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6:34 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Early stage of potential heat wave sets in

Providence, R.I. – You can put the umbrella away for a while. We're in the early stages of what looks like a five day heat wave.

Sunny and hot with highs in the 90s and lows in the upper 60s. That's the Rhode Island forecast through Thursday.

But National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson says it will be slightly less humid than previous heat waves this summer.

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RIPR News
4:02 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Paralyzed Veterans group seeks benefits changes

Providence, R.I. – The Paralyzed Veterans of America wants to speed up the way veterans collect benefits.

During the group's convention in Providence today, Deputy Executive Director Maurice Jordan said the PVA is pushing the Veteran's Administration to use a paperless process for health care claims.

"Instead of this antiquated, paper process, make it more seamless, so that veterans, or the people that are serving the veterans, can have access to their records," Jordan said.

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RIPR News
3:38 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Agreement made for Landmark Medical Center

Providence, RI – Landmark Medical Center and Caritas Christi Health Care met their latest deadline and submitted a signed purchase agreement Friday to a Superior Court judge.

A court-appointed special master has been running the financially troubled Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket for two years now. And Landmark has been exclusively negotiating with the Massachusetts-based Caritas Christi Health Care for nearly half that time.

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RIPR News
11:23 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Feds charge members of "developing gang"

Providence, R.I. – A man federal prosecutors say is the leader of a violent street gang has pleaded not guilty after being indicted on firearms charges and charges he conspired to distribute drugs.

Twenty eight-year-old John Polanco is allegedly the head of the local affiliate of the Trinitarios, which began a few decades ago in a New York prison. Prosecutors say they have FBI video of Polanco leading a meeting of the Trinitarios.

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Political Roundtable
10:27 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Race to the Top and more on this week's Roundtable

Lisa Pelosi, left, and Arlene Violet, center, are pictured during a taping of Political Roundtable. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – The impact of Race to the Top money. 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
9:25 am
Fri August 27, 2010

RI's first electric car charging station goes online

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's first public charging station for electric and hybrid vehicles goes officially online today. The charging station outside Cardi's Furniture Superstore in West Warwick is the first piece in an electric car infrastructure that advocates say is already outpacing the rest of New England.

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Morning News Podcast
8:36 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, August 27, 2010.

Political Roundtable
4:58 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Race to the Top and more on this week's Roundtable

Lisa Pelosi, left, and Arlen Violet, center, are pictured during a taping of Political Roundtable. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – The impact of Race to the Top money. 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
4:47 am
Fri August 27, 2010

RI home sales drop 34 percent

A real estate sign is seen in Providence's West End. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – Earlier this week, investors were shocked by news that there had been a 27 percent drop in the sale of single family homes in July. Now we're learning that in Rhode Island the collapse was even worse.

Rhode Island home sales fell 34 percent in July, seven percent more than the national decrease. But the median price increased eight percent because far fewer distressed properties are on the market.

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RIPR News
1:13 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Shark sightings inspire prankster

Somerset, Mass. – A practical joker in Somerset has taken advantage of recent shark sightings in the region.

Police say about 50 people were drawn to Fox Hill Cove on Wednesday night after someone reported seeing a shark fin in the water.

Police tell the Herald News of Fall River that several 911 calls came in to Somerset and Swansea police.

Responding officers soon realized that the ``shark'' was just a piece of Styrofoam cut into a fin shape, wrapped in gray duct tape and weighted down.

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