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7:10 am
Wed July 21, 2010

Bill Gale reviews Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport

Island Moving Co.?s Lilia Ortola and David DuBois in Danielle Genest?s Time Is The Fire In Which We Burn at the Great Friends Meeting House. Photo by Thomas Palmer

Providence, R.I. – Island Moving Company last scored with "Dracula" an amusing and sometimes scary production in a Newport mansion. Now the dance company has brought a few good friends to the City by the Sea. Bill Gale has this review.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Great Friends Dance Festival continues through Sunday night at the Friends Meeting House in Newport. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.

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RIPR News
6:33 am
Wed July 21, 2010

Court upholds conviction of ex-hospital exec in RI

Providence, R.I. – The former president of Roger Williams Medical Center may be headed to prison soon. A federal appeals court has affirmed his corruption conviction.

Attorneys for Robert Urciuoli challenged his corruption conviction on the grounds that the judge gave improper instructions to the jury. But the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument and upheld his convictions of conspiracy and mail fraud for buying the influence of former state Sen. John Celona.

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RIPR News
3:44 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Power shift in Central Falls may be unconstitutional

Providence, R.I. – The new legislation which allowed a former judge to demote the mayor of Central Falls and take control of the city may be unconstitutional. The law, which was passed by the General Assembly in June, gives the state broad power to intervene when a city or town faces bankruptcy. In extreme cases, the state may appoint a receiver to assume power. Steven Brown of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union says the law violates the city's right to elect its own governing officials.

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RIPR News
10:56 am
Tue July 20, 2010

RI immigration policy seen as far less sweeping than Ariz. law

Providene, R.I. – Supporters of Arizona's new illegal immigration law have cited Rhode Island as a state where police have carried out comparably tough enforcement without a court
challenge from the Obama administration.

But in Rhode Island, both sides of the debate agree that the executive order issued by Governor Don Carcieri in 2008 is far less sweeping than the Arizona law, which takes effect this month.

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9:06 am
Tue July 20, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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5:52 am
Tue July 20, 2010

Gas prices unchanged in RI

Providence, R.I. – Gasoline prices are holding steady in Rhode Island, staying at an average $2.73 per gallon for regular unleaded for the second week in a row.

AAA Southern New England says gas prices have been relatively stable since the beginning of June, when the average price was $2.75 a gallon.

The price has gone up about 5 percent from this time last year.

AAA says the Rhode Island average is a penny higher than the national average.

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RIPR News
3:40 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Paint companies appeal court's decision on lawsuit costs

Providence, R.I. – Former lead paint companies are continuing a decade-long battle against the state.

They're appealing a Superior Court decision in May that said Rhode Island didn't need to reimburse them for the cost of defending themselves against a state lawsuit. A jury decided in 2006 that three of these companies had to fund the removal of lead paint from 300,000 homes in the state, but the Rhode Island Supreme Court revoked that verdict in 2008.

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3:28 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Third state looking into Warwick bank robbery suspect

Bangor, ME – A third state appears to be pursuing charges against a Greyhound bus driver charged with one of the bank robberies committed by a man dubbed by the FBI as the ``burly bandit.''

Robert Ferguson is being held in Maine, where he was arrested Wednesday for allegedly robbing a Bangor Savings Bank in Orono. He was later charged in Warwick, R.I., for a May 27 robbery in that city.

FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz says the Rhode Island robbery was one of at least 10 bank holdups committed by the burly bandit. The investigation continues.

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1:55 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Former judge takes over Central Falls mayoral duties

Central Falls, R.I. – A retired judge who was given financial oversight of Central Falls has now taken over duties as mayor.

Mark Pfeiffer on Monday demoted Mayor Charles Moreau to advisory status and instructed him to return his city cell phone, car and other city equipment. Moreau will now earn $1,000 every two weeks.

Pfeiffer also fired the city's personnel director.

Pfeiffer last week was appointed receiver of the financially struggling Central Falls, a square-mile city that deals with high poverty rates and budget deficits.

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1:17 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Scott MacKay: RI needs to take a strategic look at gambling

Providence, R.I. – There is no mystery to what an expansion of gambling in Massachusetts will mean for Rhode Island. In case you don't get it, Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory put it bluntly last Wednesday: The Bay State, he wrote, needs ``at least one slot parlor strategically located to drive Twin River, the teetering slot venue in Rhode Island, out of business.''

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