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June 15th, 2012

Fontaine: Chafee promises not to veto Landmark legislation

June 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET -- Mayor Leo Fontaine announced Friday that Gov. Lincoln Chafee has assured him that he will not veto legislative changes to the Hospital Conversions Act sought by Landmark Medical Center's prospective buyer, Steward Health Care of Boston.
Fontaine said he met with Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday and told him that hospital officials were convinced the veto would kill the deal and hasten the demise of the struggling community hospital.

June 14th

Gist to Woonsocket Schools: We'll think about it

June 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee Wednesday offered the keys to the Woonsocket Education Department to the Rhode Island Department of Education, saying the city simply doesn’t have the money to comply with all the mandates heaped upon it by the state.
“You come in and take care of your unfunded mandates,” Committeeman Chris Roberts said. “You have created all the laws we have to comply with.”
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it can’t operate with available funds and still comply with the minimum Basic Education Plan.

School Department seeks state takeover

June 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday night to ask the state of Rhode Island to take control of the city’s cash-strapped public education system.
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it can’t operate with available funds and still comply with the state-mandated Basic Education Plan.
“Our fiduciary responsibility is to both educate Woonsocket’s approximately six thousand youths while also operating with a balanced budget,” the letter says. “This simply cannot be done.”

June 13th

City man clings to life after struck by brick

June 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET (Courtesy WPRI) - A city man is fighting for his life after being struck in the head with a brick early Saturday morning.
According to police, Brian Hicks and three friends were walking near Walnut Hill when someone drove by in a gold truck and threw a brick out the window, hitting Hicks in the head.
"Whoever did this is an animal we want this guy caught," said Hicks' father Russell, according to WPRI.
Doctors say Hicks is battling a severe head injury. He's had multiple surgeries, but so far shown no sign of consciousness. Doctors say they aren't sure what the outcome will be.

June 12th

Budget board balks at recall of teachers

June 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The state-appointed Budget Commission Monday reserved the right not to recall up to 98 teachers who are still holding pink slips, about a fifth of the Woonsocket Education Department’s teaching workforce.
Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan was before the panel asking for permission to recall 56 teachers immediately to fill known vacancies, including a number of state-mandated positions.

Cumberland High graduates more than 350

June 12, 2012

CUMBERLAND — With a nod to the class of 1962, the graduating class of 2012 bid farewell to Cumberland High School on Monday night at a ceremony held at Tucker Field.

June 11th

Netroots Nation examines Rhode Island Democrats

June 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Denizens of Netroots Nation may have thought they were coming to a famously deep-blue state that has Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of its General Assembly for their 2012 get-together, but a panel of local activists gave them a sobering dose of bad news: While Rhode Island is heavily Democratic, it is not particularly liberal, or, in the current jargon, progressive.

June 10th

Senate to take up budget Monday

June 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE – It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panel’s hearing on the budget.

House approves ignition interlock bill

June 10, 2012

STATE HOUSE – The House this past week approved legislation to increase use of the vehicle ignition interlock system for those convicted of driving under the influence or refusing a chemical test.

BHS confers 158 diplomas

June 10, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — The 158 Burrillville High School seniors who earned diplomas at Friday's 111th Commencement celebrated achievements, overcame obstacles and adapted to change on their four-year high school journeys.
The Class of 2012 may also have been Burrillville High School's most diverse.
"We all became friends despite our differences and that diversity seemed to bring us together," said Senior Class President Nathan A. Satish, an exchange student who noted the graduating class's unique membership.

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