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RI health bill signed into law

September 27, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed an Executive Order on Monday establishing the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange, a program through which uninsured individuals and small businesses can shop for the best deal among a multiple number of health insurers.

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RI students face tuition hike at URI

September 27, 2011

KINGSTON – With nearly flat level funding from the state to public colleges, the University of Rhode Island has no choice but to raise tuition for Rhode Islanders by 9.5 percent for the fall of 2012.

“We’ve run out of degrees of freedom in our budget,” Donald DeHayes, ProVost and Vice President of Academic Affairs said.

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All eyes on local fishermen

September 26, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – New England’s fishing fleet may have to make room for Big Brother as a federally funded pilot program plans to use closed-circuit cameras on board to record the catch and replace human observers on fishing boats.

The program has local fishermen up and arms over the extremes regulations have taken.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

September 23, 2011

Inside today's paper, find out what's inside the SKESP teacher aides contract for 2011 to 2014 and why the union is not so happy. Also, with the pension problem looming, Narragansett Schools are fearing the worst for pension costs.

Also, inside today's The Narragansett Times, find out why local fishermen have had enough with a new federal program to electronically monitoring the men at sea.

Lastly, as the Kimberly Fry trial enters its second week, read up on her ex-husband's the heartbreaking testimony on his daughter's death.

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Town hero comes home

September 22, 2011

 

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Surrounded by American flags, standing nearby a West Kingston Fire Station truck, about a hundred Elks Lodge and community members awaited the arrival of South Kingstown’s hero Joe “Tiger” Patrick on Saturday afternoon.

 

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Straight talk on pension reform

September 22, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With one month left before the General Assembly will hold a special session on state pension reform, General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo is reaching out to every corner of the state to explain to tax payers the state’s $9.4-billion unfunded pension problem.

Last Thursday, she made a stop at South Kingstown Town Hall, where she met with two dozen local officials from South County. Later on in the day, she met 75 members and guests at the South Kingstown Rotary Club luncheon.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

September 21, 2011

As the winter months head our way, it is almost time to get the snow plows ready. However, in the town of Narragansett, the town council debated whether they should fund new Highway Department trucks for snow removal or police and fire vehicles during these economic times.  

With General Treasurer Gina Raimondo proposing a new state pension plan next month, find out how South Kingstown will fare without pension reform.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

DPUC investigates National Grid

September 19, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, fallen trees knocked out power to many households across the state, including in South Kingstown and Narragansett. As National Grid struggled to bring residents’ homes up to full regular power, many criticized the corporation for its haphazard and lethargic response time.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South Kingstown's hero comes home

September 17, 2011

After walking over 600 miles from Washington D.C. to Ground Zero, New York City to honor the victims and first responders of September 11, 2001, South Kingstown's Joe "Tiger" Patrick has returned home. His remarkable journey has changed him in more ways than he realized when he set out on foot on Aug. 7.

To celebrate and honor Patrick's achievement, his family, friends, and community turned out at the Elks Lodge #1899 on Belmont Avenue Saturday to show their appreciation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town Council continues motion to approve $30,000 to fix break room

September 15, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—The Narragansett Town Council continued a motion to approve $29,980 of kitchen improvements to the break room at the town hall. Some town employees, however, have taken umbrage with spending budget dollars on a project which they deem as an unnecessary expenditure.

“Bottom line is that this renovation request is a waste of tax payer's money and is in bad taste during a time of economic hardship,” said one employee. “This break room can be updated for significantly less and still fulfill the needs of Town employees.”

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