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7:32 am
Fri July 1, 2011

General Assembly adjourns for the summer

The General Assembly is out for the summer.

PROVIDENCE, RI – In the waning hours of the legislative session, the General Assembly passed a host of new legislation. Some of the new measures could change the way we vote.

The first bill would require voters to present identification to cast a ballot in a general, primary or special election. Acceptable ID include, but are not limited to, a driver's license, a passport or a social security card.

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Political Roundtable
7:18 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Political Roundtable - July 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Senate approves civil unions and a budget. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable, with special guest Brian Newberry, the Republican House Minority Leader.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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RIPR News
10:56 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Nurse negotiations continue

PROVIDENCE, RI – The contract between Rhode Island hospital and its nurses union expires today. WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall reports the negotiations are still ongoing.

It might take all day to hammer out an agreement between the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union and Rhode Island Hospital.

But union members are still optimistic they can reach a deal- they've scheduled a meeting on Friday to vote on the yet unresolved contract.

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Local Features
8:51 am
Thu June 30, 2011

ArtScape; Summer Reading

Young Adults Librarian Aaron Coutu
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – What are you reading this summer? That's the question for this month's Artscape.

Aaron Coutu is the Young Adults Librarian for the Greenville Library. Here are some of his picks:

Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open
By John Feinstein
For 6th - 9th grade boys

Birthmarked Trilogy
By Caragh O'Brien
For 8th grade and older

Hush Hush
By Becca Fitzpatrick
For 7th grade and older.

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Morning News Podcast
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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