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NPR WORLD
7:50 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Cutting off Pakistani safe havens key to Afghan fight

A U.S. soldier at a border immigration center takes an eye scan of an Afghan man. That information is entered into a database and cross-checked with an insurgent watch list. Rachel Martin/NPR.
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NPR NATIONAL
7:42 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Military trials for terrorism suspects no slam-dunk

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NPR NATIONAL
7:39 am
Fri November 19, 2010

The reinvention pf Calif.'s new and former governor

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NPR NATIONAL
7:35 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Arizona budget cuts put organ transplants at risk

Randy Shepherd, 36, shown with his wife, Tiffany, was authorized by an Arizona state agency to receive a heart transplant. But now, because of budget cuts, the agency says it's unable to pay for the procedure. Ted Robbins/NPR.
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RIPR News
7:06 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Blue Cross requests 8% rate increase

Providence, RI – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island is requesting another rate increase for people who buy their own insurance.

Blue Cross is asking for an average rate increase of 8 percent for members who don't have employer sponsored insurance. The rate changes would affect more than 14,500 Rhode Islanders.

The request must be approved by Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Koller who won't make a decision until next year.

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RIPR News
6:59 am
Fri November 19, 2010

RI unemployment rate decreases in October

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly in October.

Rhode Island's October unemployment rate was 11.4 percent, a decrease of one tenth of a percent from the September rate. It was the eighth consecutive monthly decline and the lowest rate since July 2009.

The number of unemployed residents now stands at 65,300. Over the year the number of jobless residents has decreased by almost 5,000 - the largest yearly decline in 15 years.

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Top Stories
6:53 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Death penalty a possibility in Woonsocket bank shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Federal charges which could bring the death penalty have been lodged against two men accused of killing a Woonsocket filling station manager.


David Main was robbed and shot at close range back in September as he approached a Woonsocket bank to deposit the day's receipts.

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Political Roundtable
6:47 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Ken Block sits in on this week's Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri's judicial legacy, and the future of the Moderate Party. 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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RIPR News
4:13 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Lawmakers fail to pass unemployment extension

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin says he's disappointed that lawmakers failed to pass legislation to extend jobless benefits through the holidays.


The bill would have given long-term unemployed benefits through the end of February and extending federal funding to states to help them pay for costs associated with unemployment benefits.

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RIPR News
3:39 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Living on less

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The percentage of Americans living at or below the poverty line is the highest in 15 years.


In Rhode Island, 133,000 people are scraping by, living on the poverty line. Debbie Nealy of South Providence is one of them. She's trying to raise two children on $15,000 a year.

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