AS Daily News Roundup: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
WRNI: How the state spend $335,500 in Race to the Top funds
ProJo: They’re a vision of success
Health and Wellness
WRNI: Physicians push back on fee increase
ProJo: R.I. forging ahead with overhaul
ProJo: Brown researchers refute common bed sore treatment
Politics and Government
ProJo: Meeting called over Schilling deal
ProJo: Mayor goes after cost of pensions
ProJo: Chafee nominates Matos for Superior Court
ProJo: Communities seek OK to use forfeiture
PolitiFact: Chafee’s actions demonstrate support for same-sex marriage
ProJo: Chafee proposing a range of changes to his spending plan
ProJo: Senate panel backs repeal of sightseeing tax
ProJo: Plan for medical school passes House
ProJo: Assembly Briefs
ProJo: House panel delays action on supplemental tax bill
ProJo: Legislators push plan to roll back R.I. seat-belt law
ProJo: Council backs bills aiding communities
Opinion
ProJo: Another Greek tragedy is their smoking
GoLocalProv: Payday lenders provide valuable service to Rhode Islanders

Education

WRNI: How the state spend $335,500 in Race to the Top funds
By Elisabeth Harrison
Here’s the Rhode Island Department of Education’s newly minted tool for comparing school performance.

ProJo: They’re a vision of success (A1)
By Jennifer D. Jordan
Providence - Tadeisha Jones and Robinson Adames knew that more than anything else, they wanted to go to college.

Health and Wellness

WRNI: Physicians push back on fee increase
By Lydia Rogers
The Rhode Island Medical Society is coming out against a proposed hike in the fees paid by physicians to renew their licenses every other year. Steven DeToy is the Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Medical Society. He claims the increase is not justified by any corresponding costs to the state in administering physician licenses. The proposed cost to doctors would be $1090 every other year.

ProJo: R.I. forging ahead with overhaul (A1)
By Felice J. Freyer
Rhode Island is moving ahead with plans for a state-based health-care overhaul, undeterred by neither the uncertainties in Washington nor the failure of the state legislature to act.

ProJo: Brown researchers refute common bed sore treatment (A6)
By Felice J. Freyer
Doctors caring for elderly patients with severe dementia have long believed that they can prevent bed sores by inserting a feeding tube to improve nutrition.

Politics and Government

ProJo: Meeting called over Schilling deal (A1)
By Kate Bramson, Paul Grimaldi and Katherine Gregg
PROVIDENCE –– Governor Chafee has called the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to discuss financial problems at Curt Schilling’s videogame company and to consider whether to restructure the deal between 38 Studios and the state.

ProJo: Mayor goes after cost of pensions (A1)
By Mark Reynolds
JOHNSTON — Mayor Joseph M. Polisena is considering proposals to suspend cost-of-living adjustments and cap pension earnings to slash the cost of employees’ retirement benefits.

ProJo: Chafee nominates Matos for Superior Court (A1)
By Gregory Smith
PROVIDENCE — Governor Chafee made his first judicial nomination Tuesday, naming a veteran federal prosecutor and native of Portugal for a vacancy on the Superior Court.

ProJo: Communities seek OK to use forfeiture (A4)
By Mark Reynolds
PROVIDENCE — The U.S. Department of Justice will consider waiving guidelines that restrain North Providence and East Providence officials from using a windfall in forfeiture money to bolster underfunded police pension programs in both communities, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

PolitiFact: Chafee’s actions demonstrate support for same-sex marriage (A8)
By C. Eugene Emery Jr.
Lincoln Chafee has been a supporter of gay marriage. When he ran for governor, he promised, for example, that he would not only sign marriage equality legislation, but champion it.

ProJo: Chafee proposing a range of changes to his spending plan (A10)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– Since submitting his $7.9-billion proposed state budget to lawmakers in late January, Governor Chafee has proposed a handful of amendments, including ones authorizing the state Department of Health to add up to 74 new federally financed workers, providing money for a new visitors’ center at the State House and changing his proposed tax on vacation rentals.

ProJo: Senate panel backs repeal of sightseeing tax (A10)
By Randal Edgar
PROVIDENCE — Choosing tourism over tax revenue, the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend passage of a bill that would repeal the 7-percent sales tax the state imposed last year on sightseeing tours.

ProJo: Plan for medical school passes House (A10)
By Gina Macris
PROVIDENCE — The House voted 65 to 6 Tuesday to permit a for-profit osteopathic medical school to open in Rhode Island, provided it meets applicable academic standards.

ProJo: Assembly Briefs (10)
Tall Ship to receive state designation / Super PAC resolution goes to Chafee / Senate passes stray-voltage measure

ProJo: House panel delays action on supplemental tax bill (A11)
By John Hill
PROVIDENCE — The House Finance Committee heard testimony Tuesday for and against allowing Woonsocket to levy a 13-percent supplemental tax bill but voted to hold the bill for further study.

ProJo: Legislators push plan to roll back R.I. seat-belt law (A11)
By Bruce Landis
PROVIDENCE — Aggressive enforcement of a new, tougher seat belt law has brought calls for its repeal after state safety officials struggled for years to convince the General Assembly to pass it.

ProJo: Council backs bills aiding communities (A11)
By Barbara Polichetti
WARWICK — The City Council Monday night endorsed Governor Chafee’s legislative proposal to help financially stressed communities, even though most of the options he is suggesting will not apply to Warwick.

Opinion

ProJo: Another Greek tragedy is their smoking (B6)
By Peter Orszag
Among all the trials and tribulations that define Greece these days, one that has received relatively little attention is its sky-high smoking rate. Greece’s is the highest in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Greece is an outlier also in that its smoking rate has risen over the past decade, while falling18 percent, on average, in the OECD.

GoLocalProv: Payday lenders provide valuable service to Rhode Islanders
By Jamie Fulmer
Many Rhode Island residents face financial shortfalls every day – a child needs to see a doctor or a bill comes due before payday. They worry about covering urgent expenses and their regular monthly bills. Their savings and credit options are limited. For many, a payday loan is the most affordable and reliable option to get through these rough patches.
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