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8:44 am
Fri July 29, 2011

State officials prepare for possible default on debt crisis

Providence, RI – State lawmakers are trying to determine the impact of a default if Congress fails to reach an agreement to raise the nations' debt limit by next Tuesday's deadline.

Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chafee Administration Jamia McDonald says the Governor is hopeful that Congress will reach an agreement, but the state is taking steps in case that doesn't happen.

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Morning News Podcast
8:08 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

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RIPR News
2:24 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

CF receiver says announcement Monday, pleas for more time

PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls retirees have sent a letter to receiver Robert Flanders Jr. seeking more time to decide on proposed pension cuts. They're also asking Flanders for the documents supporting his request.

The letter says as a group, retired police and firefighters feel that it is unfair that Central Falls gave them five days notice to use a simple ballot to decide on cuts that could chop some pensions in half.

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RIPR News
1:39 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Henry Shelton honored for law that keeps the heat on

Henry Shelton and legislative leaders look on as Gov. Chafee signs the bill.
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee and legislative leaders honored lifelong advocate Henry Shelton Thursday morning with a ceremonial signing of a law carrying his name.


The Henry Shelton Act creates a state fund to help low-income residents pay their heating and lighting bills and pay off debt.

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Local Features
1:13 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Artscape: Dance companies flock to Newport

Deanna Beasome and Michael Waldrop in Pasadena Dance Theatre?s Nebula, choreographed by Laurence Blake
Photo by: Thomas Palmer

PROVIDENCE, RI – A wealth of dance is on in Newport this week. Companies from as close as New York City and as far away as Pasadena, California perform at Island Moving Company's first - and possibly annual -- Great Friends Dance Festival. But there's more than a one-time dance event.

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RIPR News
1:12 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

New bridge dedicated to 9/11 victims

PROVIDENCE, RI – A newly replaced bridge connecting Attleboro and Pawtucket was dedicated Wednesday in memory of a couple who died in the 9/11 attacks.

"God bless America" shouted a man as a red, white and blue ribbon was snipped on the new Shawn Nassaney/Lynn Goodchild Memorial Bridge, formerly known as the County Street Bridge in Attleboro.

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RIPR News
8:58 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Lawyers debate where alleged killer will be tried

Providence, RI – Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers will face off in a Boston courtroom today over the issue of where accused killer Jason Pleau will be tried. His lawyers want the case heard in a Rhode Island court, where the worst punishment he faces is life in prison. If prosecuted by the federal government, Pleau faces a potential death sentence.

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Economy
8:30 am
Thu July 28, 2011

State leaders prepare for possible loss of federal funds

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is reviewing the state's options should Congress fail to reach a deal and raise the nation's debt limit. Without raising the debt ceiling, Rhode Island could see some of its federal funding disappear, affecting programs like food stamps and Medicaid. Chafee says Congress must reach an agreement, as Rhode Island, along with the rest of the nation, cannot afford anything that would impede its economic recovery.

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Morning News Podcast
8:16 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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RIPR News
3:19 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

RI gets its fire training academy

PROVIDENCE, RI – Fire officials from around the state gathered in Exeter Wednesday to dedicate the state's new fire training academy.

The classroom building has yet to be constructed but the most needed component - a four story steel training tower - is ready for use by the next generation of firefighters.


State Fire Marshal Jack Chartier says the Rhode Island Fire Academy has lacked proper training facilities since it was founded in the 1980's.

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