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October 21st, 2011

State leaders hatch a hybrid pension plan

October 22, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A new hybrid plan that combines a traditional pension guarantee with a 401(K)-style plan, a suspension of cost-of-living increases for Rhode Island’s retired government workers for up to 19 years, and a higher retirement age up to 67 years old for current workers 51 years of age are what Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo propose will save the state from its only 48 percent funded pension system and $7.3 billion unfunded liability.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Water treatment plant begins construction

October 22, 2011

COVENTRY—According to General Manager Tim Brown, the Kent County Water Authority (KCWA) has been supplying customers with drinking water for close to five decades. The new Mishnock Well Field Treatment Plant will expand its capacities to Kent County Water Authority customers in Coventry, West Warwick, West Greenwich, as well as other neighboring towns, he explained.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NEARI leaders see major flaws in Raimondo’s pension plan

October 21, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – General Treasurer Gina Raimondo touted the pension plan proposed Tuesday night during a special legislative session as fair, but local National Education Association union leaders are seeing it in a different light.

Immediately following Governor Lincoln D. Chafee’s and Raimondo’s introduction of the plan, unions, specifically National Education Association of Rhode Island (NEARI) didn’t hide their disapproval and told lawmakers they will challenge the bill in court for breaking promises made to state employees.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State leaders hatch a hybrid pension plan

October 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A new hybrid plan that combines a traditional pension guarantee with a 401(K)-style plan, a suspension of cost-of-living increases for Rhode Island’s retired government workers for up to 19 years, and a higher retirement age up to 67 years old for current workers 51 years of age are what Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo propose will save the state from its only 48 percent funded pension system and $7.3 billion unfunded liability.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Breast Cancer Coalition demands: find a cure

October 21, 2011

COVENTRY – The Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition, a statewide organization with national ties, is challenging medical researchers: End breast cancer by 2020.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett woman arrested on murder charge

October 21, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—-Narragansett Police officers apprehended Cara L. Rintala, 45, at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. Rintala has been indicted by the Hampshire Grand Jury in Massachusetts on the 2010 murder of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37, in their former home at 18 Barton Street in Granby, Massachusetts.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

October 21, 2011

This week Rhode Island has been grappling with the new pension plan proposal at the State House. In today's paper, find out what local representatives and local union leaders think about Chafee's and Raimondo's pension proposal to fix the $7.3 million unfunded pension liability and how it may affect you.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fire Prevention Week becomes family affair

October 21, 2011

EAST GREENWICH - National Fire Prevention Week became a family event last week at Stork's Nest Child Academy when Smokey the Bear came to visit preschool classes.

But Smokey, with help from R.I. Department of Environmental Management Senior Forest Ranger David Palumbo, was keeping a little secret from most of the children present.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Locals become 'Occupied' in Providence last weekend

October 21, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — While some in the local media portray Occupy Providence as a movement powered largely by Brown University students and a few disaffected 1960’s radicals, two East Greenwich residents offer opposing evidence.

For Tom Judd, a 2003 East Greenwich High School graduate struggling to establish himself professionally and finding himself unemployed and back home, the group – a local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement which charges banks and large financial firms with triggering the three-year-plus economic downturn – offers the opportunity to work toward a solution.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Stump Dump case reaches home stretch

October 21, 2011

RICHMOND - A multi-year long case involving the town, the state and a businessman regarding the property he owns off Skunk Hill Road could very well be over by next week.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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