Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 9, 2010

Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled their plan to cover the state’s deficit on Thursday. The so-called supplemental budget includes cutting money from state school districts, communities and pension benefits, but it does not include any new taxes. The proposal still needs to go through the House and Senate, the former which is expected to vote on it Tuesday.

A $1,500 is being offered by the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to anyone with information on a recent swan killing near the Point Street Bridge over the Providence River. The society’s president says they already have an eyewitness who saw two people near where the swan was nesting.

The University of Rhode Island formally instated its new president, David M. Dooley formerly of Montana State, on Thursday. Dooley criticized what he perceived was an epidemic of pessimism surrounding the state, saying the phrase “only in Rhode Island” wasn’t going to fly with him.

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