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6:57 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Changes for RI presidential primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – The state House of Representative is scheduled to vote on legislation that would change key dates in Rhode Island's presidential primary calendar. The bill is to ensure that ballots from overseas voters can be counted.

The bill would move up the deadlines for candidates who announce their intention to run in Rhode Island's presidential primary.

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6:56 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Israel trade mission

Governor Lincoln Chafee says the trade mission with Israel will promote higher education research.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to lead a week-long trade mission to Israel in November to bolster economic development in Rhode Island.

The Chafee administration says the trade mission will be the first led by a governor since former governor Lincoln Almond. State economic development director Keith Stokes calls Israel a good destination since it overlaps with successful parts of Rhode Island's economy.

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RIPR News
5:03 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Artist Maya Lin taking on Newport project

Drawing of what the park will look like.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Maya Lin, the woman who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., has agreed to take on the re-design of Newport's Queen Anne Square.

Lin was in Newport Monday to discuss her plans for the property.

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4:38 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Riverside Park thriving in Olneyville

Students from William D'Abate Elementary School help with the garden.
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality toured Riverside Park in Providence Monday to highlight the importance of urban parks and recreation.

With the Atlantic Mills building in the backdrop, dignitaries toured Riverside Park that is tucked inside the Olneyville neighborhood.

A decade ago, it was a Brownfield site plagued with illegal dumping and crime. But now it's a thriving park that includes a playground, bike path and community garden.

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9:09 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Makna Men and Lindsay French

Manka Men and Lindsay French

PROVIDENCE, RI – Makna escaped Pol Pot's killing fields in Cambodia, gaining asylum in Providence. He talks to anthropologist and friend Lindsay about coming to Providence with his family, and remembers his first day at Central High School where another student spit on his head.

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RIPR News
8:44 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Remembering theater producer Tommy Brent

PROVIDENCE, RI – A legend in Rhode Island theater has passed away. Tommy Brent, who produced shows at Theatre by the Sea for more than 20 years, died last Saturday.

Brent is known for saving the theater twice - once from demolition in 1966 and again in 2007.

WRNI Theater Critic Bill Gale says Brent was crucial to keeping the theater alive.

"Theatre by the Sea, I feel, would not exist if Tommy hadn't been around," says Gale.

Tommy Brent was 88-years-old.

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8:03 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Day of Portugal honors 100-thousand RI residents

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Islanders of Portuguese heritage celebrated their culture with the 34th annual "Day of Portugal" parade and festival.

Monica Santos of Lincoln donned a colorful orange dancing costume for the Portugal Day parade and festival which started on Smith Hill and ended at the Bank of America skating rink. A first generation Portuguese American, she lives in a home where the language is still spoken.

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7:57 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Redistricting might help Cicilline

PROVIDENCE, RI – The redrawing of Rhode Island's political districts might offer an edge to Congressman David Cicilline in his reelection fight next year. It's part of the redistricting that happens every ten years.

Cicilline's first congressional district is poised to gain thousands of new voters because it has many fewer voters than the second district. Congressional districts are supposed to be roughly equal in population.

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7:17 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Lippitt fountain reopens

PROVIDENCE, RI – A public fountain that has been closed for nearly 30 years is back in operation this week.

Over the week-end Mayor Angel Taveras and other city officials celebrated the reopening of the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain at Lippitt Park on the city's east side.

The fountain was installed in 1940 to honor former Rhode Island U-S Senator Henry Anthony who served from 1859 to 1884.

After operating seasonally for decades the fountain was closed in 1982 because it didn't meet modern health codes.

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7:07 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Could high gas prices increase local tourism?

PROVIDENCE, RI – High gas prices could actually help the Rhode Island tourism industry this year.

With gas prices pushing $4 a gallon, people are looking for vacation destinations that don't require multiple fill-ups. That word from state tourism director Mark Broduer who says website traffic indicates strong interest from people in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

"It suggests people are staying close to home and they're looking to get out of the house," says Broduer.

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