AS Daily News Roundup: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
WRNI: West Warwick Town Council, School Department end feud
WRNI: Gist: New board won’t change agenda
ProJo: Data mining may prove vital resource for schools
ProJo: Graduations
Health and Wellness
PBN: UnitedHealthcare extends reforms, regardless of court ruling 
Politics and Government
WRNI: Senate approves Chafee’s judicial appointments
WRNI: Move to restore Ethics Commission oversight of General Assembly looks dead for 2012
ProJo: Senate OKs spending bill
ProJo: State expecting receivership to end on Jan. 1
ProJo: $642-million budget OK’d by City Council
ProJo: In honor of one of their own
ProJo: Coalition of Democrats backs Doherty
ProJo: Commission moving forward with former 195 land plan
ProJo: Votes on auto-body bill have some crying foul
ProJo: Lawmaker: Impasse puts 13% tax in doubt
ProJo: Paplauskas seeking Ward 5 Council seat
Opinion
ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: Rolling the stone of judicial reform back up Smith Hill
ProJo: Editorial: Next for legislature
ProJo: Insiders send huge invoices to Ocean State
GoLocalProv: Merger of education boards is another big mistake


Education

WRNI: West Warwick Town Council, School Department end feud
By Flo Jonic
A settlement has been reached ending a long-simmering dispute between the West Warwick town council and its school committee. The bottom line for residents is that school sports will remain.

WRNI: Gist: New board won’t change agenda
By Elisabeth Harrison
State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says her plan for improving Rhode Island’s public schools will not change, even if she is reporting to a new board of education.

ProJo: Data mining may prove vital resource for schools (A3)
By Gina Macris
PROVIDENCE — For the first time, policymakers can track the effect of chronic absenteeism on high school students as they later try to get a college degree.

ProJo: Graduations (A3)
Beacon Charter High School for The Arts / Smithfield High School

Health and Wellness

PBN: UnitedHealthcare extends reforms, regardless of court ruling 
By Richard Asinof
MINNETONKA, Minn. – UnitedHealthcare will continue to offer important health care insurance protections included in the Affordable Care Act, no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the case now pending, the health insurer announced Monday.

Politics and Government

WRNI: Senate approves Chafee’s judicial appointments
By Ian Donnis
The state Senate unanimously confirmed Governor Lincoln Chafee’s first judicial nomination Monday. Luis Matos came to Providence from Portugal as a young child.

WRNI: Move to restore Ethics Commission oversight of General Assembly looks dead for 2012
By Ian Donnis
Efforts to give voters the option of restoring oversight of the General Assembly by the state Ethics Commission are going nowhere fast in the close of the legislative session.

ProJo: Senate OKs spending bill (A1)
By Katherine Gregg, Randal Edgar, Philip Marcelo and Karen Ziner
PROVIDENCE — On what could be the next-to-last day of this year’s legislative session, state lawmakers Monday approved and sent to the governor a new $8.1-billion budget, the first minimum-wage hike in six years and legislation that would open the door to the purchase of more than one Rhode Island hospital by a Massachusetts hospital chain. 

ProJo: State expecting receivership to end on Jan. 1 (A1)
By W. Zachary Malinowski
PROVIDENCE — The lawyer representing the state-appointed receiver in Central Falls told a federal Bankruptcy Court judge on Monday that the receivership will continue through the rest of the year to make sure that the city’s finances have stabilized before a decision is made to transfer power back to its elected officials.

ProJo: $642-million budget OK’d by City Council (A2)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — Without comment or an audience, the City Council on Monday unanimously gave final approval to a $642-million operating budget that doesn’t raise taxes for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

ProJo: In honor of one of their own (A4)
By Thomas J. Morgan
PROVIDENCE –– Joseph A. Doorley Jr., who served as mayor of Providence from 1965 to 1975, said Monday that fiscally strapped Rhode Island’s only hope is to become a city-state.

ProJo: Coalition of Democrats backs Doherty (A4)
By Paul Davis
EAST PROVIDENCE — Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn and a group of local Democrats are stumping for Republican Brendan Doherty, a former Rhode Island state police superintendent running for the seat held by Democratic Rep. David N. Cicilline in the 1st Congressional District.

ProJo: Commission moving forward with former 195 land plan (A6)
By Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE –– The Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission is moving forward with plans to issue bonds, hire an executive director, and determine how to sell more than 41acres of vacant, former highway land, buoyed by an anticipated $3.9-million appropriation in next year’s state budget.

ProJo: Votes on auto-body bill have some crying foul (A8)
By Katherine Gregg
PROVIDENCE — As top-ranked Rhode Island lawmaker Peter Petrarca looked on, his father and sister on Friday successfully lobbied the House committee on which he sits to approve a bill allowing auto-body shops to sue insurance companies that do not pay them what they believe they should be paid for repairs.

ProJo: Lawmaker: Impasse puts 13% tax in doubt (A9)
By John Hill
PROVIDENCE — Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, D-Woonsocket, said it was unclear early Monday night if an agreement could be reached to allow the General Assembly to pass the 13-percent supplemental tax that state and city officials say is needed to keep Woonsocket out of bankruptcy.

ProJo: Paplauskas seeking Ward 5 Council seat (A11)
By News Staff
CRANSTON — The political season has started. On Monday morning, Republican Chris Paplauskas announced his run for the Ward 5 City Council seat. “I’ll start working tonight by knocking on doors,” said the 29-year-old service manager of Falvey Linen Supply. 

Opinion

ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: Rolling the stone of judicial reform back up Smith Hill (A4)
By Edward Fitzpatrick
Rep. Donna M. Walsh, DCharlestown, deserves a lifetime (non-)achievement award. More than a decade has passed since she began pushing to require that magistrates go through the same selection process as state judges, including a public vetting before the Judicial Nominating Commission. 

ProJo: Editorial: Next for legislature (B6)
An overview of the Rhode Island General Assembly session winding down now (too rushed) reveals that while the legislators adequately addressed some immediate fiscal and other needs, they also failed to address the state’s long-term structural problems. 

ProJo: Insiders send huge invoices to Ocean State (B7)
By Edward Achorn
Each year, with little warning to the public, the Rhode Island General Assembly passes a budget (now $8 billion), with amendments from out of left field, before anyone beyond a small circle has had a chance to properly vet it.

GoLocalProv: Merger of education boards is another big mistake 
By Rob Horowitz
Thirty years ago, the General Assembly created the Board of Governors for Higher Education to highlight and address the needs of Rhode Island’s state university and colleges. All that could be on the block, however, with an ill-advised proposal buried in the state budget to merge the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education with the Board of Governors of Higher Education to create one,11-member State Board of Education.
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