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4:34 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Luring computer-savvy kids into high tech jobs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin is meeting with Rhode Island high school students Monday launching the High School Cyber Challenge.


Langevin says his work on the House Armed Services Committee has enlightened him to the lack of cyber security specialists in the U.S.

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RIPR News
1:12 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Elizabeth Roberts leaves political Siberia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island lieutenant governor Elizabeth Roberts has been in political Siberia for much of the past four years. Now, a new governor is bringing her intro the State House fold.

The profile of Democrat Roberts that emerged in her first term was one of a female Rodney Dangerfield : she didn't get much respect from Republican Governor Don Carcieri or the mostly male cast that prevailed in the Democratic Party until the November election.

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RIPR News
8:02 am
Mon December 20, 2010

America's Cup update today

Photo courtesy of Daniel Forster.

Providence, RI – The Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Keith Stokes, will provide updates today about the progress of talks involving the location of the American's Cup sailing regatta.

BMW Oracle Racing, winner of last year's America's Cup, will decide the venue of the next race. A representative of the team will be present at today's meeting in North Smithfield.

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RIPR News
7:46 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Messages of condolence for Joseph Fernandez

Providence, RI – President Obama, friend and former classmate of Fernandez at Harvard Law School, says he is "shocked and saddened" by Fernandez's death.

Brown University President Ruth Simmons calls Fernandez a beloved member of the Brown community, and Mayor David Cicilline says Fernandez played a major role in reforming Providence city government.

Joseph Fernandez died unexpectedly Saturday after an illness at age 46.

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RIPR News
4:59 pm
Sun December 19, 2010

Langevin: tax bill a tough vote

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Sunday morning talk shows are buzzing about the huge tax bill President Barack Obama signed into law.

It extends tax cuts for the rich and provides billions of dollars in help for the middle class and jobless workers.


The President has been defending the bill as a good deal for the American people. A sentiment echoed by Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, who says his vote supporting the package was a tough one.

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RIPR News
3:26 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Watchdog and media groups concerned about crime reporting policy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Watchdog and media groups are urging the Rhode Island State Police to revise its procedures on what crime information is made public.

Their main concerns are that only arrest reports will be made public, blocking police logs and incident reports. And a suspect's employer would also be off-limits.

Scott Pickering is president of the Rhode Island Press Association. He says there are times when employment is relevant, and points to the school teacher who was charged with drinking and driving at 7:00 am.

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Morning News Podcast
9:09 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 17, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, December 17, 2010.

Political Roundtable
6:45 am
Fri December 17, 2010

John Robitaille appears on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Reaction to Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee's cabinet picks, and what's next for John Robitaille. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.

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
6:28 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Chafee meets with team on America's Cup location

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A spokesman for Rhode Island Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee says Chafee and representatives of the Golden Gate Yacht Club all agree that Newport is the "natural home for the America's Cup."


Chafee met privately Thursday with team representatives and with Keith Stokes, head of the state's Economic Development Corp.

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RIPR News
6:24 am
Fri December 17, 2010

RI jobless rate up for first time since Dec. 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate ticked up slightly last month. The uptick marks the first increase in the state's jobless rate since last December.

According to the state Department of Labor and training, unemployment went from 11.4 percent in October to 11.6 percent in November. That's still nearly a full percentage point behind last November, when the state's jobless rate stood at 12.5 percent.

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