AS Daily News Roundup: Friday, June 15, 2012

Table of Contents
Business, Economy and Finance
ProJo: Unemployment rate dips slightly, but state loses jobs
ProJo: DLT to close career center to deal with agency layoffs
ProJo: By filing lawsuit, Citizens joins list of creditors

Education
ProJo: City asks state to take over its schools
ProJo: Graduations today
ProJo: At 59, she’s become a certified success
Politics and Government
ProJo: Taking guns off the streets
ProJo: Voters approve $79.6-million budget handily
ProJo: Auto insurers urge Chafee to veto body shop bill
ProJo: Panel, in straw poll, backs mayoral government
ProJo: Law: FBI must check employees
ProJo: R.I., Maine ACLUs say FBI is ‘stonewalling’
ProJo: Lawmakers take GTECH out of casino bill
ProJo: Assembly OKs stricter reporting
ProJo: Town leaders say casino bill adequate
WRNI: Woonsocket’s fiscal struggles
WRNI (blog): In surprise departure, John Igliozzi is leaving the chairmanship of the Providence Finance Committee
Opinion
ProJo: Bob Kerr: Hangover is sure to come after legislative last call
ProJo: Editorial: Let them buy Landmark
ProJo: Editorial: Make public records public
GoLocalProv: Who’s hot and who’s not in RI politics?

Business, Economy and Finance

ProJo: Unemployment rate dips slightly, but state loses jobs (A1)
By Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE –– Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in May to11percent, but the state’s economic picture remains mixed with a loss of 200 jobs from April to May, according to figures released Friday by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

ProJo: DLT to close career center to deal with agency layoffs (A1)
By Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE –– As the state labor department braces for the layoffs of 60 to 70 employees, or about 15 percent of its staff, Director Charles J. Fogarty says the department has been preparing for changes in how Rhode Islanders apply for unemployment benefits and how they get help from the career centers where those employees work.

ProJo: By filing lawsuit, Citizens joins list of creditors (A8)
By Paul Grimaldi
PROVIDENCE — Citizens Bank has sued Curt Schilling, seeking $2.4 million from the ex-baseball player and founder of video-game company 38 Studios LLC.

Education

ProJo: City asks state to take over its schools (A1)
By John Hill
WOONSOCKET — Citing the law that was used to take over the Central Falls school system in 1991, the School Committee Wednesday night voted 4 to 1 to request that the state take control of the city’s deficit-wracked school system.

ProJo: Graduations today (A2)
Lincoln High School / Ponaganset High School / Rogers High School / South Kingstown High School / Ocean Tides School / Westerly High School / East Providence High School / New England Laborers’/Cranston Public Schools Construction & Career Academy / Scituate High School

ProJo: At 59, she’s become a certified success (A4)
By Donita Naylor
PROVIDENCE Val Freitas never wrote an essay until she took a class recently at Dorcas Place. And then, what she wrote “all ran together,” says the 59-year-old, who came to the United States from Portugal at age 24 with a fourth-grade education that included little English.

Politics and Government

ProJo: Taking guns off the streets (A1)
By Amanda Milkovits
PROVIDENCE –– When her 16-year-old grandson mouths off about guns and acts as though he’s invincible, Shirley Jones-Odufunade worries that he won’t live to 18.

ProJo: Voters approve $79.6-million budget handily (A1)
By Alex Kuffner
WEST WARWICK –– Voters on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a $79.6-million budget for the next fiscal year that includes an increased payment to the town’s troubled pension plan and a settlement of a longstanding funding dispute with the School Department.

ProJo: Auto insurers urge Chafee to veto body shop bill (A1)
By Katherine Gregg
PROVIDENCE — The local and national auto insurance industry has mounted a campaign to persuade Governor Chafee to veto a bill that would allow auto body shops to sue insurance companies, that cleared the General Assembly at 2:58 a.m. on Wednesday after one of its sponsors — House Majority Whip J. Patrick O’Neill — demanded his name be taken off the bill.

