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12:29 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

August home sales data a mixed bag

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PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says single-family homes sales were up in August, but the median price dropped.

Single-family homes sales were up by 22 percent in August compared to last year, but the median price dropped nearly 7 percent. In terms of actual numbers, that's 670 home sales in August with a median price of $205,000.

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10:54 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Gordon fuzzy on drunken driving record

Dan Gordon apologizes at his press conference in Portsmouth.
Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – State representative Dan Gordon is apologizing to the residents of his district for not disclosing a criminal past that includes convictions for assault and drunk driving. But he's refusing calls from both parties to resign, as well as a plea from Governor Lincoln Chafee.

Gordon called reporters to a Portsmouth street corner Wednesday morning and said he was sorry for concealing his criminal record, a past he blames on alcohol abuse stemming from his service in the first Gulf War.

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RIPR News
9:54 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Raimondo continues push for pension overhaul

RI Treasurer Gina Raimondo
Credit Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public-employee unions won a victory last week when a judge ruled they have a contract right to their pensions. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo told legislators that the court decision won't be an obstacle to solving Rhode Island's pension crisis.

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Politics
8:41 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Gordon refuses to resign

Gordon says he dealt with PTSD, \"as most veterans do, by self-medicating with alcohol.\"
Photo by James Wyman.

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Representative Daniel Gordon says his past legal problems stem from post-traumatic stress disorder that he developed during the Persian Gulf War.

Gordon has a lengthy record in Massachusetts, including a conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He blames those troubles on stress related to his Marine service in Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf war.

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RIPR News
8:36 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Raimondo leads House pension briefing

Pensions return front and center at the Statehouse today with a briefing in the House.
Photo by James Wyman.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The topic of pensions will return front and center at the Statehouse today. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo will kick things off with a pension briefing to the House of Representatives. She offered a similar overview last week to the state Senate.

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RIPR News
4:30 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Medical Examiner rules O'Loughlin death a homicide

Ryan O'Loughlin with his wife Lucia Uchalova
Photo credit: O'Loughlin family

PROVIDENCE, RI – A man who died 16 hours after being arrested by Westerly police was the victim of a homicide, according to the Connecticut Medical Examiner's office. Specifically, the autopsy showed Ryan O'Loughlin, 34, of Mystic, CT died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen which lacerated his liver.


O'Loughlin's attorney, Mark Dana, says it's a clear case of excessive brutality.

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RIPR News
3:55 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

RI affected by birth control recall

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Women in the Ocean State might be getting the wrong hormone doses if their birth control pills are manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. The company is voluntarily recalling multiple types of the medication following a packaging error that put the pills in the wrong order. Women affected by the recall should contact their doctors and use another form of birth control.

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Economy
12:11 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

RIPTA: Will cut jobs, spare bus service

RIPTA says it has a new plan to fill a $5 million gap and keep its buses rolling.
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PROVIDENCE, RI – About 100 RIPTA bus drivers and managers rallied at Kennedy Plaza Tuesday morning to protest a proposed 30 percent cut in federal funding. Paul Harrington, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union says the cut would be a disaster for the already cash-strapped agency.

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RIPR News
11:46 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Reed: military ready for end of Don't Ask Don't Tell

U.S. Senator Jack Reed
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PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he's confident the military has taken the necessary steps ensure a smooth transition as the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy fades into history Tuesday. The 18-year-old law banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

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RIPR News
9:20 am
Tue September 20, 2011

RI lacks sufficient affordable housing

PROVIDENCE, RI – People who earn the median salary in Rhode Island - about $54,000 a year - can afford to buy homes in only nine of the state's 39 communities. The information comes from Housing Works RI, which is out with its annual Fact Book. Housing Works director Nellie Gorbea says affordable housing is unavailable to tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders.

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