AS Daily News Roundup: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Table of Contents
Economy and Business
ProJo: Mixed sales signals
PBN: Providence bonds downgraded as city works to repair finances
PBN: PBN honors local business women

Education
ProJo: Brown to increase payments
ProJo: Gist upbeat on state of R.I. schools
ProJo: Whitehouse hosts conference at URI
ProJo: Superintendent criticized for lack of school budget
WRNI: PC students plan walkout amid student loan debate
Health and Wellness
ProJo: Steward clears hurdle with state over Landmark purchase
WJAR: Top Doc: Dr. Rober Griffith
PBN: R.I. to receive $6.2M in grants from Affordable Care Act
Politics and Government
ProJo: Bill would offer free family-planning services to poor
ProJo: Measure seeks to outlaw under-21 nightclubs
ProJo: House panel backs ‘super PAC’ limits
ProJo: For Reed, meeting Obama in Afghan palace a ‘happy coincidence’
ProJo: To save money, states scale back pensions
WPRI: Chart: The campaign finances of Cicilline, Doherty and Gemma


Economy and Business

ProJo: Mixed sales signals (A1)
By Christine Dunn
WARWICK –– House sales in Rhode Island were up nearly 22 percent in the first quarter of 2012, but with distressed sales accounting for about a third of transactions, the median price fell 11 percent, to $173,250.

PBN: Providence bonds downgraded as city works to repair finances
By Bloomberg News

Providence was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday, even as it seeks to repair its finances by overhauling an ailing pension system and extracting bigger voluntary payments from Brown University, according to Bloomberg News.

http://pbn.com/Providence-bonds-downgraded-as-city-works-to-repair-finances,67267

PBN: PBN honors local business women

By PBN Staff

PROVIDENCE – Exceptional women from Rhode Island businesses in six industry categories, as well as a leading career achiever and an outstanding mentor, were chosen for Providence Business News’ fifth annual Business Women Awards program.

http://pbn.com/PBN-honors-local-business-women,67260?category_id=31&sub_type=stories,packages

Education

ProJo: Brown to increase payments (A1)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — Nearly 12 hours after he revealed a $2.4-million deal with Lifespan hospitals, Mayor Angel Taveras said Brown University would increase its “already unprecedented support” by giving Providence an additional $39.5 million over 11 years. 

ProJo: Gist upbeat on state of R.I. schools (A1)
By Linda Borg
PROVIDENCE –– In a speech that was much more upbeat than last year’s, state Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist on Tuesday highlighted her department’s accomplishments, from the creation of demanding new teacher evaluations to training teachers in a new set of academic standards.

ProJo: Whitehouse hosts conference at URI (A5)
By Richard Salit
For the first two years, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., hosted his Rhode Island Energy & Environmental Leaders Day in Washington, D.C., inviting Ocean State administrators and activists to meet with the nation’s top officials.

ProJo: Superintendent criticized for lack of school budget (A6)
By John Hill
WOONSOCKET — Tensions over the city’s $10-million school deficit broke open Tuesday, with the City Council president suggesting the school superintendent should face possible firing for not having next year’s budget ready and the superintendent firing back that she feared she was being set up as the scapegoat for years of bad budget decisions.

WRNI: PC students plan walkout amid student loan debate
By Ian Donnis and Natalie Jablonski

Students at Providence College will walk out of their classrooms Tuesday to protest tuition costs. It’s part of an ongoing debate over student loans and the price of higher education.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1925613/RIPR.News/PC.Students.plan.walkout.amid.student.loan.debate

Health and Wellness

ProJo: Steward clears hurdle with state over Landmark purchase (A3)
By Felice J. Freyer
Steward Health Care System cleared the first regulatory hurdle on Tuesday in its effort to buy Landmark Medical Center, when a Health Department advisory committee voted to approve the plan.

WJAR: Top Doc: Dr. Rober Griffith
By Barbara Morse Silve

Robert Griffith is a pediatrician in East Providence. He grew up in Marion, Mass. and said he knew early on what he wanted to be.

http://www2.turnto10.com/lifestyles/2012/may/01/top-doc-dr-robert-griffith-ar-1019960/

PBN: R.I. to receive $6.2M in grants from Affordable Care Act
By PBN Staff

WASHINGTON – Rhode Island will receive $6.2 million in grants from the federal Affordable Care Act to benefit community health centers, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday.

http://pbn.com/RI-to-receive-62M-in-grants-from-Affordable-Care-Act,67248?category_id=31&sub_type=stories,packages

Politics and Government

ProJo: Bill would offer free family-planning services to poor (A5)
By Randal Edgar
Providence – Arguing that better planning would improve public health, reduce poverty and save tax dollars, a state lawmaker and advocates from the social service and health professions urged the House Finance Committee Tuesday to support a bill that would provide family-planning services to people who lack the financial means to raise a child.

ProJo: Measure seeks to outlaw under-21 nightclubs (A5)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– In the wake of two large-scale brawls at Providence nightclubs, a state lawmaker has again introduced legislation into the General Assembly barring people under age 21 from entering nightclubs where alcohol is being served.

ProJo: House panel backs ‘super PAC’ limits (A5)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE — The state House of Representatives will consider a resolution calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment permitting state and federal regulation of the so-called “super PACs” that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns.

ProJo: For Reed, meeting Obama in Afghan palace a ‘happy coincidence’ (A8)
By John E. Mulligan
WASHINGTON — Senators Jack Reed and Carl Levin were on their way to a meeting in Kabul Tuesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai when they came upon U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

ProJo: To save money, states scale back pensions (B8)
By Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. — Neil Carpenter took a pay cut when he accepted a job as a Louisiana state accountant more than12 years ago, but he figured he would make up for the loss with a retirement check that would guarantee long-term financial security for him and his family.

WPRI: Chart: The campaign finances of Cicilline, Doherty and Gemma
By Ted Nesi

The latest financial snapshot of the 1st Congressional District race shows David Cicilline pulling ahead, Brendan Doherty staying competitive, and Anthony Gemma facing an uphill climb.

http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/05/02/chart-the-campaign-finances-of-cicilline-doherty-and-gemma/

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