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8:07 am
Tue July 19, 2011

RI single family home sales improve

PROVIDENCE, RI – Single family homes sales improved from May to June but still lag behind a year ago.

Both sales and prices of single family homes rose from May to June but are down from a year ago.

According to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, sales were up 16 percent month to month but down 22 percent from June 2010.

The median price rose two percent for the month to $215,000 which is two percent lower than a year ago.

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RIPR News
7:31 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Pension panel meets for second time

PROVIDENCE, RI – An advisory panel meant to help solve Rhode Island's pension crisis held its second meeting. But there's little consensus on the best way forward.

Rhode Island faces a seven billion dollar hole to pay its long-term pension obligations to state employees and teachers. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says retirees will need to accept cuts to wipe out that debt.

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Economy
5:52 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Central Falls receiver rolls out pension changes

Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. explains changes to pensions and benefits.
Photo by Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – It's now up to Central Falls retirees and workers to decide whether they will accept changes to their pensions and benefits. Those changes include a haircut for everyone who retired before turning 60-years-old.

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RIPR News
6:00 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Commission recomends home for health exchange

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is one step closer to creating an online market place for health insurance.

The Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission is recommending that a state agency take on the task of designing the state's health insurance exchange.

Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Koller says that's closest to what Rhode Island tried to do with legislation that failed to pass the General Assembly.

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RIPR News
3:50 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Fox: Central Falls failed to show us a plan

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox says lawmakers refused to give Central Falls financial help because the city lacked a plan on how it would spend the money.

Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders asked the general assembly for millions of dollars to help fill budget gaps and keep it from falling into bankruptcy. But lawmakers refused to budget in the cash.

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RIPR News
3:17 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Boy who died at Boy Scout camp identified

PROVIDENCE, RI – Hopkinton Police have released the name of the ten-year-old boy who died at a Boy Scout camp in Hopkinton Saturday. He was Patrick Hannon of Huntington, New York.

The cause of death is still under investigation but is not considered suspicious.


Dennis Preston, a spokesman for the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts, says the victim's troop left Camp Yagoog Saturday, one day earlier than planned.

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RIPR News
1:10 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

RI officials talk plan b for health exchange

Providence, RI – State officials are meeting today to discuss a plan for creating Rhode Island's online marketplace for health insurance.

Legislation to create a planning group for the health insurance exchange failed in the General Assembly this year, so now the state is looking at using an executive order from the governor to accomplish the same thing.

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RIPR News
9:42 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Greig's twin sister speaks out

PROVIDENCE, RI – So you thought you knew everything there was to know about the Whitey Bulger case? Well, here's a little known tidbit: his girlfriend, Catherine Greig has a twin sister. She's speaking out.

Greig's twin sister, Margaret McClusker, has offered her South Boston home as collateral for the former fugitive's bail, according to a report in the Boston Herald. After 16 years apart, she's hoping the two will be reunited and enjoy what she called the "oneness" they once enjoyed.

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Morning News Podcast
8:26 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News podcast for Monday, July 18th, 2011.

RIPR News
7:22 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Vandalism forces Pawtucket to close city parks

PROVIDENCE, RI – The city of Pawtucket is taking a tough love approach to issues of vandalism and littering at city parks.

Visitors to the basketball court on Pawtucket's Cleveland Street are finding the gate padlocked. A sign says the park is closed due to vandalism and excessive litter.'

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