ProJo: Panel, in straw poll, backs mayoral government (A6)
By W. Zachary Malinowski
CENTRAL FALLS — Just a month after they met for the first time, members of the Charter Review Commission zeroed in Thursday on possible questions that could appear on the November ballot and could change the way government operates in the state’s first bankrupt city.

ProJo: Law: FBI must check employees (A8)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– Governor Chafee signed legislation on Thursday making it clear that anyone working for a state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary must submit to an FBI background check.

ProJo: R.I., Maine ACLUs say FBI is ‘stonewalling’ (A9)
By Karen Lee Ziner
PROVIDENCE –– The Rhode Island and Maine affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union have appealed what they say is “the FBI’s refusal to release virtually any information” about authorized collecting and mapping of race and ethnicity data in the two states. That information, the groups stated, might indicate the extent to which the program is being used and “how it might be resulting in racial profiling.”

ProJo: Lawmakers take GTECH out of casino bill (A11)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– GTECH may have lost its bid to receive special exemptions in the casino bill approved by state lawmakers Tuesday, but the General Assembly did manage to approve legislative redress for the gambling giant before recessing for the summer early Wednesday morning.

ProJo: Assembly OKs stricter reporting (A11)
By Randal Edgar
PROVIDENCE — As the General Assembly’s 2012 session drew to a close early Wednesday morning, state lawmakers passed a bill that rewrites the rules for independent groups that spend money to support political candidates and causes.

ProJo: Town leaders say casino bill adequate (A11)
By Michael P. McKinney
LINCOLN — After the General Assembly approved a bill this week that set Rhode Island’s financial take if casino gambling wins statewide voter approval for Twin River and Newport Grand, several town officials said they believe the bill gives Lincoln some financial protection.

WRNI: Woonsocket’s fiscal struggles
By Ian Donnis
The fiscal crisis in Woonsocket and the end of the legislative session. That’s part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Joining our host, Rhode Island Public Radio Political Reporter Ian Donnis, is Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay and University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley. Our special guest is John Ward, president of the Woonsocket City Council.

WRNI (blog): In surprise departure, John Igliozzi is leaving the chairmanship of the Providence Finance Committee
By Ian Donnis
John Igliozzi announced during a meeting this evening of the Providence City Council’s Finance Committee that he’ll be stepping down as FinCom chairman, effective July 1.

Opinion

ProJo: Bob Kerr: Hangover is sure to come after legislative last call (A4)
By Bob Kerr
Bartenders have to do it. So do beat cops. It is that uneasy, sometimes droolish work of waking up a slumbering citizen and urging him or her to move out of public view. “Come on, buddy, no sleepin’ here.” It is a hard, fuzzy moment, waking up and assuming a full upright position and trying to put the last few minutes or hours or days back together. The details can sting as they emerge from the fog. It can be gentle or harsh, even funny sometimes: “Man, wake up, wake up. You’re married.” “I’m wha…?” Or, as perhaps seen at the Rhode Island State House: “Man, wake up, wake up, we just passed a casino bill.”

ProJo: Editorial: Let them buy Landmark (B6)
It’s mordantly amusing that it was so quick and easy for a new and untested video-game company to get a $75 million loan guarantee from the State of Rhode Island but that it can be so difficult for a company with a proven track record to buy something in the Ocean State!

ProJo: Editorial: Make public records public (B6)
This year’s session of the Rhode Island General Assembly has done some good things — e.g., a regulatory-review bill. (We thought it had failed to pass.) It also punted on too many things –– such as some tax matters and local-state jurisdictional issues such as regionalization and localities’ tools to deal with public-employee unions.

GoLocalProv: Who’s hot and who’s not in RI politics?
By Dan McGowan
Every Friday, Dan McGowan breaks down who’s rising and who’s falling in the world of Rhode Island politics. Check out who makes the list this week.
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