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5:24 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Whitehouse bill aims to curb bogus military gear

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has introduced legislation hiking penalties to those who sell counterfeit gear and electronics to the military.

A recent study by the Government Accountability Office finds counterfeit aircraft and computer parts are seeping their way into the military supply chain. Whitehouse said incidents of counterfeit computer chips tripled between 2005 and 2008.

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RIPR News
5:11 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

State deficit pegged at $4.7M

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Better than expected state revenues have left Rhode Island facing a budget deficit of just under five million dollars.

Figures released by the state budget office project general state revenue to be about $18 million more than expected when the current budget was enacted.

This will leave Rhode Island with a $4.7 million deficit when the fiscal year ends next June 30.

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Local Features
10:16 am
Tue November 16, 2010

A night for public access to shine

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – About 60 people sip coffee and eat pie and cake in the cafeteria at Hasbro's corporate headquarters in Pawtucket. Two large video screens stand on either side of a wooden podium where the master of ceremonies for the night-Jerry Gibbons appears.

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NPR WORLD
7:41 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Southern Sudan voters mull independence bid

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NPR WORLD
7:38 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Taliban-allied group widens influence in Pakistan

Red flags mark the graves of Shiites who were killed in the sectarian strife that has gnawed at Kurram Agency. Some 3,000 people have been killed over the past three years, and thousands more have been displaced. Abdul Sattar/NPR
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NPR NATIONAL
7:26 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Rebel or compromiser: which Boehner will be speaker?

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NPR NATIONAL
7:21 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Yuengling, oldest U.S. beer maker, eyes expansion

Photo by Scott Gilbert for NPR.
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NPR NATIONAL
7:14 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Life on the sidelines: the long-term unemployed

RIPR News
6:46 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Chafee picks Democratic veteran as department head

Lincoln Chafee is pictured at left, Richard Licht at right. Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee on Monday selected a Democratic veteran of Rhode Island politics to lead the state Department of Administration.

Lawyer Richard Licht will head a department that functions as the nerve center of state government. He says his experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, and elected official doesn't contradict Chafee's pledge to run a different kind of government. Rather, Licht says, Chafee should be applauded for reaching across the partisan aisle.

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Economy
2:47 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

Wind power summit convenes in Providence

A wind turbine is pictured at NE Tech in Warwick. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Northeast Offshore Wind Summit is being held in Providence Monday and Tuesday. Regional developers and policymakers are reviewing the energy potential of wind power as well as the necessity of training a workforce for the new wind industry.

While the conference has focused on offshore wind projects such as the wind farm on Block Island, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Government Affairs Director Fred Hashway says on-shore special area management projects are important too.

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