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9:08 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Lawmakers call for Dan Gordon to resign

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox and other lawmakers are calling for the resignation of Representative Dan Gordon following revelations about Gordon's criminal record.

State police arrested Gordon over the weekend on a charge of operating a car with a suspended license. It was later revealed Gordon had served prison time in Massachusetts for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He also has a record of driving infractions in the Bay State.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Leidecker found guilty of cyber-stalking

Robert Mann (left) and John Leidecker talk with reporters after conviction of cyber-stalking.
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – The deputy executive director of one of the state's largest teachers' unions was convicted Monday of cyber-stalking a former state representative.

District Court Judge Stephen Isherwood rejected arguments that John Leidecker had exercised a constitutionally protected form of free speech. Isherwood said e-mails sent by Leidecker under a fictitious persona to former Bristol rep Douglas Gablinske were harassment.

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RIPR News
4:12 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

RI paying back loans for unemployment checks

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is on track to make the first interest payment on a federal loan to keep unemployment checks rolling. Over the last two years, the state's borrowed nearly $340 million.


For nearly three years, Rhode Island has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. So when the till ran dry back in March of 2009, the state borrowed from Uncle Sam to keep unemployment checks coming.

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RIPR News
3:46 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

RI killer makes national news

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Rhode Island man who served 12 years in prison for the murder of a college professor is making national news. But it's not because of his crime. It's because of where he is now.

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RIPR News
2:04 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Chafee establishes RI's health exchange

Providence, RI –
By MEGAN HALL

Rhode Island is one step closer to offering an online marketplace for health insurance. Today, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order creating the state's health insurance exchange.

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Local Features
11:44 am
Mon September 19, 2011

The future of offshore wind energy in Rhode Island

The Future of Offshore Wind Energy in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Community Forum: The Future of Offshore Wind Energy in RI

Moderated by Rhode Island Public Radio News Director Catherine Welch, the forum engaged experts and community leaders in a discussion about the impact of offshore wind energy on Rhode Island's economy, energy rates, and the environment.

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Morning News Podcast
8:30 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, September 19, 2011.

RIPR News
7:28 am
Mon September 19, 2011

State retirees react to pension ruling

PROVIDENCE, RI – The vice president of the largest group of state retirees is thrilled with last week's pension ruling. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter ruled that there is an "implied contract" between the state and the workers to whom it has promised pension benefits.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:25 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Approve the RI Dream Act

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the storm clouds gathering over Rhode Island's economic future is our poorly educated work force. Our state ranks near the bottom of New England in the number of college educated workers that employers need for the jobs of a new century.

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RIPR News
7:13 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Leidecker verdict expected today

PROVIDENCE, RI – A judge is scheduled today to issue a verdict in the case of a union worker accused of cyber-stalking a former state representative.

John Leidecker works for one of the state's largest teachers' unions, the National Education Association Rhode Island. Leidecker acknowledges using a fictional persona last year to send emails to then-state rep Douglas Gablinske of Bristol.

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