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Ruling may put crimp in pension plan

September 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — State employees and schoolteachers “possess implied unilateral contract rights” to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.

Woonsocket Police get seven new cars

September 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Using about $158,000 in drug forfeiture money, the Woonsocket Police Department has ordered seven new vehicles to replace some of the oldest cruisers and detective cars in its fleet. Capt. Kenneth Paulhus said five 2011 Ford Fusions were ordered for the detectives, while the patrol division will get two 2012 Crown Victorias.

Raimondo gives state senators a pension lesson

September 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that she would like to fashion a pension reform plan that would not take benefits away from state employees who have already retired, and thinks she can do it. But she isn’t making any promises.
“We would love to be able get this done without touching accrued benefits,” she said at an informational caucus for the full senate, “so if you’ve earned it, it’s yours, and I think that is possible, that is why we are taking so long to carefully go through the numbers.”

More cops may get fired

September 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Three police officers may be fired on administrative charges stemming from the 2009 beating of a 16-year-old boy — a highly publicized incident which already ended the career of another policeman who went to federal prison for assault.
City and police officials declined to confirm this information, but the head of the Woonsocket police union said all three were served with termination notices over a week ago.

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