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9:21 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Rhode Island prepares for cyber attacks

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Congressman Jim Langevin is delivering the keynote address Wednesday in Washington at a conference centered on cyber security. The Defense Department is hosting the event looking at how to develop a workforce trained to detect and prevent cyber attacks. Langevin is co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and has helped develop a team in Rhode Island that's preparing for possible cyber disruptions.

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RIPR News
8:32 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Rhode Islanders sue for overtime pay

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence attorney is suing the multi-billion dollar "Flextronics Corporation," alleging the Singapore-based company cheated three Rhode Islanders out of overtime pay. And the case could grow to encompass hundreds of workers.

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RIPR News
8:30 am
Wed October 12, 2011

New turbines for proposed Block Island wind farm

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new kind of wind turbine could make its U.S. debut in Block Island waters. Rhode Island company Deepwater Wind says the new models are more powerful, so it would need fewer of them. Deepwater wants to get started on construction of a 30-megawatt wind farm using these turbines as early as 2013, and later build a larger, 1000-megawatt wind farm nearby.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
11:20 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Courageous

RIPR – If we're blessed with good fortune, as we travel through life we become wiser and wiser as we learn from the people and the challenges we encounter along the way about things that matter - about the true meaning of friendship, for instance, or about what it means to really trust another person. And this sort of wisdom seems so very special when it comes out of the mouth of a 13-year-old, Lena Rich, who is already wise about what it means to be courageous.

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RIPR News
5:04 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Chafee skips conference for pension work

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee scrapped plans Tuesday to attend a National Governors Association meeting in Connecticut. The governor's office says the governor decided to work instead on a pension reform proposal.


Chafee and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo are expected to release their pension plan later this week or next week.


Chafee's office says the governor sees comprehensive pension overhaul as a key for returning Rhode Island to prosperity.

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RIPR News
4:50 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Disabled woman praying for her van's return

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Lincoln woman is praying that police find her handicapped-accessible van. The vehicle was stolen from her quiet dead-end street about a month ago.


Joan Malark , who can't walk, says it was equipped with a ramp that provided easy access for her wheelchair. Without it, she has had to miss a lot of events.


"I missed going to a special picnic. I'm missing Oktoberfest. I missed going to a friend's house for dinner. I missed special services," Malark says.

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Morning News Podcast
4:10 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – RIPR Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

RIPR News
3:13 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

URI Prof: Rhode Island economy stalling

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's economy is stalling. That's the finding of the latest economic index out of the University of Rhode Island.

URI Economics professor Len Lardaro says while the state's unemployment rate dropped in August, so did its labor force. Lardaro says Rhode Island has lost the momentum it gained at the beginning of the year. While Rhode Island isn't in a recession now, he worries that it could be in the future.

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RIPR News
2:48 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Lawsuit: RI workers cheated out of overtime pay

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence attorney is suing the multi-billion dollar "Flextronics Corporation," alleging the Singapore-based company cheated three Rhode Islanders out of overtime pay. And the case could grow to encompass hundreds of workers.

Until Verizon fired the Flextronics Corporation in June, Flextronics employees provided technical support at Verizon stores. A lawsuit filed in Federal District Court claims that three Flextronics supervisors were denied overtime pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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