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October 19th, 2011

The pension crisis hits home

October 20, 2011

Tuesday night state leaders became poised to make history as the General Assembly met during a one-day special legislation on the proposed pension reform. For 10 months, Rhode Islanders from across the state, from state employees to retirees to teachers to public safety workers and cities and towns have been anticipating Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s proposal to save the state from its only 48 percent funded pension system and $7 billion unfunded liability.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview this week's Standard Times today!

October 20, 2011

From just about the moment the North Kingstown Town Council and School Committee finalized their individual budgets for the 2012 fiscal year, talk turned to 2013 and, to put it lightly, the discussions were far from optimistic.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Redistricting process underway in South County

October 19, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As Rhode Island undergoes reapportioning and redistricting its voting districts once more to reflect the results of the new 2010 Census, state legislators are anxiously waiting to see what they may lose or gain.

As the Special Commission on Reapportionment met last Thursday at the South Kingstown High School during a preliminary public hearing on redistricting, local representatives and senators discovered there will be some changes in Washington County.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

October 19, 2011

In today's Narragansett Times, find out how the voting districts may change as the state once again undergoes the redistricting process after the 2010 Census results revealed population changes. Also, inside today's paper, Sen. Whitehouse meets with URI students to discuss the future of the Pell Grants and Political Columnist Jim Baron discusses Occupy Wall Street's place in the political system.

All and more inside, today's The Narragansett Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

October 18th

Politics as Usual: In-state tuition is a sideshow to the real issue (OPINION)

October 19, 2011

This being Columbus Day weekend, it seems appropriate to ponder the vexing question of immigration.
I must be one of the few people in Rhode Island who is ambivalent about the issue of allowing illegal alien high school graduates pay in-state tuition at URI and the state colleges.
Everyone else seems to be on one side or the other – loudly, passionately, dedicatedly, even angrily on one side or the other.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Resident brings petition to town council

October 18, 2011

ALTON - The issue of public safety is not taken lightly by the people of Richmond.

Just ask Michael Pennacchia, resident of Bucknam Road in Alton. Pennacchia recently started a petition, signed by the vast majority of his neighbors, asking the town to do something that he believes will be the best interest of public safety in his quiet, rural neighborhood.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

October 17th

NK sensei teaches focus and respect to produce karate kids

October 18, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Robert Benner, 23, who once considered a career in law because he enjoys “the philosophical aspects” became, instead, a third-degree black belt martial artist using philosophy to shape and mold little kids.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI Welcome Center closes

October 17, 2011

HOPKINTON - The Rhode Island Welcome Center, which sits on the northbound side of Route 95 in between Exits 2 and 3, was officially closed on Thursday, Sept. 29.

According to a letter from Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. (RIEDC) Executive Director Keith Stokes to both the Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives, the Welcome Center was closed because of funding shortages and a decreasing number of visitors

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

October 16th

Historic Exeter church restored to divine original

October 17, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Drivers traveling on Ten Rod Road last Thursday were treated to an amazing site: the entire exterior of the historic Chestnut Hill Baptist Church’s belfry had been taken down, leaving behind a skeleton made of tree trunks surrounding an ancient bell.
As contractors from Keach Framing removed the last remnants – dealt a death blow by Tropical Storm Irene – church members working on the ground put the finishing touches on the new louvers they’d built to create a crown for the venerable meeting house.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

October 15th

Tell Me Your Story: Spirit overcomes shock of breast cancer

October 16, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The atmosphere in the Aloxi salon on Boston Neck Road is typically raucous. Women – and some brave men – will understand what I mean.
The three beauty professionals who are fluffing, buffing, curling, coloring and snipping are also joking, teasing and sharing the kind of banter only found in such an environment where secrets are shared and news travels faster than CNN.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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