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7:59 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for June 30, 2011.

RIPR News
6:50 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Senate approves budget plan

PROVIDENCE, RI – On a 30-to-7 vote, the state Senate yesterday approved a seven-point-seven billion dollar budget for the fiscal year that begins Friday.

Senators call the budget a big improvement over Governor Lincoln Chafee's plan since it relies far less on new tax revenue. Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte says he was still given pause by cuts to programs for the poor and disabled.

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RIPR News
6:41 am
Thu June 30, 2011

RI passes civil union bill

PROVIDENCE, RI – On a 21-to-16 vote, the state Senate yesterday (Wednesday) approved a civil union bill for same-sex couples.

Two liberal senators, Rhoda Perry and Donna Nesselbush, say the bill is discriminatory and they joined the mostly social conservative lawmakers voting against it. Others, including Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, call civil unions a compromise that will confer new rights for same-sex couples.

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RIPR News
4:41 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Cyberbullying and election bills heads to Chafee

PROVIDENCE, RI – A pair of bills is heading to Governor Lincoln Chafee's desk: one combats cyberbullying, the other requires the polls to close an hour earlier.

The cyberbullying bill gives schools clear guidelines on how to respond to students who claim they're being bullied through email, text message or social media. The legislation also tells schools exactly how to notify parents of cyber-bullying, and it bans students from logging on to social networking sights during school hours.

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Morning News Podcast
10:40 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

RIPR News
9:29 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Gov. Chafee pardons last man executed in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee has pardoned John Gordon - the last person executed by the state of Rhode Island. His hanging in 1845 led to the abolition of the death penalty less than a decade later.

The signing ceremony was held in the old State House, the same building where the trial was held. Governor Chafee told the group of assembled lawmakers, attorneys and historians that the pardon was "long overdue."

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RIPR News
8:10 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Channel 10 workers outraged about CEO compensation

PROVIDENCE, RI – Workers at Channel 10 say they're outraged about how the CEO of their parent company received a big increase in his compensation last year.

Channel 10's parent company, Virginia-based Media General, recently told company employees they have to take 15 unpaid days off between now and year's end.

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Top Stories
7:32 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Does race still impact Providence elections?

Angel Taveras is Providence?s first Latino mayor.

PROVIDENCE, RI – When Angel Taveras was running to become Providence's first Latino mayor, Brown University Professor Marion Orr wondered how a city that traditionally elected Irish and Italians to the office would react to having a different ethnic group represented in city hall. So he conducted a survey with a graduate researcher to try and figure out how race played a role in the race.

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RIPR News
7:14 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Central Falls tries to save its library

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Central Falls library board is launching a fundraising drive to re- open it. That, according to Central Falls city councilman James Diossa who is asking the receiver running the city to find another way to stave off bankruptcy. But as things stand right now the library is scheduled to shut its doors Friday.

The Central Falls library is only taking books back now.

No check-outs because of its closure Friday after serving this city for 101 years.

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RIPR News
7:12 am
Wed June 29, 2011

RI could join Northeast presidential primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island may become the fourth state in a Northeast regional presidential primary.

The state Senate will vote on a bill that would move Rhode Island's presidential primary from March 6th to April 24th.

That would have Rhode Island voters going to the polls the same day as voters in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.

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