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1:07 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

RI congressional hopefuls discuss stimulus, wars

Providence, R.I. – Candidates vying to replace Rep. Patrick Kennedy in the U.S. House of Representatives shared their views on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, energy policy and federal stimulus money during a forum at a senior citizens' residence on Thursday.

Several of the candidates decried what they said was the overwhelming influence of special interests in Washington. They expressed concerns that government was not doing enough for average citizens and said they feared an exodus of young adults from the state because of a lack of jobs.

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RIPR News
1:03 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Providence mayor to veto tax rate hike

Providence, R.I. – The Providence City Council has narrowly given final approval to a 25 percent increase in the city's property tax rate.

The measure also repeals a tax break for thousands of landlords who do not live in their properties.

But Mayor David Cicilline is vowing to veto the bill, which councilors say could prevent tax bills from going out by the July 30 deadline.

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Morning News Podcast
9:26 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Rhode Island – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for July 29, 2010

Morning News Podcast
10:18 am
Wed July 28, 2010

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Rhode Island – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for July 28, 2010.

Local Features
4:12 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Moderate Party head looks to make his mark in RI governor's race

Ken Block is seen campaigning in downtown Providence. Photo by Flo Jonic.

Providence, R.I. – By anyone's measure Ken Block is a lucky man. He has a wife he adores, two small children and a large house in the attractive town of Barrington. But he wants more. He wants to be governor of Rhode Island and says his experience as president and owner of two high tech companies qualifies him to do the job.

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Local Features
2:17 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Robitaille campaigns for Republican nomination

John Robitaille attends a campaign event in Providence's Smith Hill neighborhood.
Photo by: Elisabeth Harrison

Providence, R.I. – John Robitaille has emerged as an early front runner in the race for the Republican nomination for governor. But he faces significant obstacles. The former senior advisor to Governor Donald Carcieri has never held elected office, and he is struggling to separate himself from a lame duck governor, who leaves the state in the grips of a deep economic slide.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
10:16 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Parents know

Providence, RI – Is there a parent alive who hasn't had a child roll her or his eyes in response to the parent's earnest advice about some sort of compelling childhood dilemma? These are the moments when parents may feel as if they are merely wasting good oxygen. And yet, if we're lucky, there comes a time when our children concede that, after all, we knew what we were talking about. Indeed, that's the gift that Lucy Friedmann gave her parents.

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Morning News Podcast
10:05 am
Tue July 27, 2010

July 27, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for July 27, 2010

RIPR News
8:13 am
Tue July 27, 2010

State officials approve deal to bring Schilling company to RI

Providence, R.I. – It's a deal. The state Economic Development Corporation has agreed to guarantee a $75 million revenue bond for a start up video game company founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

The vote was 9 to 1 with EDC board member Karl Wadensten dissenting. It means Curt Schilling will bring his video game company, 38 Studios LLC, to Rhode Island from its current home in Maynard, Massachusetts.

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RIPR News
4:55 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

RI, Mass. sign agreement on wind power projects

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island and Massachusetts have agreed to coordinate on potential wind power projects in a designated 400 square miles of federal waters.

An agreement announced Monday identifies an area for development that starts 12 miles southwest of Martha's Vineyard and reaches 20 miles into Rhode Island Sound.

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said in joint statements Monday that the agreement will serve as a roadmap as both states move toward offshore wind projects.

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