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8:17 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Hasbro sales and marketing division moves to Providence

Governor Lincoln Chafee welcomes Hasbro's Sales and Marketing Division to Providence.
Photo by Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Hasbro has announced plans to move its sales and marketing division into a Providence building formerly occupied by Blue Cross/Blue Shield. It also plans to hire nearly 300 workers.

With state leaders and a giant Mr. Potato Head standing at his side, Hasbro chief executive officer Brian Goldner announced that the company has leased the former Blue Cross/Blue Shield building across from the Dunkin Donuts Center.

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8:16 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Refrigerator art pops up across Providence

To promote its program of recycling old refrigerators, National Grid teamed-up with the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism to place art exhibits of refrigerators across Providence.
Photo by Nancy Lavin.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and National Grid are launching a new recycling campaign with refrigerator art in Kennedy Plaza.

To promote its program of recycling old refrigerators, National Grid teamed-up with the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism to place art exhibits of refrigerators across the city.

Lynne McCormack, Director of the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, says National Grid's goals for the campaign are important to the city of Providence.

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Morning News Podcast
8:13 am
Tue July 19, 2011

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RIPR News
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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