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9:09 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

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8:32 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Public hearings begin on bus service cuts

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public hearings on the proposed budget cuts by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) are scheduled to begin at Newport city hall.

RIPTA says the cuts are caused by a loss of revenue from the state gas tax combined with rising fuel costs. The proposed cuts affect 35 communities and 39 bus routes. Other proposed changes are to end service at 10 pm instead of midnight, and eliminate service on holidays.

Many frequent bus riders say they are upset and frustrated with the proposed cuts.

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RIPR News
6:57 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Loughlin says he has GOP support

PROVIDENCE, RI – Republican congressional candidate John Loughlin is claiming support from most of the GOP city and town chairs in the First Congressional District.

Loughlin lagged behind fellow Republican Brendan Doherty in second quarter fundraising. But Loughlin's campaign says a vast majority of the first district's GOP city and town chairs are sponsoring his September 25th fundraiser in East Providence.

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RIPR News
6:08 am
Tue July 26, 2011

13 post offices considered for closure in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Postal Service is looking into closing 13 post offices across Rhode Island. It's part of a larger plan to restructure where people go for mail service.

The Postal Service is looking at closing 3,653 locations across the country, with 13 of them in Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
3:45 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

RI National Guard mourns boating death of soldier

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island National Guard is calling the death of a guard member a tragic loss.


Charles Panek was boating with his brother in the Merrimack River when decided to take a swim, dove into the water, and never resurfaced.

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RIPR News
12:03 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Disability feedback forums begin this week

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Rhode Islanders with disabilities and their families will have a chance to give the state some feedback at a series of public feedback forums starting Monday.

For Rhode Islanders with disabilities, even the simplest tasks can be difficult. How do you get into a taxi with an electronic wheel chair? What's the safest way for blind residents to cross the street in this era of super quiet hybrid cars?

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Local Features
11:52 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Neglect continues at Grace Cemetery

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RIPR News
11:34 am
Mon July 25, 2011

RI theater community remembers Tommy Brent

PROVIDENCE, RI – A musical tribute to the late Theatre-by-the-Sea producer Tommy Brent is sold out for Monday night.

Brent was producer and manager of Theatre-by-the-Sea from 1967 to 1988. The theatre operates in an old barn in South Kingstown and is one of the last surviving summer stock operations in New England.

WRNI theatre critic Bill Gale says Brent literally saved Theatre-by-the-Sea for generations of Rhode Islanders.

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RIPR News
9:13 am
Mon July 25, 2011

I (Heart) Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – At the height of summer in Rhode Island, WRNI Political Analyst Scott Mackay says it's time to count our blessings and take stock of the good things about our cozy corner of New England.

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RIPR News
8:18 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Fox supports legislative hiring reform

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox says he supports reforming the hiring process for legislative employees.

A good government group wants the legislature to adopt an employee classification system with specified job functions and compensation. Fox says he's receptive to considering the concept, possibly during next year's legislative session.

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