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2:51 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Newport Jazz Festival lands another sponsor

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Newport Jazz Festival has landed another presenting sponsor for this summer's event. Natixis Global Asset Management joins Rhode Island jewelry maker Alex & Ani.


Natixis has offices in Boston and Paris.

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Political Roundtable
12:38 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Political Roundtable- May 6th, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Political Roundtable for May 6th, 2011.

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RIPR News
12:27 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Top baby names for Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI –

The most popular baby names in Rhode Island last year were Logan for boys and Isabella for girls.

Also popular for boys were: Michael, Alexander and Jayden.

For girls the top five includes Sophia, Olivia, Ava and Emma.

The list was complied by the Social Security Administration.

Nationwide, the most popular baby names last year were Jacob and Isabella.

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RIPR News
12:19 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Blue Cross request 10.5% rate increase

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Rhode Island employers with Blue Cross Blue Shield would see a double digit rate increase under a new request by the health insurance company.

Blue Cross is asking the state's Health Insurance Commissioner for an average rate increase of 10.5 percent for both small and large employers in Rhode Island.

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Morning News Podcast
9:03 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

RIPR News
8:44 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Opponents line-up to challenge Cicilline

PROVIDENCE, RI – David Cicilline's Republican congressional opponent from last year, John Loughlin, plans to take another run against the Democrat.

Loughlin, a lieutenant colonel in the Army, is getting ready to leave this month for a military deployment to Iraq before his scheduled return in December.

The former GOP state rep from Tiverton says that will leave more than adequate time to challenge Cicilline.

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Top Stories
8:33 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Civil union legislation moves forward

PROVIDENCE, RI – The House Judiciary Committee is slated to consider a bill legalizing civil unions between same-sex couples.

The civil union bill enjoys the stated support of House Speaker Gordon Fox, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, and Governor Lincoln Chafee.

But the advocacy group Marriage Equality Rhode Island is still pushing for same-sex marriage. Ray Sullivan is that group's campaign director.

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RIPR News
8:22 am
Wed May 11, 2011

RI Education Commissioner upsets Diane Ravitch

PROVIDENCE, RI –

The state Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education upsets a national expert on educational policy.

In blog post on Education Week, New York University Professor and author, Diane Ravitch, writes that during a meeting with Deborah Gist and Governor Lincoln Chafee, Gist interrupted her whenever she spoke, and dominated the limited time she had with the governor.

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RIPR News
7:34 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Central Falls receiver says bankruptcy an option

Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. at a Senate Finance hearing.
Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Central Falls receiver says time is the city's biggest enemy as it tries to avoid bankruptcy.

Receiver Robert Flanders Jr. called bankruptcy the option of last resort, and merging with neighboring Pawtucket as the best solution for Central Falls.

The city is looking at a ledger showing it will run out of cash for its police and fire pensions by October. Flanders says the city is going to need either cash from the state or concessions from the unions

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One Square Mile: Woonsocket
5:57 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Woonsocket Community Forum

Woonsocket Community Forum

Woonsocket, RI – Scott MacKay leads a discussion on issues facing Woonsocket.

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