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7:20 am
Mon January 24, 2011

City begins to repair potholes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Arctic cold notwithstanding, the city of Providence says its maintenance crews will begin repairing potholes today.


Mayoral spokeswoman Melissa Withers says the city has received 25 to 30 reports of potholes but there are surely hundreds more.


They're caused, she says, by a freeze-thaw pattern and by snow storms.


"Plowing is tough on the streets," she says. "If there's any surface irregularity, the plow will catch that and dig in and make a pot hole."

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RIPR News
7:17 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Frigid temperatures move into RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dangerously cold weather has moved into New England and it's going to hang around for a couple of days.


It was January, 2005 when Rhode Island last saw temperatures below zero. And with the wind, it feels even colder, says National Weather Service meteorologist Eleanor Talbot.

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Economy
7:02 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Chafee to EDC- focus on the basics

Governor Lincoln Chafee, center, is pictured with EDC head Keith Stokes, left. Photo by Megan Hall.

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee ushered in a new philosophy for bringing jobs to the Ocean State as he chaired his first meeting of the state's Economic Development Corporation yesterday.

Chafee says like any business or sports team that's in trouble, Rhode Island needs to focus on the basics and away from bigger projects like the EDC's $75 million loan to video game developer 38 Studios.

"The football analogy would be, you block and tackle before you do the Hail Mary and the Statue of Liberty play," he says.

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7:35 am
Fri January 21, 2011

2 RI men charged in FBI mob bust

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two Rhode Island men are among 127 people arrested in what the FBI is calling one of the largest crackdowns on organized crime in U.S. history.


The suspects are reputed New England crime boss Luigi Manocchio, who has homes in Providence and Florida and Thomas Iafrate of Johnston. They're accused of shaking down strip clubs for protection.


U.S. attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha says the arrest strikes a blow to organized crime in New England.

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RIPR News
7:32 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Real estate figures improve slightly in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island real estate picture improved slightly in December.


The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says its December sales report shows the single family market is gaining some momentum.


The number of single family home sales rose from 505 in November to 529 in December. During the same time period the median price rose half a percent to $210,000.

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RIPR News
7:29 am
Fri January 21, 2011

RI unemployment rate drops slightly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged slightly lower in December. Rhode Island's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month was 11.5 percent. That's a decrease of one tenth of a percentage point from the November rate.


According to the state department of Labor and Training the number of unemployed Rhode Islanders fell to an even 66,000.


Employment gains were reported in six sectors. The largest occurred in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector, which added 500 jobs.

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7:25 am
Fri January 21, 2011

More snow, sloppy road conditions

Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Forecasters say Rhode Island could be in for a messy commute this morning.

National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell says today's winter storm will be less severe than the one earlier this week, but snowfall could come down at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour during the morning hours.

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6:54 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Audit: North Providence schools over budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – North Providence school officials have some answering to do after an audit shows they ran $825,000 over budget last year.


Dick Fossa, Chief of Staff for North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, says town officials want to know why they didn't learn of the shortfall sooner.

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RIPR News
6:51 am
Thu January 20, 2011

RI history inspires new play

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The last person executed in Rhode Island was John Gordon, a 19th century Irish immigrant. He was hanged in Providence for a crime he almost surely did not commit. And therein lies quite a tale, one told in a new play that opened last weekend at the Park Theatre in Cranston. Bill Gale took a look.

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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Economy
6:44 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Heating oil hits 2-year high in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The cost of home heating oil has reached a two year high in Rhode Island. According to the state Office of Energy Resources, the average price is now $3.32 a gallon.


The high price of home heating oil in Rhode Island is leading people to do desperate things, according to Maggie Rogers of the George Wiley Center.

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