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5:05 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Kennedy: nation's job to help troops with mental illness

Congressmen Jim Langevin and Patrick Kennedy at an event focused on military and mental illness.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Congressman Patrick Kennedy says mental illness in military personnel needs to become a national priority.


He says a new Department of Defense study finds more active duty members of the military are killing themselves than dying on the battlefield. Kennedy says the stigma needs to be lifted when it comes to mental illnesses.

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RIPR News
3:59 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Scott Brown visits the Ocean State too

Providence, RI – Republican candidate for congress John Loughlin had his own political celebrity in Rhode Island today.

Massachusetts senator Scott Brown spent about four hours campaigning and raising money with Loughlin in the Ocean State.

Loughlin and Brown have a lot in common- the Rhode Island Republican is also hoping to win a seat that's been held by a Kennedy for years. But Loughlin won't call himself the next Scott Brown.

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RIPR News
3:21 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Caprio defends remark about the president

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio is standing by his comment that President Obama could quote "shove it" for not endorsing a candidate in the governor's race.

Caprio backed Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary, and says the president's lack of endorsement for the Democratic candidate for governor is injecting politics into his visit to Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
11:05 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Obama dinner to feature local farms

Providence, R.I. –

Rhode Island famers hope to shine at a democratic fundraiser tonight headlined by President Barack Obama. Much of the food for the dinner will come from local growers, including Red Planet Vegetables in Johnston, Scratch Farm in Cranston and City Farm in Providence.

Chefs and owners from the Providence restaurant Al Forno have planned a special menu for the event, which will be hosted in a private home.

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RIPR News
8:02 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Former Italian prime minister to visit URI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi visiting the University of Rhode Island to speak about the European Union's role in the global community.

Prodi, who's appearing Wednesday at URI, has served twice as Italy's prime minister and was president of the European Commission.

He is also a professor at large for Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, and is currently president of the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping panel.

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Local Features
7:27 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Dear Mr. President

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The last time you came to Rhode Island an overflow crowd of 10,000 supporters braved slush-clotted streets in Providence's Mount Pleasant neighborhood and a freezing winter rain to cheer you at Rhode Island College.

That was three days before the state's presidential primary and you vigorously touted your themes of hope and change. A week earlier, your then-opponent, Senator Hillary Clinton mocked your message at the same venue.

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RIPR News
7:11 am
Mon October 25, 2010

RI governor's race enters final week of campaigning

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's a busy week for Rhode Island's gubernatorial candidates as they enter the final days of their campaigns.

They'll face each other in three televised debates this week. The first debate is Tuesday night at the Providence Performing Arts Center. It will air on WPRI-TV.

The others are Wednesday evening at Bryant University, which will air on WLNE-TV; and a Friday debate at Rhode Island College that will air on WJAR-TV.

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Politics
7:06 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Obama makes first presidential visit to RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today's due to be a big day for politics in Rhode Island, as President Obama and two high profile Republicans visit the state.

President Obama is scheduled to visit a Woonsocket factory, then fundraise for Democratic Congressional candidate and Providence Mayor David Cicilline as well as other candidates.

Cicilline's Republican rival, John Loughlin, will get some help from Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who will attend a fundraiser luncheon and campaign with Loughlin.

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RIPR News
3:22 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates prefer private schools

Providence, R.I. – Public education has been a hot topic in the Rhode Island governor's race, but both of the frontrunners send their kids to private schools.

Independent Lincoln Chafee's children went to Warwick public schools until he moved to Washington, D.C. to serve in the US Senate. His two school-aged children currently attend private schools. A third child is now in college.

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RIPR News
1:01 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Chafee accuses Caprio of poor legislative attendance

Providence, R.I. – Gubernatorial Candidate Lincoln Chafee is criticizing opponent Frank Caprio's legislative voting record on grounds of poor attendance. According to Chafee Caprio missed nineteen percent of the votes taken during his 16 years in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Caprio's press secretary Nick Hemond doesn't deny the charge, but attributes Caprio's absenteeism to the part-time nature of the Rhode Island legislature.

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