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October 21st, 2011

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

October 20th

Budget meeting paints grim picture

October 21, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Budget season is looming for both the North Kingstown Town Council and the School Committee and, if Monday night is an indication, it’s not going to be pretty.
In an attempt to begin discussing the major challenges both the town and schools will soon face, the two elected branches of local government met in a joint session before the public where they each stated their case about the difficult choices that lie ahead.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Whitehouse hears URI students’ concerns on Pell Grants

October 20, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse visited the University of Rhode Island on Friday to listen to students’ concerns about further cuts to Pell Grant funding for the next school year.
Whitehouse recently introduced a resolution in the Senate defending the Pell Grant and discouraging any cuts to the program. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Al Franken (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansetts attend "Carcieri fix" hearing

October 20, 2011

A Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing was held in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 13, to consider and review the countrywide effects of the 2009 Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar that found Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, did not have authority to take Narragansett Indian tribal land into federal trust.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

October 19th

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

 

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