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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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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

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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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

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

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

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

SK partners with YMCA for Healthy Places By Design Program

October 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town of South Kingstown is taking steps to be healthier as it partners with the South County YMCA and engages in the new Healthy Places By Design Program with the community.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NEASK and Stringfellow finally face off

October 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The teachers of South Kingstown believe the district is in danger of falling backwards, becoming less high performing and losing its respect in the state. They expressed that fear seven weeks ago on Aug. 30 with a vote of no confidence against the leadership of their boss, blaming the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kristen Stringfellow for their worries.

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