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11:31 am
Tue June 14, 2011

RI economy slows down

PROVIDENCE, RI – The growth rate of Rhode Island's economy is slowing. That's according to the latest results of an economic index out of the University of Rhode Island. URI Economics professor Len Lardaro says challenges going forward include rising food and energy costs.

"Also Rhode Island's budget deficits, trying to handle our budget, and doing cutbacks has slowed us down, our pension woes, and that's just going to get worse going forward," says Lardaro.

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Local Features
11:27 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Review: Mixed Magic Theatre's Bessie Smith

Waiting for Bessie Smith
Credit: Mixed Magic Theater

PROVIDENCE, RI – It was quite a forced march for Mixed Magic Theatre as they strove to set up their new digs in an old mill on Pawtucket's Main Street.

After much work, the new space boasts soaring ceilings, wide open spaces and that edge of hope that comes with restoring Rhode Island's industrial past. And Mixed Magic has had the good sense to put in raked seating making for excellent sight lines.

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RIPR News
7:25 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Save the Bay hails Hess Corporation turnabout

PROVIDENCE, RI – Environmental groups see the Hess Corporation's decision to abandon its plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River as a victory.

John Torgan, Narragansett Bay Keeper with Save the Bay says the news comes as a relief.

"This is great news for everyone who loves Narragansett Bay," says Torgan. "This is a project that would have been damaging to the environment. We think it would also damaging to the economy and especially disruptive to everyone who uses the bay, commercial and recreational."

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Top Stories
7:23 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Guardian Angel

WRNI – By MADELINE VIDAL
It's natural for us to yearn for some sort of magical protection in the face of danger. For some it's a wish for a protective higher power; for others, it's for a more earthly guardian. Seventh-grader Madeline Vidal has learned firsthand what it feels like to have that dream come true.

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Top Stories
6:44 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Hess Corporation abandons plans for LNG

PROVIDENCE, RI – A stunning turnabout from the Hess Corporation.The oil giant says it is abandoning plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River.

For a project that generated so much noisy opposition in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the death of the Weaver's Cove LNG terminal came quietly.

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Local Features
3:16 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

No rest for the dead inside Roger Williams Park Mausoleum

The Roger Williams Park Mausoleum, where 527 human remains are trapped inside the condemned structure.
Photo by Bradley Campbell

PROVIDENCE, RI – When Gloria Villany-Holland was 6-years-old her father Benjamin Villany died of Tuberculosis. He had fought in World War One, in the expeditionary forces led by General John Pershing. And he attended the peace Treaty of Versailles. But he also volunteered for a military experiment with poison gasses.

After the war, he came home to raise a family. And while the gas experiments weakened him, Villany-Holland remembers her dad as her champion.

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Morning News Podcast
7:59 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, June 13, 2011.

RIPR News
6:51 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Chafee on historic tax credit: not now.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayors in some of Rhode Island's distressed cities say reactivating the state historic tax credit would bolster economic development. But Governor Lincoln Chafee says it's not the right time to renew the program.

The General Assembly is considering two bills to reactivate the tax credit program after it was suspended in 2008. Chafee says he likes that idea, but he finds fault with the timing.

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RIPR News
6:35 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Residents try to pay-off George Cohan's bust

PROVIDENCE, RI – A fundraiser was held in Providence to help pay off a sculpture of George M. Cohan. The bronze bust stands at the intersection of Governor and Wickenden Streets in Providence, just a few feet from where the famed Broadway showman was born.

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RIPR News
6:27 am
Mon June 13, 2011

A Stephen King short

EJ Meyers, the Providence man who has landed the filming rights to a Stephen King short story.

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence man has won the rights to produce a feature film based on a Stephen King short story.

E. J. Meyers, a 31 year old Providence man, has been sending screenplays to Hollywood producers for a few years. And now his first one has been picked up by none other than famed horror writer Stephen King.

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