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7:20 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Scott MacKay: Get out and vote

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tomorrow is primary election day. Seven-hundred thousand Rhode Islanders are eligible to cast ballots. But how many of us will take the time to go to the polls? WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts for those who believe their votes don't count.

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RIPR News
7:03 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Traffic fatalities increase in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is on the wrong side of a national trend when it comes to traffic fatalities.

In 2009, the United States posted its lowest traffic fatality rate since 1950, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Highway deaths were down nearly 10 percent to roughly 34,000.

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RIPR News
6:56 am
Mon September 13, 2010

RI primaries tomorrow

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures are expected Tuesday, which eliminates lousy weather as a reason to keep voters from the polls.

The four-way Democratic race in the 1st Congressional District is one marquee battle. Voters will also choose the Republican gubernatorial candidate for November, and the Democratic candidates for attorney general, lieutenant governor, and mayor of Providence.

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RIPR News
6:19 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Dropping water levels to help the fish

Providence, R.I. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is lowering water levels at the Turner Reservoir Dam so construction crews can start building a passage for fish.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will take about three weeks to lower water levels at the dam by 42-inches.

Once lowered, construction can begin on fish passage facilities along the lower Ten Mile River at Omega Pond Dam, Hunts Mill Dam and Turner Reservoir Dam.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
1:49 pm
Sun September 12, 2010

Walk on Earth

Providence, RI – Every caring parent has the same intense fear: That unanticipated, and definitely unwanted, phone call from one's child that's saturated with bad news. We know it can happen, of course, yet it's virtually impossible to prepare for the dreaded call. Robert Waxler knows this all too well.

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RIPR News
6:05 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Mayor launches design competition for pedestrian bridge

Providence, R.I. – The Providence Mayor's Office and Rhode Island Department of Transportation have announced a design competition to build a new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River.

The proposed bridge would replace the old I-195 highway bridge, which is scheduled for demolition next year. According to Mayor Cicilline, the bridge will be a landmark for Providence and for the region.

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RIPR News
4:15 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Medical marijuana applicants must start over

Providence, R.I. – After months of reviewing 15 applications for running Rhode Island's first medical marijuana retail stores, the Department of Health is throwing them all out and starting over.

Health officials say the applications either failed to meet technical requirements or didn't meet minimum scoring requirements.

Health Department Director Dr. David Gifford says he received eight formal complaints from lawyers representing some of the medical marijuana store applicants. That's when he realized there was a problem.

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RIPR News
1:19 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

First wave of National Guard soliders deploy

Providence, R.I. –
280 Rhode Island National Guard soldiers will deploy to Kuwait over the next few days. They will provide logistic support in Kuwait and security for convoys traveling into northern Iraq during their year-long deployment.


The Rhode Island National Guard's Lt. Col. Denis Riel says by next June 800 soldiers will be deployed to the Middle East.


"In total we'll have about 47 percent of our Army National Guard assets serving in either Kuwait or Afghanistan," Riel says.

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RIPR News
12:15 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Naval War College holds 9/11 memorial

Providence, R.I. – The Naval War College is holding a memorial ceremony Friday to remember those who died on 9/11. Three war college students and seven alumni died in the 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Hijackers flew an American Airlines plane into the western side of the Pentagon killing everyone on board and 125 people inside the building. The ceremony will be held at the Naval War College's 9/11 Memorial, which includes a piece of shattered limestone that was part of the Pentagon.

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RIPR News
10:58 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Study: RI to create 153,000 jobs

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island will create 153,000 job openings by 2018 and 61 percent of them will require at least some post-secondary training. That's according to a new labor market study by the Georgetown University Center on Education in the workforce.

The findings will be published Friday in the New England Journal of Higher Education. They present a mixed picture for Rhode Island.

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