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Morning News Podcast
8:47 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, June 17, 2011.

RIPR News
8:34 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Providence raises parking meter rates

PROVIDENCE, RI – The city of Providence is raising parking meter rates.

Effective July 5th, it will cost $1.25 an hour or 25 cents for every 12 minutes.

This is the first increase in eight years.

The increase matches one approved earlier this year by the city of Boston.

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RIPR News
8:33 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Waste to energy?

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox has appointed a legislative study commission to consider the creation of a waste-to-energy facility in Rhode Island.

The commission is supposed to study the economic and environmental impacts of a waste-to-energy plant that would turn compost, food waste, and sewer sludge into energy.

Environmental advocates have been generally skeptical about the merits of waste-to-energy in Rhode Island.

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Political Roundtable
8:23 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Political Roundtable- June 17, 2011

The state capital. Where a House budget was finalized behind closed doors.
WRNI File Photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Get ready for the budget, and multiple pensions. That's part of the conversation this week with our Special guest: State Democratic Party Chairman Edwin Pacheco.

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Top Stories
8:11 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Unemployment rate remains level

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's slow but steady decline in the unemployment rate came to a stop in May.

After five months of declines, Rhode Island's unemployment rate stalled in May, registering 10.9 percent - the same as April. That's almost two percent higher than the national unemployment rate and down just 8/10ths of one percent from a year ago.

University of Rhode Island economics professor Leonard Lardaro says an untrained labor force is a key factor in the unemployment crisis.

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Top Stories
11:35 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Meet RI's first online high school graduate

Danial McNulty: proving the internet is not just about Facebook.
Photo by Elisabeth Harrison

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thousands of high school seniors are receiving diplomas across the Rhode Island this month, including 375 in Woonsocket. That ceremony will include the state's first online high school graduate. I met with Daniel McNulty, the first student in Rhode Island to do all of his high school coursework on the internet.

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Morning News Podcast
8:52 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, June 16, 2011.

RIPR News
8:24 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Are prisoner re-entry programs worth the effort?

PROVIDENCE, RI – US Attorney Peter Neronha is trying to raise awareness about the value of prisoner re-entry programs.

At a ceremony in Providence U-S attorney Peter Neronha, joined by several police chiefs, presented awards to the operators of prisoner re-entry programs. These programs are vital to the welfare of the newly freed inmate and the community, Neronha says.

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Top Stories
7:35 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Almond on spending cuts

Former Governor Lincoln Almond says he would emphasize spending cuts if he were still in office.
Photo by James Wyman

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Governor Lincoln Almond - who celebrates his 75th birthday today (Thursday) - says he would emphasize spending cuts if he were still in office.

The Republican governor served from 1995 to 2003. If he was still in office, Almond says he would have started his budget with spending cuts and no tax increases.

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RIPR News
6:36 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Susan Lusi steps in as temporary school head

PROVIDENCE, RI – Susan Lusi will take over the Providence Schools when Superintendent Tom Brady steps down next month. Lusi is currently the superintendent of the Portsmouth School Department but announced her intention to retire earlier this year.


Providence officials say she is familiar with their school district, having served as chief of staff from 2001-2003.

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