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5:00 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Cicilline cites regret about calling Providence's fiscal condition "excellent"

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –
In a new development, former Providence mayor David Cicilline says he regrets not doing more to highlight the city's financial problems before leaving office.

Cicilline has mostly blamed external factors, like the recession and state cuts in local aid, for the fiscal crisis inherited by his successor, Angel Taveras.

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RIPR News
4:51 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

RIDOT turning off highway lights

PROVIDENCE, RI – The state department of transportation is turning off more highway lights to save money on electrical costs.

The agency says timers which turn off the lights from midnight to five a-m have been installed on sections of six major thoroughfares including Route 99 in Cumberland and Lincoln, Route 138 in North Kingstown and Jamestown and Route 24 in Portsmouth and Tiverton.

The extinguished lights are expected to save half a million dollars a year.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Providence firefighters union says they understand the city's broke

Providence City Hall, where Mayor Angel Taveras first announced the city's financial woes back in March.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence firefighters union says it will sit down with the city Wednesday to continue negotiations. The city is looking for a 10 percent cut from the fire department. And if a deal isn't reached by Friday, the city says it will start looking to let go of 92 firefighters.

Paul Doughty, President of the Providence firefighters union, says firefighters want to do their part but they also want the city to factor in recent negotiations that saved Providence more than $2 million.

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RIPR News
3:48 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Cicilline & Langevin: Weiner shouldn't resign

Photo credit: US Capitol

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's two congressmen are weighing in on the Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman who after initial denials, admitted to sending a sexually explicit photo to a Seattle college student.

Others may call for Anthony Weiner to resign, but Rhode Island's two congressmen will not be among them. Congressman Jim Langevin, who was out greeting voters at a North Kingstown grocery store, calls Weiner's behavior "unfortunate" but stopped short of calling for his resignation.

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Local Features
3:17 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Providence teachers "speed date" for jobs

Teachers line-up in the gymnasium for potential work.
Photo by Elisabeth Harrison

PROVIDENCE, RI – Nearly 400 Providence teachers are hoping to find new jobs this week at a series of three job fairs. School officials describe it like speed dating for teachers. WRNI Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison followed elementary school teachers last night as they tried to make a match with a principal.

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Tue June 7, 2011

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RIPR News
6:57 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Changes for RI presidential primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – The state House of Representative is scheduled to vote on legislation that would change key dates in Rhode Island's presidential primary calendar. The bill is to ensure that ballots from overseas voters can be counted.

The bill would move up the deadlines for candidates who announce their intention to run in Rhode Island's presidential primary.

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Top Stories
6:56 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Israel trade mission

Governor Lincoln Chafee says the trade mission with Israel will promote higher education research.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to lead a week-long trade mission to Israel in November to bolster economic development in Rhode Island.

The Chafee administration says the trade mission will be the first led by a governor since former governor Lincoln Almond. State economic development director Keith Stokes calls Israel a good destination since it overlaps with successful parts of Rhode Island's economy.

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RIPR News
5:03 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Artist Maya Lin taking on Newport project

Drawing of what the park will look like.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Maya Lin, the woman who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., has agreed to take on the re-design of Newport's Queen Anne Square.

Lin was in Newport Monday to discuss her plans for the property.

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