AS Daily News Roundup: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
ProJo: A tribute to Rosa Parks
ProJo: Schools fare well in $750M budget
WRNI: RI teachers win presidential award
Energy and Technology
ProJo: AT&T stresses emergency planning
ProJo: Commerce/Consumer Digest: National Grid makes halfway point in upgrade
ProJo: Verizon seeks growth with new phone plans
Health and Wellness
PBN: Oshean launches Beacon 2.0
WJAR: Health Check: Cancer doctor honored
Politics and Government
ProJo (blog): R.I. General Assembly wraps up 2012 session
ProJo: Lawmakers set state’s take on table games
ProJo: Woonsocket tax talks continue
ProJo: Lawmaker received bad tip on Dunkin Donuts
ProJo: Referendum on budget to be held Thursday
ProJo: Veto threat looms over bill to allow Steward to buy Landmark
ProJo: Special Senate session likely
WPRI: Medicaid straining budgets in Rhode Island and other states
GoLocalProv: 10 last-minute deals that took place in the General Assembly
Opinion
ProJo: New England states must avoid bidding wars
ProJo: Bay State schools should heed the lessons of history
ProJo: A modern economy should have health care for all


Education

ProJo: A tribute to Rosa Parks (A4)
By Linda Borg
D PROVIDENCE r. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School is not fancy. Inside, the ceilings are low and the floors are dingy. But then you see the walls. No matter where you look, a mosaic adorns every surface. The themes vary from Save The Bay to the Statue of Liberty, from the rain forest to fractions and decimals.

ProJo: Schools fare well in $750M budget (A10)
By Jennifer D. Jordan
PROVIDENCE — In a difficult budget year, Rhode Island’s 300-plus public schools were spared deep cuts and received instead a $33-million increase in state education aid for 2012-13 and $20 million to upgrade infrastructure for wireless connectivity.

WRNI: RI teachers win presidential award
By Elisabeth Harrison
Wakefield math teacher Brian Nelson and Warwick science teacher David Mather are this year’s local recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They join 95 other teachers from around the country who were chosen for the awards.

Energy and Technology

ProJo: AT&T stresses emergency planning (A2)
By Paul Edward Parker
PROVIDENCE — The unassuming office building wouldn’t draw a second glance from someone driving through this former industrial area in the Charles section of Providence.

ProJo: Commerce/Consumer Digest: National Grid makes halfway point in upgrade (A2)
By Alex Kuffner
National Grid has reached the halfway point in a $250-million project to improve the delivery of electricity throughout Rhode Island, celebrating the occasion with a ceremony on Tuesday.

ProJo: Verizon seeks growth with new phone plans (B2)
By Peter Svensson, Associated Press
NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest cell-phone company, is phasing out nearly all of its existing phone plans and replacing them with pricing schemes that encourage customers to connect their non-phone devices, such as tablets and PCs, to the Verizon network.

Health and Wellness

PBN: Oshean launches Beacon 2.0
By Emily Greenhalgh
PROVIDENCE – Using a federal grant of $27 million and $10 million in private investment, Oshean and Cox Business have been installing a high-capacity, high-speed fiber optic network across the state. The network will help allow medical consultations statewide as well as across the nation. In addition, it will assist hospitals in providing ready access to electronic medical records and decrease expensive testing.

WJAR: Health Check: Cancer doctor honored 
By Barbara Morse Silva
PROVIDENCE — Dr. Angela Plette Taber has known Beverly Walsh for about three years now. They met in the summer of 2009 when Beverly’s husband, David, was diagnosed with cancer.

Politics and Government

ProJo (blog): R.I. General Assembly wraps up 2012 session 
By Katherine Gregg
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island General Assembly closed up shop for the year at 3:38 a.m. on Wednesday morning, after approving a hotly debated bill that spells out how much – or as some legislators complained, how little – the state has to gain if voters allow full-scale casino gambling at Twin River and Newport Grand.


ProJo: Lawmakers set state’s take on table games (A1)
By Katherine Gregg, Randal Edgar, Philip Marcelo and Lynn Arditi
PROVIDENCE — As they pushed Tuesday night to close the 2012 General Assembly session, state lawmakers approved a hotly debated bill that spells out how much –– or as some legislators complained, how little –– the state has to gain if Rhode Island voters allow full-scale casino gambling at the Twin River and Newport Grand video-slot parlors.

ProJo: Woonsocket tax talks continue (A1)
By John Hill
PROVIDENCE — Woonsocket’s three state representatives and the governor’s staff were bargaining furiously Tuesday night, looking for a compromise that would win the delegation’s support for a supplemental tax increase in the City of Woonsocket.

ProJo: Lawmaker received bad tip on Dunkin Donuts (A8)
By C. Eugene Emery Jr.
On June 5, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill, H7566, intended to prevent employers from taking a cut of the tips that customers give to food service and other employees.

ProJo: Referendum on budget to be held Thursday (A9)
By Alex Kuffner
WEST WARWICK — The budget proposal that will go before voters on Thursday includes a payment to the School Department of $4.3 million to settle a years-long funding dispute that has dragged through the court system. It also allocates nearly $5 million for the ailing municipal pension fund –– more than the town has ever contributed in one year, according to officials.

ProJo: Veto threat looms over bill to allow Steward to buy Landmark (A10)
By Felice Freyer
What will happen to the sale of Landmark Medical Center if Governor Chafee vetoes a bill that the hospital’s prospective buyer considers necessary to closing the deal? The buyer, Steward Health Care System of Massachusetts, is not ready to say.

ProJo: Special Senate session likely (A10)
By Katherine Gregg and Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE –– It could be at least a month before the state Senate considers Governor Chafee’s six nominees to serve on the board of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, the agency that came under fire for luring Curt Schilling’s video-game company to Providence with a controversial $75-million loan guarantee.

WPRI: Medicaid straining budgets in Rhode Island and other states 
By Ted Nesi
I’ve written before about how soaring medical costs and expiring federal stimulus aid are combining to make Medicaid a major drain on Rhode Island’s state budget. A new study shows the state is far from alone, Michael Fletcher reports for The Washington Post.

GoLocalProv: 10 last-minute deals that took place in the General Assembly
By Dan McGowan
Early this morning, lawmakers wrapped up the 2012 General Assembly session following another marathon evening that included votes on more than 100 items. So what were the key issues considered (or avoided) in the finals days of the session? GoLocalProv breaks down ten deals that went down in the last weeks (or minutes) of the year.

Opinion

ProJo: New England states must avoid bidding wars (B6)
By John Hailer
Boston - The reaction in Massachusetts to the demise of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios has stretched the gamut from a grim sigh to some barely concealed glee. After all, it was less than two years ago that the soap opera began after Rhode Island successfully lured Schilling away from the commonwealth with a $75 million loan guarantee.

ProJo: Bay State schools should heed the lessons of history (B7)
Boston - Too often, education policy makers get so carried away with what’s new that they forget what works. Thankfully, new polling shows that parents, teachers and legislators are a lot better at keeping their eyes on the ball.

ProJo: A modern economy should have health care for all (B7)
By Froma Harrop
For now, let’s drop the talk about wanting a liberal America or a conservative America. What we truly need is a modern America. No country can be modern that spends twice what its rich competitors do on health care while leaving millions without any coverage.
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