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8:58 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Lawyers debate where alleged killer will be tried

Providence, RI – Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers will face off in a Boston courtroom today over the issue of where accused killer Jason Pleau will be tried. His lawyers want the case heard in a Rhode Island court, where the worst punishment he faces is life in prison. If prosecuted by the federal government, Pleau faces a potential death sentence.

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Economy
8:30 am
Thu July 28, 2011

State leaders prepare for possible loss of federal funds

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is reviewing the state's options should Congress fail to reach a deal and raise the nation's debt limit. Without raising the debt ceiling, Rhode Island could see some of its federal funding disappear, affecting programs like food stamps and Medicaid. Chafee says Congress must reach an agreement, as Rhode Island, along with the rest of the nation, cannot afford anything that would impede its economic recovery.

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Morning News Podcast
8:16 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, July 28, 2011.

RIPR News
3:19 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

RI gets its fire training academy

PROVIDENCE, RI – Fire officials from around the state gathered in Exeter Wednesday to dedicate the state's new fire training academy.

The classroom building has yet to be constructed but the most needed component - a four story steel training tower - is ready for use by the next generation of firefighters.


State Fire Marshal Jack Chartier says the Rhode Island Fire Academy has lacked proper training facilities since it was founded in the 1980's.

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RIPR News
2:51 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

More path to bike in South County

PROVIDENCE, RI – The newest stretch of the William C. O'Neill Bike Path is now open.

This nearly a mile stretch of the so-called South County Bike Path runs from Kingston Station in West Kingston to Route 108 in Wakefield.

The path includes an option for cyclists to bypass heavy traffic on their way to the shore in Narragansett. And it offers a lit tunnel under Route 1 in Wakefield. The plan is to fill the walls of the 94-foot long tunnel with murals painted by the public.

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Story Corps
9:17 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Amy and Susan Pettine

Amy and Susan Pettine

PROVIDENCE, RI – Susan tells her daughter Amy about meeting Amy's father when she was a teenager, and lying about her age.

Morning News Podcast
9:06 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

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8:50 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Proposed cuts to bus service unpopular

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is considering a seven percent service cut.
WRNI file photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Don't cut our service. That was the resounding message as the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) opened a round of public hearings on a proposed seven percent service cut.

The bus agency says it needs the service reductions to close a $4.6 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that started July 1st.

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RIPR News
8:42 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Conservative think tank dissolves

PROVIDENCE, RI – A four-year-old conservative think tank is dissolving after an internal dispute over the group's direction.

The Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI) was formed to challenge what its founder called a surplus of liberal groups in Rhode Island. OSPRI's board got rid of its founder, William Felkner. The group's executive director, Michael Stenhouse, says the board had conflicting views about how to be effective.

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Politics
8:36 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Romney in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Local Democrats and Republicans are trading fire over GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's appearance at a Newport fundraiser, where former governor Don Carcieri was among the hosts.

For $250, supporters can attend the fundraiser. Add another zero and the tab for a private reception with Romney is $2500. State GOP chairman Ken McKay says it's too early for him to endorse a candidate, but he likes what he sees in Romney.

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