal counsel for General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, asked a roundtable of municipal officials to write down two words: “Legislation last.”

ProJo: Editorial: Gutsy pension plan (B6)
It is very late in the game, but the Providence City Council’s pension panel deserves credit for coming forward with a bold plan for comprehensively reforming the nearly bankrupt city’s pension system.
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