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2:59 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Massachusetts looks to create last-minute jobs

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he wants to see the Legislature pass four bills that will help create jobs during the last week of the state's legislative session.

Patrick told reporters Monday that he hopes the Legislature sends him bills related to expanded gambling, health care costs, criminal records and capital for small businesses. He said all will stimulate job growth.

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RIPR News
2:56 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Average price of gasoline unchanged in RI

Providence, R.I. – A survey finds gas prices in RhodeIsland to be stabilizing as the summer moves along.

AAA Southern New England says the average price of self-serve regular is $2.73 per gallon, unchanged from last week and the previous week.

The Rhode Island average is a penny lower than the national average price of $2.74 per gallon.

AAA says its survey found prices in the state that ranged from as low as $2.57 to as high as $2.97 per gallon.

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Local Features
12:56 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

The RI governor's seat: Where we've been, where we're headed

Providence, R.I. – This fall, Rhode Islanders will elect a new governor to lead the state for the next four years. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay looks back at the history of the Rhode Island governorship.

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RIPR News
12:37 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Langevin to preside over House session

Providence, R.I. – Rep. Jim Langevin, a quadriplegic, will preside over the House for the first time, a milestone that coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Rhode Island Democrat will use a newly installed mechanical lift system on Monday to gain access to the speaker's rostrum. Langevin has used a wheelchair since being paralyzed in a shooting accident as a teenager. He was elected in 2000.

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Morning News Podcast
10:18 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Hear the daily morning podcast for Monday, July 26, 2010.

RIPR News
7:41 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Candidates raise concerns about proposed Schilling business deal

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's five main gubernatorial candidates say they have concerns about a proposal from the state Economic Development Corporation to offer a $75 million loan
guarantee to a game development company founded by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

The EDC is meeting Monday to discuss and likely vote on terms and conditions of a deal to bring 38 Studios from its current location in Maynard, Mass., to Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
7:36 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Bridge construction moving along ahead of schedule

Providence, R.I. – A state transportation official says construction of a Sakonnet River Bridge is a month ahead of schedule.

Lawrence K. Bailey, the Department of Transportation engineer in charge of the project, says construction is about 40 percent complete and work is moving along without snags.

The general contractor is a month ahead of schedule. If it continues with the pace, it can collect some of the $10,000-a-day incentive for early completion that is part of the $163.7-million contract.

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Morning News Podcast
9:39 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Hear the daily morning podcast for Friday, July 23, 2010.

RIPR News
6:19 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Federal prosecutors in RI want Urcioli to begin 3-year sentence

Providence, R.I. – Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island want a former hospital executive convicted of corruption to report to prison now that his appeal has been rejected.

Yesterday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the fraud and conspiracy convictions of Robert Urciuoli, the former president and CEO of Roger Williams
Medical Center. Urciuoli was convicted of paying off a state senator for political favors.

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Political Roundtable
6:12 am
Fri July 23, 2010

The Central Falls takeover and more on Roundtable

WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay, left, and special guest, Susan Heroux, an activist with Queer Action of Rhode Island. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – A state-appointed receiver takes control in Central Falls. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Joining us as usual is University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley, and WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay. Our special guest is Susan Heroux, an activist with Queer Action of Rhode Island. She also blogs about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

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