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7:34 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Massport wants out of lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Massachusetts Port of Authority is asking to be released from a lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of a Newton man who died in the 9-11 attacks.

The lawsuit was filed by Mary Bavis on behalf of her son, Mark, a 31 year old hockey scout who was killed when United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center's south tower.

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RIPR News
1:54 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

RI obesity rates rising

Providence, RI – Rhode Islanders are following a nationwide trend- they're getting fatter.

According to a new report, more than 24 percent of people in the Ocean State are obese. That's nearly double the percentage of severely overweight Rhode Islanders 15 years ago.

But compared to the rest of the country, that's not bad. Rhode Island still ranks as the 10th least obese state in nation, behind Connecticut in third place and Massachusetts in fourth.

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RIPR News
9:34 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Accused racketeer to plead guilty

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U-S Attorney's office has secured guilty pleas in two high profile cases.

One involves a Citizens Bank branch manager who has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling more than 140-thousand dollars.

Thirty-three year old Janeth Blandon of Lincoln faces up to 30 years in prison but in exchange for her guilty plea the government has agreed to recommend the lowest sentence possible under federal sentencing guidelines.

The other case involves mobster Thomas Iafrate.

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Morning News Podcast
9:06 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for July 7, 2011.

Politics
8:25 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Civil unions receive tepid interest in first days

PROVIDENCE, RI – It's been five days since Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a law making civil unions legal in Rhode Island, but as of Wednesday morning only three people had requested civil union license applications statewide.The interested parties were in Burrillville, Smithfield and Newport.

The lack of interest stands in stark contrast to the experience of Vermont which in 2000 became the first state in the nation to allow any type of same sex unions.

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RIPR News
8:14 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Special interests could creep into special session

The legislature could take up more issues than pensions during a special session this fall.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's pension crisis is the intended focus of a special legislative session this fall. But other issues could also become part of the mix.

Teachers unions are hopeful that a binding arbitration bill defeated last month will be reconsidered during the legislative session this fall.

That's just one example of how different interest groups are expected to press the General Assembly to consider their top issues.

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Top Stories
7:46 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Tom Brady bids farewell

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Providence Public School system steps down at the end of next week. I sat down with Superintendent Tom Brady to look back on his three-year tenure. He says his biggest accomplishments include efforts to make classrooms more consistent across the state's largest school district and a new curriculum designed to match Rhode Island standards for English, Math and Science.

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Morning News Podcast
9:31 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

RIPR News
9:01 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Mystic Aquarium sends pilot whale tissue to lab

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Mystic Aquarium says it has sent tissue from stranded whales off to a pathologist to determine the cause of death.

The aquarium's stranding coordinator Janelle Schuh says the necropsy didn't turn up anything unusual and there were no signs that they were caught up in fishing lines.

Schuh says they were pilot whales, an adult female about 15-feet long and a male juvenile about 9-feet long.

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Top Stories
8:33 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Providence close to closing budget deficit

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he's optimistic the city will succeed in closing its current 110 million dollar deficit.

Providence has already closed most of the deficit, in part through contract concessions from firefighters, police, and other city employees. More help came from a bill allowing Providence to shift some retiree healthcare costs to Medicare. All this has Taveras feeling encouraged.

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