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7:47 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

RIPR News
7:10 am
Wed June 15, 2011

AG wants casino regulation

PROVIDENCE, RI – If casino gambling ever comes to the Ocean State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to be in charge of policing it.

Kilmartin has introduced a bill that would create a "Division of Gaming Enforcement" within his office.

Its function would be to investigate gaming crimes and promote public safety at all state gaming venues.

The bill would also transfer regulatory oversight of all racing from the Department of Business Regulation to the Lottery Division.

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Local Features
7:06 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Chief Esserman says party crashers not linked to layoffs

Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman
Photo by: WRNI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman has been making headlines since news broke over the weekend that kids with alcohol crashed his daughter's graduation party.

He sat down and talked with WRNI's Catherine Welch about what happened that night.

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
4:41 am
Wed June 15, 2011

House closes door to budget session

House Democrats meet in closed door sessions to discuss a spending plan.
James Wyman

PROVIDENCE, RI – The House Finance Committee is expected to release its budget within the next few days, although there are still few details after a caucus yesterday.

House Democrats met for two hours behind closed doors at the State House. Finance Chairman Helio Melo repeated House leadership's support for fewer tax hikes than in Governor Lincoln Chafee's proposed budget. Representative Larry Valencia, a Richmond Democrat, says lawmakers then outlined their own views.

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RIPR News
2:13 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

FDA adopts new labeling rules for sunscreen

What sunscreen labels will look like under new standards.
Photo credit: FDA

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's adopting tougher standards for sunscreen labeling. It took the FDA 33 years to adopt the new regulations.


UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns, and UVA rays are the ones that cause wrinkles. Under new standards, sunscreen labels will be clear about protection for both kinds of rays.

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RIPR News
11:31 am
Tue June 14, 2011

RI economy slows down

PROVIDENCE, RI – The growth rate of Rhode Island's economy is slowing. That's according to the latest results of an economic index out of the University of Rhode Island. URI Economics professor Len Lardaro says challenges going forward include rising food and energy costs.

"Also Rhode Island's budget deficits, trying to handle our budget, and doing cutbacks has slowed us down, our pension woes, and that's just going to get worse going forward," says Lardaro.

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Local Features
11:27 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Review: Mixed Magic Theatre's Bessie Smith

Waiting for Bessie Smith
Credit: Mixed Magic Theater

PROVIDENCE, RI – It was quite a forced march for Mixed Magic Theatre as they strove to set up their new digs in an old mill on Pawtucket's Main Street.

After much work, the new space boasts soaring ceilings, wide open spaces and that edge of hope that comes with restoring Rhode Island's industrial past. And Mixed Magic has had the good sense to put in raked seating making for excellent sight lines.

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RIPR News
7:25 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Save the Bay hails Hess Corporation turnabout

PROVIDENCE, RI – Environmental groups see the Hess Corporation's decision to abandon its plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River as a victory.

John Torgan, Narragansett Bay Keeper with Save the Bay says the news comes as a relief.

"This is great news for everyone who loves Narragansett Bay," says Torgan. "This is a project that would have been damaging to the environment. We think it would also damaging to the economy and especially disruptive to everyone who uses the bay, commercial and recreational."

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Top Stories
7:23 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Guardian Angel

WRNI – By MADELINE VIDAL
It's natural for us to yearn for some sort of magical protection in the face of danger. For some it's a wish for a protective higher power; for others, it's for a more earthly guardian. Seventh-grader Madeline Vidal has learned firsthand what it feels like to have that dream come true.

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Top Stories
6:44 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Hess Corporation abandons plans for LNG

PROVIDENCE, RI – A stunning turnabout from the Hess Corporation.The oil giant says it is abandoning plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River.

For a project that generated so much noisy opposition in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the death of the Weaver's Cove LNG terminal came quietly.

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