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7:08 am
Thu August 12, 2010

RI to receive millions in federal housing aid

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is receiving nearly $14 million in federal aid to prevent home foreclosures.

The funds were announced yesterday by the Obama administration and by the state's two U.S. senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

The money is part of $3 billion in housing aid that the government is giving states with persistently high unemployment rates and to a new program being run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The funds aren't expected to be available until the fall.

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RIPR News
3:03 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Traffic flowing across Pontiac Ave. bridge

Providence, RI – Traffic is flowing across the Pontiac Avenue Bridge in Cranston for the first time in about a month.


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation's Charles St. Martin says the bridge reopened at noon on Wednesday. Crews had been repairing damage done to the bridge during the March floods.


Some other repairs were made as well, so Rhode Island DOT is lifting a ten ton weight limit and allowing buses and trucks to use the bridge again, St. Martin says.

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RIPR News
2:27 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Gemma rolls out jobs plan

Democratic candidate Anthony Gemma's bus waits as he stumps in Pawtucket. Photo by Catherine Welch

Providence, RI – Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, Anthony Gemma unvield his plan Wednesday to turn Rhode Island into a healthcare industry leader. At the event in Pawtucket, Gemma pledged to create 10,000 jobs in five years

With Slater Mill in the background, Gemma told the group of mostly reporters and supporters that if elected to Congress he would focus on turning Rhode Island into the nation's wellness capital.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
11:22 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Hospice

Rhode Island – Often our instinct is to think of death as dark, macabre, even sinister. After all, death means loss and saying goodbye to the most precious people in our lives. But as Ed Martin notes, being intimately involved as a loved one departs from life as we know it can be a privilege as well, one that enriches our lives in ways we might not have imagined.

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Morning News Podcast
7:52 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

RIPR News
7:21 am
Wed August 11, 2010

RI lawmakers will not reconvene on casino issue

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers say they will not come back to the State House to override Governor Carcieri's veto of a ballot question asking voters to authorize full scale casino gambling at Twin River and Newport Grand. The deadline for submitting statewide ballot questions came and went yesterday.

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RIPR News
7:20 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Whitehouse optimistic about McConnell nomination

Providence, R.I. – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he's confident President Barack Obama will resubmit a stalled judicial nomination for the federal court in Rhode Island.

Whitehouse also says he's optimistic that Jack McConnell will ultimately win Senate approval. McConnell was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the full Senate adjourned without taking up the nomination.

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RIPR News
7:12 am
Wed August 11, 2010

National Grid, Deepwater Wind deal gets green light

Providence, RI – A divided Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission has approved a power-purchase agreement between National Grid and Deepwater Wind.

The approval is a key step for Deepwater's plan to build an eight-turbine wind farm off Block Island.

Commissioner Mary Bray was the lone dissenting vote on three of four conditions for approval. The increased price for electricity in the agreement - slightly more than 24 cents per kilowatt-hour - will hurt business, Bray says.

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Local Features
6:39 am
Wed August 11, 2010

RI development director defends Schilling deal

State Economic Development Director Keith Stokes is pictured during an interview with WRNI's Bob Seay. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – Video games are far from child's play anymore. In Rhode Island, they're part of what some call a high stakes game aimed at bolstering a sector of the economy and generating well paying jobs. Last month the state Economic Development Corporation approved a $75 million loan guarantee to a video game development company founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

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RIPR News
8:38 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Interviews to begin for RI Family Court chief justice

Providence, R.I. – Interviews begin today for a new chief justice to lead the Rhode Island Family Court. Several groups have recently criticized the court and its outgoing chief justice Jeremiah Jeremiah.

Jeremiah is the target of an ACLU lawsuit that alleges the court's truancy program violates due process rights for children and families. A report released earlier this year by the Coalition Against Domestic Violence also criticized the court.

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