AS Daily News Roundup: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Table of Contents
Business and Finance
ProJo: Bank RI subpoenaed for loans secured by film-tax credits

Education and Community
ProJo: Students share their ‘Journeys’ with the world
ProJo: How to best help struggling students
ProJo: Scouts honor late governor, who lived by ‘be prepared’
ProJo (blog): Langevin, Gist to discuss skills gap in Providence
Health and Wellness
ProJo: ‘Stalking horse’ bid approved
Politics and Government
ProJo: A rock and a hard place
ProJo: Baldelli-Hunt in the spotlight
ProJo: Penalty for possession to be lessened
ProJo: Records bill being ‘evaluated’
ProJo: Stokes to receive severance
ProJo: Empty seats, full place for EDC
ProJo: East Bay renewable energy bill dies in House
ProJo: Radio callers relieved that tax plan failed
ProJo: Budget – Key points
WRNI (blog): Bob Watson’s graceful exit from the General Assembly
WRNI (blog): Brendan Doherty building organization in East Bay
PBN (press release): New policy leaders head to the State House to graduate
Opinion
ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: Talent within 38 Studios should not go to waste
ProJo: Give R.I. some credit for its beauty
GoLocalProv: Donna Perry: Another shameful session

Business and Finance

ProJo: Bank RI subpoenaed for loans secured by film-tax credits (A2)
By Mike Stanton
Federal law-enforcement subpoenas have gone out in the 38 Studios investigation.

Education and Community

ProJo: Students share their ‘Journeys’ with the world (A1)
By Linda Borg
PROVIDENCE — The smallest high school in the biggest school district in the smallest state has published an anthology of more than 100 poems, essays and short stories that reflect the poignant and sometimes tragic stories of their childhoods.

ProJo: How to best help struggling students (A1)
By Jennifer D. Jordan
CENTRAL FALLS — Tensions at Calcutt Middle School over whether eighth graders who are failing multiple classes should be held back or allowed to enter high school this fall have spilled into public view, as some teachers and the incoming principal disagree on the best approach.

ProJo: Scouts honor late governor, who lived by ‘be prepared’ (A9)
By Maria Armental
The late governor many in Rhode Island remember as a comforting presence in a plaid flannel shirt during the Blizzard of ’78 will be honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award on Thursday.

ProJo (blog): Langevin, Gist to discuss skills gap in Providence 
By News Staff
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin and Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist are meeting with students and teachers to discuss ways to ensure that high-school graduates are ready for college and careers.

Health and Wellness

ProJo: ‘Stalking horse’ bid approved (A4)
By Felice J. Freyer
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Declaring that “there is in fact going to be a future for Westerly Hospital,” Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern on Wednesday approved a “stalking horse” bid from Lawrence & Memorial Hospital of New London, Conn.

Politics and Government

ProJo: A rock and a hard place (A1)
By John Hill
That was the question being asked here after the House adjourned in the pre-dawn hours without approving a bill allowing s $6.6-million supplemental tax levy city and state officials said the city needed to balance its budget.

ProJo: Baldelli-Hunt in the spotlight (A1)
By Mark Reynolds
WOONSOCKET — Under the leadership of Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Woonsocket’s three-member House delegation has taken the city’s finances to the brink, according to some city officials.

ProJo: Penalty for possession to be lessened (A1)
By Michael P. McKinney and Katherine Gregg
PROVIDENCE –– Rhode Island is joining the list of states that have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of non-medical marijuana.

ProJo: Records bill being ‘evaluated’ (A1)
By Karen Lee Ziner
PROVIDENCE –– The first major overhaul of the state’s Open Records Law in more than a decade drew praise from open government advocates and law-enforcement officials Wednesday. But as the praise poured in, Governor Chafee was “evaluating” the bill and deciding whether to act, his spokeswoman said.

ProJo: Stokes to receive severance (A2)
By Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE –– Keith W. Stokes is entitled to receive $63,955 in severance pay, which includes 13 weeks of pay beyond the date of his departure from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, from which he resigned as executive director amid the financial collapse of Curt Schilling’s video-game company.

ProJo: Empty seats, full place for EDC (A2)
By Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE –– Even though the state Senate has recessed without confirming Governor Chafee’s six nominees to fill seats on the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation board, the agency still has enough directors to conduct business.

ProJo: East Bay renewable energy bill dies in House (A11)
By Alex Kuffner
PROVIDENCE — Legislation that would have allowed nine East Bay communities to band together to build a wind farm in Tiverton died in the General Assembly before it adjourned early Wednesday morning.

ProJo: Radio callers relieved that tax plan failed (A13)
By Richard C. Dujardin
It was by no means a scientific poll, but most callers to a radio talk show Wednesday were happy that the General Assembly failed to approve a 13-percent supplemental property tax that Woonsocket’s leaders insisted was necessary to keep the city solvent.

ProJo: Budget – Key points (A14)
Budget: $8.1 billion tax and spend plan; opens door to tolls on Sakonnet River bridge; increases school aid; hikes cigarette tax to $3.50 per pack; extends 7-percent sales tax to taxi and limousine rides, pet grooming; clothing over $250.

WRNI (blog): Bob Watson’s graceful exit from the General Assembly
By Ian Donnis
State Representative Robert Watson– the sometimes bombastic and always quotable East Greenwich Republican who served for years as the articulate voice of GOP opposition in the House — is leaving the General Assembly after more than two decades.

WRNI (blog): Brendan Doherty building organization in East Bay
By Scott MacKay
Former RI state police col. Brendan Doherty of   Cumberland , the GOP candidate for U.S. House in the 1st District, has been moving his feet lately. Besides picking up endorsements from some Democrats, including onetime Boston Mayor Ray Flynn (a PC basketball star), former Newport State Rep. Jimmy Mahoney and former RI State Rep. Joanne Giannini of Providence’s Mount Pleasant district, Doherty has been holding meet-and-greets and fund-raisers almost every evening.

PBN (press release): New policy leaders head to the State House to graduate
Women’s Policy Institute group recognizes Senator Rhoda Perry, Representative Elaine Coderre and Former Policy Consultant Arianne Lynch for their leadership

Opinion

ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: Talent within 38 Studios should not go to waste (A4)
By Edward Fitzpatrick
As one of the creators for the “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” video games, Ryan Lesser is something of a rock star in the video-game industry. So it’s worth considering what the Providence resident has to say about the implosion of 38 Studios, the Curt Schilling video-game company that received a $75-million loan guarantee from the state and has now filed for bankruptcy.

ProJo: Give R.I. some credit for its beauty (B7)
By David Brussat
The General Assembly fumbled a big chance to stoke Rhode Island’s economy before it adjourned yesterday. It can right that wrong by reviving historic-preservation tax credits in a special session aimed at fixing the state’s embarrassing economic-development process.

GoLocalProv: Donna Perry: Another shameful session 
“What is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days…” – American poet James R. Lowell’s often cited tribute to the month of June immortalized our collective appreciation for the perfect weather conditions which can be experienced during this month of the year. Aside from the weather however, Lowell’s famous lines bear no resemblance to what this month has come to really represent in Rhode Island for far too many years now. 
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