Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: October 21, 2011

Rhode Island Public Transport Authority (RIPTA) will receive a $1.7 million grant from the federal government.  The money will be used to develop a management system to oversee the conditions of RIPTA’s fleet and facilities.  RIPTA will also receive an additional $189,000 through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act to develop sustainability.

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted in favor of the pension plan unveiled earlier this week by Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 and state treasurer Gina Raimondo.  Chafee said the vote “expresses the Rhode Island business community’s commitment to truly comprehensive reform.”

First lady of Rhode Island Stephanie Chafee will perform a civil union ceremony for her friends Lynn McKinney and Ron Margolin November 5.  Chafee, who was one of the first nurses in Rhode Island to work with AIDS patients, was authorized by lawmakers to perform the service.  Lawmakers routinely give authorization to people who are not licensed to wed, but this is the first time they have approved a request for a civil union ceremony.

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