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December 24th

Committee approves plans that will alter EG

December 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Senators and Representatives of District 35, which encompasses most of East Greenwich, may face a whole new set of voters in several other towns, now that the state’s redistricting commission has endorsed three plans that will radically alter voting districts throughout the state.

In Room 313 at the State House Monday evening, the 17 members of the Special Committee on Reapportionment voted 11-6 to approve the new statewide district map under Congress Plan F; and 17-0 to approve the new districts proposed under Senate Plan E as amended and House Plan D, as amended.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 23rd

NK man guilty of possessing child porn

December 24, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A North Kingstown man pleaded guilty in Providence federal court Tuesday morning to being in possession of over 7,500 images of child pornography.
Leon Tousignant, 67, of 2180 Tower Hill Road, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and could face up to 10 years in a federal prison with a supervised release for a term of five years to life, and up to a $250,000 fine when he’s sentenced on March 15, 2012 before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lisi.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rams crushed by PC

December 23, 2011

By ERIC RUEB
erueb@ricentral.com

KINGSTON – With 3 minutes, 48 seconds left to play, many fans in Keaney Blue and white rose from their seats, put on their coats and started exiting the Ryan Center.

Gingerbread Kids benefits Narragansett families

December 23, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Gifts and food products rested in long rows on the gymnasium floor at Narragansett Elementary School. As volunteers take count of the donated inventory, families from Narragansett begin to stream in, happily receiving the unselfish largesse which many in the local community have offered.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Moody’s gives SK high marks

December 23, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A special report released Monday by Moody’s Service Investors has ranked South Kingstown as top in the state for having the highest bond rating.

The financial rating agency noted “local governments in Rhode Island are experiencing economic weakness, revenue stagnation and pension expense growth that are more acute than in most other states and are likely to persist into the future. We expect few if any rating upgrades and a continuing trend of downgrade activity in the coming year.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

December 23, 2011

In today's paper, find out how the newly approved district maps changed in Washington County.

This week Moodys Investor Service predicted a slow turn around for Rhode Island, but South Kingstown was ranked at the top with the highest bond rating.

Narragansett Elementary School just embarked on the use of new Ipads for students. Find out how teachers are using these new learning tools.

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

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond receives $63,000 for Irene expenses

December 23, 2011

RICHMOND - Tropical Storm Irene was a very bothersome and costly, even dangerous and destructive, affair for most of Rhode Island. Last week, however, the town of Richmond was repaid for some of its troubles during the worst storm of 2011.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 22nd

Battle over NK school budget heating up

December 23, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The North Kingstown school district is expected to run a deficit for fiscal year 2012 and, as a way to stop it from getting worse, the town attempted to file a restraining order last week in court to halt any spending without the town’s approval.
Instead of a definitive ruling, however, Washington Superior Court Judge Brian Stern told both the town’s and school’s attorneys they had a month to work it out on their own.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Chariho Times

December 22, 2011

In today's paper, find out what local legislators think about their new districts after the Reapportionment Committee approved redistricting maps for 2012 on Monday.

Also we have a story about John Christian Hopkins, one Hope Valley native and Narragansett Tribal member who has become a successful novelist. Hopkins will join public radio’s Native America Calling on Dec. 29 to discuss his fourth book, Twilight of the Gods.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

District shake-up leaves one Rep for Charlestown

December 22, 2011

The Rhode Island Redistricting Committee voted 11-6 to approve a plan to correct a population imbalance between the state’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts, but it was the unanimous approval of House and Senate redistricting plans that will affect the Chariho towns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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