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4:56 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Sediment in Pawtuxet Cove blocking boaters

Providence, R.I. – Federal funding is on its way to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge Pawtuxet Cove. The $1.75 million will clear sediment that poured into the cove during last spring's floods.

The flooding pushed so much sediment down the Pawtuxet River that when it stopped at the mouth of the river it formed something like a speed bump. Corps of Engineers project manager Duban Montoya says that speed bump now forces commercial and recreation vessels to time their trips around the tides.

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RIPR News
4:49 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Organization says its exempt from campaign finance laws

Providence, R.I. – The National Organization for Marriage has filed a lawsuit asking to be exempt from state campaign finance laws.

The National Organization for Marriage, NOM, opposes same-sex unions. It wants to take out ads on behalf of Rhode Island candidates who agree. But it does not want to be considered a political action committee. That would require reporting expenditures and complying with spending limits.

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Economy
8:01 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Study finds potential for Tiverton wind farm

A wind turbine is pictured at New England Tech's Warwick campus. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

TIVERTON, R.I. – A new study says Tiverton's industrial park is the best place for a multitown wind farm.

The study by the East Bay Energy Consortium is scheduled to be presented to the town council on Monday.

The consortium was formed last year by the communities of Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Bristol, Warren, Barrington and East Providence.

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Top Stories
7:55 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Mass. drivers face texting ban

BOSTON – Massachusetts drivers who text while behind the wheel need to break the habit and fast.

This week, Massachusetts becomes the 30th state to introduce a texting ban as more states have cracked down on distracted driving.

s of Thursday, drivers who are caught texting will face fines ranging from $100 for a first offense and up to $500 for repeat offenses. The new law also prohibits scanning the Internet on a phone or mobile device while driving and bans anyone under 18 from talking on a cell phone while driving.

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RIPR News
7:54 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Political dynasties and elections

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In politics, the actions of a candidate's family members often become public issues. WRNI political analyst Scott Mackay looks at how this may affect Democratic state General Treasurer Frank Caprio's campaign for Governor.

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RIPR News
7:49 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Advocates look to restore AIDS funding in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the battle to whittle down Rhode Island's deficit, state lawmakers reduced from $ 2.4 million to zero the amount appropriated for HIV medical care and prevention.

On Sunday, about 200 people gathered at the Statehouse to protest the cut. Ken Fish, of AIDS Project Rhode Island, urged Governor Carcieri to restore the funding immediately.

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RIPR News
2:42 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

RI Free Clinic gets $100K grant

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Free Clinic is set to receive nearly $100,000 in federal grant money.

CEO Marie Ghazal says the funds will allow the clinic to take on 300 new patients.

The funds will go to "infrastructure support for us to provide the medical assistant care, nursing care, pharmacy, all of the other infrastructure clinic needs that we need to see the patients," Ghazal says.

She adds that the clinic has not been able to meet demand for free medical care, and has to see patients on a lottery basis.

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Political Roundtable
11:57 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Rogers drops out and more on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Republican Heidi Rogers' withdrawal from the race for lieutenant governor. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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Economy
11:05 am
Fri September 24, 2010

38 Studios signs lease in Providence

One Empire Plaza has been selected as the future home of 38 Studios. Photo by Simone Landon.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Curt Schilling's video game company, 38 studios, says it has signed a lease to move its headquarters to Empire Street in downtown Providence. The company is currently based in Maynard, Mass.

Governor Don Carcieri hails 38 studios' decision to move to one empire plaza. He says the state's investment in 38 studios will create 450 high-paying jobs, and attract other interactive and entertainment companies to Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
4:10 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Chafee slams Caprio for employee re-hire

Gubernatorial candidates Lincoln Chafee and Frank Caprio

Providence, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate and State Treasurer Frank Caprio is defending his re-hiring of a woman who was described as a quote "reign of terror" by an arbitrator.

The woman in question is Marion Solomon, niece of former State Treasurer Anthony Solomon. She was fired in 2005 for using foul and derogatory language to her co-workers. Caprio re-hired her when he took office in 2007.

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