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10:21 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Block and Fung Spar in Debate A Week Ahead of Primary

Block and Fung share a light moment before the debate
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block squared off Tuesday night during a televised debate. The skirmish sponsored by Channel 12 and the Providence Journal took place exactly one week before the statewide primary next Tuesday. 

After months of campaigning, the two Republicans found common ground on a few issues. But they made their appeal to voters through different messages and clashed on different parts of their platforms.

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9:40 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Fung, Block butt heads in televised GOP debate

In a joust that broke little new ground, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung hammered away at each other tonight in a WPRI-Channel 12-Providence Journal televised debate that came a week before their September 9 Republican gubernatorial showdown.

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Local Features
6:29 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Gratitude

We all know that life can overwhelm us at times, but it sure is nice when we can take a step back and feel grateful, truly appreciating what's good and rich in our lives.  The ancient Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero put it succinctly:  "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."  If we're really fortunate, we find times in our lives when we're able to stop and truly embrace profound moments and encounters that come our way, as has Daren Girard.

Daren Girard is an emergency physician at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, where he also serves as the Medical Director of Emergency Services.  Girard, his wife, and two children, Sophie and Teddy, live in North Kingstown.

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5:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Bob Kerr, we'll miss you

Bob Kerr, the Providence Journal’s eloquent everyman and the newspaper’s marquee columnist for more than two decades, has been laid off by the ProJo’s new owners, the New Media Investment Group.

Instead of letting him retire gracefully, the new owners fired the newspaper’s heart and soul  in a particularly callous manner  - in a personnel meeting that Kerr described as ``pretty cold and abrupt.’’

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Politics
3:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Elorza Gains Endorsement, Solomon Launches Attack Ad in PVD Mayor’s Race

Democratic candidate for mayor, Jorge Elorza, has received his first endorsement from a Providence city council member. Elorza is running against city council president Michael Solomon who has launched an ad critical of Elorza.

Councilman Bryan Principe represents the 13th Ward on Providence’s west side. His endorsement came during an event where Elorza outlined a public safety plan tied to community development and education.

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2:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Robitaille Backs Block; Fung Cites Support from Romney, Almond

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island’s 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate, John Robitaille, on Tuesday endorsed Ken Block, one of the two Republicans running for governor in the primary next Tuesday. The other Republican, Allan Fung, rolled out his own support from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Transportation
2:04 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

T.F. Green Airport To Offer Intercontinental Flights

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian (left) with Governor Lincoln Chafee at T.F. Green Airport.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

T.F. Green airport in Warwick is going international.

The airoport is partnering with the German Airline Condor to offer fights to and from Frankfurt.  This is the first intercontinental flight ever offered at the Warwick Airport.

Flights will be two days a week starting in 2015.  For the first year it will be a seasonal service, starting in June and lasting through about September.

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1:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Twenty-two Guild Layoffs At The Providence Journal Include Bob Kerr

Twenty-two members of the Providence Newspaper Guild were laid off Tuesday, as part of New Media Investment Group's acquisition of Rhode Island's statewide newspaper, including the Providence Journal's well-respected longtime metro columnist, Bob Kerr.

The cuts, which also include some separate non-Guild positions, were implemented by the ProJo ahead of the closing of New Media's purchase of the Journal. New Media Investment Group is the corporate parent of GateHouse Media.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Scoop GOP Endorsements

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has received an endorsement from Mitt Romney, while businessman Ken Block is expected to receive endorsement from RI Republican John Robitaille.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With the primary election just a week away, Republican Mitt Romney is throwing his support behind Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.  Romney says Fung has a strong record of financial reform in Cranston.

Republican John Robitaille is expected to endorse businessman Ken Block for Governor in the upcoming primary. Robitaille ran for Governor in 2010, losing narrowly to then-independent Lincoln Chafee.  Block also ran in that election, as a Moderate.  Robitaille is scheduled to make his endorsement at the Statehouse later today.

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RI News
8:27 am
Tue September 2, 2014

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Speak In Newport

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is scheduled to be in Rhode Island Wednesday.  He’ll be speaking at an event at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport.

Hagel will host a town hall style discussion on defense technology and industry during the ‘Defense Innovation Days’ at the war college.  This conference brings lawmakers and defense industry reps together to discuss changes and trends in the industry.  Rhode Island has long relied on the defense industry for jobs, currently, with several government contracts manufacturing submarines. 

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