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2:37 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Regulators consider 5-year lobstering ban

Warwick, R.I. – Dozens of lobstermen have traveled to Rhode Island to speak out against a proposed ban on lobstering in waters south of Cape Cod.

The board that advises the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on lobster rules is meeting Thursday in Warwick. A final decision isn't expected until late this year.

Among the options being considered to deal with a crash in the lobster population in the region is a five-year moratorium on lobstering south of Cape Cod to North Carolina.

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RIPR News
2:19 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

State housing prices on the rise

Warwick, R.I. – Sales of single-family homes in Rhode Island jumped 11 percent last month when compared to June 2009, while the median price was up 5 percent.

The Rhode Island Association of Realtors reported Thursday that 897 single-family homes were sold last month, compared to 805 in the year-ago period and far above the 667 sales in May.

While sales traditionally jump from May to June, the organization says this year's increase is due in part to the federal homebuyer's tax credit.

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Local Features
9:26 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Mayoral candidates meet at RI Latino Civic Fund debate

Providence, R.I. – Candidates running for Mayor of Providence faced off last night in a debate sponsored by the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund. Among the topics discussed by the four candidates: Rhode Island's controversial immigration policy, which requests state and local police to help enforce federal immigration law.

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Local Features
9:22 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Girls rock!

On guitar, Natalja Kent is instructing Stef Quatrucci. Courtesy Photo.

Providence, R.I. – At the JamStage in Pawtucket, six bands spent a week rocking out. They wrote new songs, worked on their technique, and made silk-screened shirts with logos across the front. Typical band behavior, except that these band members were 27 girls ages 11 to 18 - many of whom had never played an instrument before. They were part of Rhode Island's first rock n roll camp for girls. WRNI's Megan Hall packed her ear plugs and prepared this report.

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Morning News Podcast
9:14 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Hear the daily morning podcast for Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Local Features
8:40 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Bill Gale reviews 'Little Shop of Horrors' at Theatre by the Sea

Providence, R.I. – Proving how fast a summer can fly by, Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck has already opened its third show of a four-production season. It's "Little Shop of Horrors" and Bill Gale has the review.

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Little Shop of Horrors" continues at Theatre by the Sea through August first. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.

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RIPR News
8:34 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Loughlin makes his pitch for Congress

Providence, R.I. – We continue our series of interviews with the candidates for Rhode Island's first congressional district seat with Republican state Representative John Loughlin. In this year's general election, Loughlin is expected to face one of four Democrats: Providence Mayor David Cicilline, former state Democratic Chairman Bill Lynch or state Representative David Segal. Loughlin sat down with WRNI's Scott MacKay for an interview on a range of issues.

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4:36 am
Thu July 22, 2010

RI gubernatorial candidates meet at debate

Providence, R.I. – The candidates for governor touched on taxes, budget deficits and immigration during a forum at a Providence retirement community.

General Treasurer Frank Caprio is the only Democrat left in the race since Attorney General Patrick Lynch quit last week. During yesterday's forum, Republican John Robitaille said it would be dangerous to have both the executive and legislative branches controlled by one party. Moderate Party candidate Ken Block said Caprio would be a ``machine-anointed'' governor if he were elected.

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RIPR News
3:51 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield cuts payroll by 103

Providence, R.I. – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is laying off 58 employees and cutting 45 other positions. Blue Cross and Blue Shield employs more than 1,000 local residents.

The layoffs come less than a month after Blue Cross received a 9.8 percent rate increase. The company had requested increases around 13 percent. Blue Cross Blue Shield reported a one hundred-million dollar loss in 2009.

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RIPR News
2:47 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield cuts payroll by 103

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