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6:42 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Congressional candidates meet at forum tonight in Newport

Providence, R.I. – Four Democrats and one Republican who hope to succeed Patrick Kennedy in Congress will meet in a candidates forum in Newport.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce and The Newport Daily News are co-sponsoring Monday evening's forum at the Community College of Rhode Island's Newport campus.

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RIPR News
6:37 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Former North Providence officials to be arraigned again

Providence, R.I. – Five people charged in a federal corruption investigation in North Providence will be in court this week.

Three former North Providence town council members accused of soliciting bribes are scheduled to be arraigned for a second time on Monday following the release of a new indictment last week charging them with additional extortion schemes.

Raymond Douglas III, Joseph Burchfield and John Zambarano have previously pleaded not guilty.

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RIPR News
2:24 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Chief Sachem interested in role at potential Lincoln casino

Speaking on WRNI?s Political Roundtable, Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he would be interested in approaching officials and playing a role in establishing full fledged casino gambling at Twin River.

Providence, R.I. – Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas is still hopeful about the tribe's chances of operating a casino in the Ocean State.

Thomas says he expects legislation to pass in Washington that would put the Narragansetts on a level playing field with other federally recognized tribes. He says that would set the stage for his tribe to work with state officials, and help Rhode Island keep pace with potential gambling expansion in Massachusetts.

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Morning News Podcast
8:41 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, August 20, 2010.

RIPR News
7:55 am
Fri August 20, 2010

RI unemployment rate dips slightly in July

Providence, R.I. – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped from 12 percent in June to 11.9 percent in July. It was the fifth straight month over month decrease and the lowest rate in a year.

The number of unemployed residents was also down. Just over 68,000 people are willing and able to work but unable to find jobs.

The hospitality industry led the way in hiring, adding 900 jobs in July. Manufacturing also had a good month, with an increase of 600 jobs.

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Local Features
6:19 am
Fri August 20, 2010

The legacy of I-95

WRNI file photo by James Wyman.

Providence, R.I. – When Route 95 and its highway arteries sliced through the heart of Providence in the 1950s and 60s, it separated the city's commercial center from its neighborhoods. But a lot of time and taxpayers did much to repair the damage done by Route 95.

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RIPR News
2:33 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

More suspects charged in North Providence bribery investigation

Providence, R.I. – Additional charges have been lodged against three former North Providence town councilmen accused of shaking down a developer. Meanwhile, two other men are now implicated in the scheme.

The original indictment charged former North Providence town councilors Joseph Burchfield, Raymond Douglas and John Zambarano with single counts of extortion and bribery. But a new indictment that takes its place adds conspiracy and increases the bribery and extortion counts.

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RIPR News
1:24 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Congressmen make move to block Fall River LNG terminal

Providence, R.I. – Local opponents are cheering an apparent final blow to plans to build a liquefied natural gas facility in Fall River.

Language added to a U.S. House bill by Massachusetts Congressmen Barney Frank and James McGovern would prevent an LNG terminal from being built within five miles of Fall River.

One opponent of the terminal, state Rep. Raymond Gallison of Bristol, says he hopes this marks the end of the project.

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Region
11:17 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Taking a summer dip...in a dumpster

Macro-Sea converted three dumpsters into mobile pools and set them up in the middle of the night on Park Ave in New York. Photo by Sarah Reynolds.

Providence, R.I. – Imagine barefoot people in bathing suits, lounging in hammocks by striped cabanas. But this isn't a scene from an exclusive beach resort. These pools sit at the foot of towering buildings on Park Avenue within sight of Grand Central Station.

On a recent Saturday morning, the street is shut off to cars, dozens of swimmers line up for a dip. Max Preston, wearing braces on his teeth and swimming trunks down to his knees, got in line with his mom at 6:30 in the morning.

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Morning News Podcast
8:13 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, August 19, 2010.

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