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3:06 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Rhode Island honors veterans

Providence, R.I. – The state honored Prisoners of War and soldiers Missing in Action as part of National POW/MIA Remembrance Day.

Veterans and their families met at the State House to share their experiences.

Jackie Walton's father, Sergeant First Class Lewis Clark Walton, went missing in action in 1971 during the Vietnam War. She says that while her family had trouble getting help from the federal government, Rhode Islanders never abandoned her.

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Political Roundtable
1:17 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Caprio catches flak and Taveras wins big on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Frank Caprio catches flak, and Taveras wins big in Providence. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.

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RIPR News
12:05 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Reed and Whitehouse support Jobs and Credit Act

Providence, R.I. – US Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed met with community bank representatives Friday to talk about the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says the bill will create jobs by helping small banks. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act gives $30 billion in loans to community banks.

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Morning News Podcast
10:37 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

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

RIPR News
10:18 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Igor churns up seas along RI coast

Providence, R.I. – Although Hurricane Igor is churning far off the eastern U.S. coast, it's bringing rough seas along the Rhode Island coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for Friday and Saturday. Meteorologist Charlie Foley says expect seas of 7 to 10 feet with swells of 5 to 7 feet. The high surf creates dangerous conditions for beach goers, says Foley.

"So I think it's a common sense approach when you have these very rough seas, don't get too close," he says.

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RIPR News
8:01 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Number of uninsured in RI at highest point in over a decade

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – About 124,000 Rhode islanders went without health insurance last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. It's the Ocean State's highest number of uninsured residents in more than a decade.

Rhode Island's number of uninsured residents increased by about three thousand people from 2008 to 2009. That's almost double the number of people without health insurance a decade ago.

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RIPR News
7:55 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Brown report finds "immigrant paradox" in education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Immigrant children in the United States are more likely to do well in school and less likely to engage in crime and drug use than their American-born peers. That according to a new report from researchers at Brown University called The Immigrant Paradox.

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RIPR News
6:55 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Census data shows rise in RI poverty rate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's poverty rate rose from 10 percent of the population to nearly 13 percent in two years, according to preliminary Census data.

That means 133,000 Rhode Islanders are living in poverty, which is defined as an annual income of $22,000 for a family of four or 11-thousand for an individual. No other New England state experienced such a large increase.

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RIPR News
6:52 am
Fri September 17, 2010

RI unemployment rate dips for sixth straight month

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate dipped from 11.9 percent in July to 11.8 percent in August. It was the sixth consecutive month over month decline but still more than two percent higher than the national jobless rate.

Full employment is considered to be about five percent. Bryant University economics professor Edinaldo Tebaldi says that's a long way off.

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RIPR News
3:11 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Bush tax cuts become issue in RI congressional race

Republican candidate John Loghlin is seen during his news conference on Wednesday. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The candidates in the 1st Congressional District staked out their stances on the Bush tax cuts on Wednesday.

Republican John Loughlin held a news conference outside the state Division of Taxation to express his opposition to all tax increases. He calls for extending the so-called Bush tax cuts due to expire next year.

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