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6:29 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Input sought for ban on Sakonnet River

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Coast Guard has scheduled a meeting for next week on whether part of the Sakonnet River should be closed to boat traffic.


The state wants to keep boats from the area around the new Sakonnet River Bridge so crews can build large piers in the middle of the river. This would block boat traffic for most of September. The Coast Guard wants to hear how it would impact boaters and nearby businesses.

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RIPR News
4:33 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Jobless rate flat in July

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's unemployment rate remained stuck at 10.8 percent in July. That's the same as it was in June and well above the national jobless rate of 9.1 percent.

Just over 61,000 Rhode Islanders are available for and actively seeking work.

The manufacturing sector reported the greatest number of job gains, adding 1,300 people to the workforce. Growth was also reported in professional services, health care, construction and government.

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RIPR News
12:24 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

RI looking at hydropower along Blackstone River

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee's in Nova Scotia Canada Friday touring a hydroelectric facility on the Churchill River. On a much smaller scale, Rhode Island is looking at developing hydropower along the Blackstone River.

The Conservation Law Foundation submitted a report to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation last December, exploring the feasibility of generating hydropower at five existing dams along the Blackstone River.

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Politics
6:07 am
Fri August 19, 2011

City Councilor Miguel Luna dead at 53

City Councilman Miguel Luna
Photo taken from Luna's profile at ProvidenceRI.com

PROVIDENCE,RI – Providence city councilor Miguel Luna died Thursday after suffering a recent heart attack.

Luna was a native of the Dominican Republic who first won election to the City council in 2002. His campaign motto at the time was that he would be a voice for the whole community.

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RIPR News
6:03 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Rhode Island team to compete in Little League World Series

PROVIDENCE, RI – Cumberland's Little League team is set to compete Friday afternoon at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Cumberland is representing New England during a 3pm game against a team from Huntington, Beach California.

Speaking from Pennsylvania, Cumberland Youth Baseball League President Scott Schmitt says the Rhode Island players are ecstatic. And he likes their chances.

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Political Roundtable
5:53 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Political Roundtable: August 19th, 2011

Providence's Economic Development Director Jim Bennett

PROVIDENCE, RI – By IAN DONNIS
A tax protest in Warwick, and the inside view on economic development in Providence. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

Joining host WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis this week is University of Rhode Island political scientist professor Maureen Moakley, WPRI.com reporter Ted Nesi, and Providence's newly named Director of Economic Development Jim Bennett.

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RIPR News
5:37 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Providence econ development director prioritizes investments

PROVIDENCE, RI – By IAN DONNIS
The capital city's new economic development director says he should be judged by how much new investment he brings to Providence.

The fiscal crisis inherited by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has raised the possibility of layoffs in different city departments.

Considering his 150-thousand dollar annual salary, the city's new economic development director, Jim Bennett, says he should be evaluated by the same yardstick he used with his own three startup businesses.

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RIPR News
6:04 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Cicilline: funding for RI rail improvements in jeopardy

PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman David Cicilline has joined a group of lawmakers urging Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to secure funding for improvements along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. This includes $28 million for rail improvements in Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
4:04 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Median home price declines

PROVIDENCE, RI – The median price of single family homes continues to decline in Rhode Island. The state Association of Realtors says the median price is now $210,000 - down $17 thousand from a year ago and equal to what it was in June 2009.

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RIPR News
2:52 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Anti-abortion group opposes executive order for health insurance marketplace

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

A local anti-abortion group is gearing up for a legal fight over how Rhode Island establishes its online marketplace for health insurance.


Rhode Island Right to Life has hired a lawyer to examine whether it's legal to for the governor to use an executive order to create a health insurance exchange. Executive director Barth Bracy says the governor's action would allow for the use of public subsidies to pay for abortions.

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