AS Daily News Roundup: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Table of Contents
Courts
ProJo: High court asked to reinstate suit involving Journal, WPRO
Education
PolitiFact: URI faculty pay low for region’s public colleges
GoLocalProv: Chronic absenteeism plagues urban high schools
Health and Wellness
ProJo: Thundermist awarded $5-million grant
ProJo: Dr. Lange wins immunization title
ProJo: Committee vote puts dispensary program on track
Politics and Government
WRNI: Taveras to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Obamas
ProJo: Charter panel in place to set new course for city
ProJo: Senate passes bill of rights for homeless
ProJo: A spirited debate on same-sex marriage
ProJo: Retirees vow to fight COLA suspension
ProJo: Budget OK brings tax hike of 2 percent
ProJo: Facing possible cuts, chief auditor resigns
ProJo: Cicilline praises Obama’s war policy
ProJo: Bills seek changes in pension overhaul
ProJo: House passes gun sentencing law
ProJo: Lawmakers urge ban on bridge tolls
Opinion
ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: Looking for hope amid corruption in Central Falls
RI Future: RI Progress Report: Dan Reilly, Central Falls, Catholics

Courts

ProJo: High court asked to reinstate suit involving Journal, WPRO (A11)
By Tracy Breton
PROVIDENCE — The state Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether to reinstate a libel and slander suit brought by restaurant owner Robert Burke against The Providence Journal, its reporter Katherine Gregg and WPRO talk show host Dan Yorke and the Citadel Broadcasting Corp.

Education

PolitiFact: URI faculty pay low for region’s public colleges (A5)
By Alex Kuffner
When Governor Chafee objected to 3-percent raises for faculty at the University of Rhode Island and other state colleges last month, his action raised questions about how much professors are paid for their work.

GoLocalProv: Chronic absenteeism plagues urban high schools
By Dan McGowan

At least one in four— and in some cases, close to 50 percent— of high school students in seven Rhode Island school districts missed at least 18 days of school last year, according to research documented in the most recent Kids Count Factbook.

http://www.golocalprov.com/news/chronic-absenteeism-plagues-urban-high-schools/

Health and Wellness

ProJo: Thundermist awarded $5-million grant (A7)
By Felice J. Freyer
Thundermist Health Center plans to replace its South Kingstown facility with a new building, thanks to a $5-million federal grant announced this week.

ProJo: Dr. Lange wins immunization title (A7)
By Journal Staff
Dr. Elizabeth B. Lange, an East Providence pediatrician, has been named Rhode Island’s first “Childhood Immunization Champion,” under a new award program by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ProJo: Committee vote puts dispensary program on track (A9)
By Michael P. McKinney
PROVIDENCE — Legislation aimed at resolving the concerns that halted Rhode Island’s medical marijuana dispensary program cleared a key Senate committee Wednesday and could go to the full Senate next week.

Politics and Government

WRNI: Taveras to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Obamas
By Ian Donnis

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will join President Obama and his wife for a Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday at the White House.


ProJo: Charter panel in place to set new course for city (A1)
By W. Zachary Malinowski
CENTRAL FALLS — The winds of change swept through this struggling city on Wednesday night as the newly appointed members of the Central Falls Charter Commission were sworn in and introduced to the public below the daunting stone Cogs-well Tower in Jenks Park outside of City Hall. 

ProJo: Senate passes bill of rights for homeless (A1)
By Richard Salit
PROVIDENCE — They know what it’s like for a bus to pass them by, to be turned down for a job because their address is a shelter, to be told by the police to get off a park bench or leave a sidewalk.

ProJo: A spirited debate on same-sex marriage (A1)
By Randal Edgar
PROVIDENCE — The debate over same-sex marriage drew more than 80 people to the Rhode Island State House on Wednesday, and with them, a clash of beliefs over the institution of marriage and whether it should be limited to one man and one woman. 

ProJo: Retirees vow to fight COLA suspension (A1)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — Pledging to challenge the city in court, the president of the Providence Retired Police and Fire Association says his members cannot live with Monday’s decision by the mayor and City Council to suspend cost-of-living increases for retirees and to enact other unilateral pension reductions.

ProJo: Budget OK brings tax hike of 2 percent (A4)
By Andy Smith
NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Town Council on Tuesday night approved a $95.6-million budget for fiscal year 2013. Of that amount, total property-tax dollars will be $67,028,739, an increase of $1.5 million over 2012.

ProJo: Facing possible cuts, chief auditor resigns (A6)
By Katherine Gregg
PROVIDENCE — The state’s chief auditor, H. Chris Der Vartanian, has resigned out of concern with Governor Chafee’s attempt to dismantle the Bureau of Audits that he has headed for eight years.

ProJo: Cicilline praises Obama’s war policy (A7)
By John E. Mulligan
WASHINGTON — As President Obama marked the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s killing with a new U.S.-Afghan strategic pact, Rep. David N. Cicilline muted his criticism of the administration’s war policy.

ProJo: Bills seek changes in pension overhaul (A8)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– Public sector pensions were again the focus of a hearing at the State House on Wednesday, as more bills have been introduced in response to passage of a historic overhaul of the state pension system last year.

ProJo: House passes gun sentencing law (A9)
By Katie Mulvaney
PROVIDENCE — The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill to exclude involuntary manslaughter from the list of crimes that require a mandatory double life sentence if a gun was used in the killing.

ProJo: Lawmakers urge ban on bridge tolls (A9)
By Bruce Landis
PROVIDENCE — Legislators from the East Bay Tuesday urged the House Finance Committee to ban tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge and eliminate the agency that operates the bridge and is considering imposing tolls there.

Opinion


ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: Looking for hope amid corruption in Central Falls (A4)
By Edward Fitzpatrick
Central Falls isn’t just getting kicked while it’s down. The bankrupt city is also getting its pockets picked.

RI Future: RI Progress Report: Dan Reilly, Central Falls, Catholics
By Bob Plain

All best to the Central Falls Charter Commission. Here’s hoping Councilman James Diossa is right on when he tells the Projo, “The charter commission is going to bring the community out and get them engaged and involved.”

http://www.rifuture.org/ri-progress-report-dan-reilly-central-falls-catholics.html

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