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6:04 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

T.F. Green clears FAA hurdle

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
T.F. Green Airport is one step closer to expanding its runway. On Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration released its final report on the proposed construction project.

Kevin Dillon with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation says he's never seen the FAA issue a positive environmental impact statement or EIS report without eventually approving of the project.

"So, we are fully anticipating a positive record of decision based on what we see in this final EIS document," he says.

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RIPR News
2:40 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Health care in RI's budget

Providence, RI –
By MEGAN HALL

On Wednesday, the Rhode Island Senate is set to vote on the state's budget for fiscal year 2012.

WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall reports on some of the items related to medical care in Rhode Island.

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The Pench.
12:29 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

The Pench: a podcast

PROVIDENCE, RI – WRNI presents its entire, in-depth look at Rhode Island's state pension crisis.

The Pench: a podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Top Stories
11:09 am
Tue June 28, 2011

The Pench: a WRNI News series.

The Pench: it's serious.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The amount we owe to current state workers is so big it could hit every taxpayer in the wallet, bankrupt the state and ruin any chance of crawling out of this recession.

WRNI took an in-depth look at the Rhode Island State pension crisis. We talked with the two men in charge of the state pension fund, a teacher worried about her future checks, retirees living longer than expected, and a state treasurer searching for a solution.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:08 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Swan Story

WRNI – Nature has a stunning capacity to teach us about ourselves -- about life's remarkable cycles and our very own ability to nurture, cope with life's inevitable challenges, and recover from trauma. Indeed, nature is a skilled, compelling instructor. Michael Fink tells us how some of his most cherished beliefs traveled to him by way of some of Rhode Island's well known winged creatures.

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Morning News Podcast
8:59 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Wednesday, June 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, June 28, 2011.

RIPR News
7:22 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Fourth of July travel expected to decrease

PROVIDENCE, RI – Despite declining gas prices, AAA Southern New England is projecting a drop in 4th of July travel this year.

The auto club says high fuel costs will cause an eight percent decrease in holiday travel among people who earn $50,000 a year or less.

By contrast, travel among people who earn $100,000 or more is expected to increase by 9 percent.

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RIPR News
7:18 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Corvese amendment could impact civil union bill

PROVIDENCE, RI – Fourteen state representatives are expressing concern about an amendment they say would have an overly restrictive impact on civil unions in Rhode Island.

The advocacy group Marriage Equality Rhode Island, MERI, says an amendment introduced by North Providence rep Arthur Corvese is overly broad. MERI says the amendment would prevent a civil union partner from making medical decisions for a spouse being treated at a religiously affiliated hospital.

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6:08 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Chafee refuses to turn over accused killer

PROVIDENCE, RI – Eight groups are praising Governor Lincoln Chafee for refusing to turn over an accused killer to the federal government for prosecution.

Chafee turned down a request last week to hand over Jason Pleau who is charged with robbing and killing a Woonsocket gas station manager.

The governor says he could not in good conscience subject a Rhode Islander to the death penalty.

Capital punishment was abolished in Rhode Island in 1852 but is allowed by the federal government.

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5:59 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Central Falls closes its library

PROVIDENCE, RI – The cash-strapped city of Central Falls is laying off a dozen employees and closing its library and community center.

The layoffs of 12 Central Falls employees was prompted by the continued deterioration of city finances, state receiver Robert Flanders Jr. said in a statement.

He says the library and the Ralph Holden Community Center will be shut down due to their poor physical conditions and the lack of funds to make repairs.

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