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8:24 am
Thu August 25, 2011

RI to install reflectors on highway curves

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is making it easier for drivers to navigate the road at night.

RIDOT's putting reflectors along the edges of major highways and along curves and exits to help guide drivers at night.

The reflectors are going on top of small posts and concrete barriers to reflect light from vehicle headlights.

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7:07 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Toray Plastics to expand operations

PROVIDENCE, RI – An $11.5 million expansion by Toray Plastics will add 28 new jobs at its Quonset Point facility.

The expansion comes on the heels of a vote by the state Economic Development Corporation for a $1 million grant for the Japanese company.

Much of the Toray expansion will go to buying new equipment at its manufacturing facility. The expansion project is expected to be completed next year.

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RIPR News
6:59 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Special meeting before special session

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island lawmakers will gather for a rare September meeting in preparation for a special session on pension reform slated for October. Legislative leaders have called all members to a September 6th pension briefing at the Renaissance Providence Hotel. Members of the House and Senate budget committees will meet three more times in September on the pension issue and potential solutions. Recent estimates put Rhode Island's unfunded pension liability at roughly $7 billion.

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RIPR News
6:55 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Ciresi gets extra week of freedom

PROVIDENCE, RI – A North Providence attorney who's been sentenced to more than five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme has been granted a six-day reprieve in reporting to prison. Robert Ciresi asked for a 30-day postponement to the start of his sentence but federal prosecutors granted only six days. That pushes his reporting date back to September 6th. Ciresi is also appealing the conviction to a federal appeals court in Boston.

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Top Stories
6:33 am
Thu August 25, 2011

RI: More than half the state still without power

PROVIDENCE, RI – Stay off the roads if you can. That's the plea from state officials worried about the combination of heavy traffic and down traffic lights. Hundreds of signals are out across the state.

Governor Lincoln Chafee reminds drivers to treat a down signal like a four way stop intersection. "Yield to your right as you come into these intersections with no traffic signal, it tends that people want to keep going, keep going then you have the accident."

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4:26 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

August Artscape: public artist Brower Hatcher

Brower Hatcher's \"Wellspring\" and \"Oculus\" in Council Bluffs, IA
Photo by Mike Whye

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Local Features
1:12 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

RI celebrates one year of Race to the Top

PROVIDENCE, RI – It's been exactly one year today since Rhode Island won a $75 million Race to the Top grant. State education officials are using the federal funding to overhaul curriculum, teacher evaluations and data systems throughout the state.

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says so far roughly $1.6 million has been spent, with that number expected to more than double by the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30th.

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9:26 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Google fined $500 million for online drugs

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Attorney's office in the smallest state in the country has secured one of the largest financial settlements in American history. Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says Google has agreed to pay a $500 million settlement for allowing pharmacies claiming to be Canadian to advertise prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. Neronha says prescription drugs cannot be sold to Americans without FDA approval.

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Morning News Podcast
8:55 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

RIPR News
7:18 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Possible passage underneath Sakonnet River Bridge

PROVIDENCE, RI – The public is invited to weigh in on a plan to give boaters some passage around construction of the Sakonnet River Bridge. The plan is a compromise between boaters who want access to the river and construction workers worried about boater safety.

The plan calls for a temporary channel on the west side of the river for boaters to navigate around bridge construction. The channel would be open for an hour, twice a day, based on the tides.

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