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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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Morning News Podcast
8:02 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

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RIPR News
7:12 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Home dedicated to help RI's homeless female veterans

Providence, R.I. – In Johnston today veterans will gather to dedicate a refurbished farmhouse as transitional housing for homeless female veterans. Homelessness among women vets is now a faster growing problem than among male veterans.

Dianne DeLomba shows off her new apartment with the pride of a homebody who hasn't had a place of her own in over a month.

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RIPR News
6:37 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Providence police investigate use of force in shooting

Providence, R.I. – A 17-year-old boy was shot in the arm after leading Providence police on a foot chase.

Police say they were chasing two armed teenagers at about 6 p.m. on Saturday, when the pair split up.

Officers say they chased 17-year-old Jaylon Baker down Wesleyan Street until he appeared to pull a gun, and one of the officers opened fire.

Police say the bullet went through Baker's arm, and he is expected to make a full recovery. Baker's father tells WPRI-TV that his son had just been released from a youth detention program.

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RIPR News
6:29 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Supporters, opponents of gay marriage clash in Providence

Providence, R.I. – Supporters and opponents of same sex marriage held clashing rallies at the State House yesterday. Although they got to within a few feet of each other there was no violence.

The rally was initially called by the National Organization for Marriage, which is on a 19 state tour to drum up opposition to gay marriage. Queer Action Rhode Island heard about it, and decided to crash it.

So on the south steps of the State House the two groups -- each numbering about 150 --
shouted each other down.

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RIPR News
6:28 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Block seen as potential spoiler candidate in RI governor's race

Providence, R.I. – Moderate Party candidate Ken Block is emerging as a potential spoiler in the Rhode Island governor's race.

Political observers say he could siphon votes from any of the other candidates, but the one he may most need to differentiate himself from is Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator who is running as an independent.

Block, an entrepreneur, founded the Moderate Party in 2008 on a platform of four "e's" _ economy, ethics, education and environment.

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RIPR News
12:19 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Operations return to normal following security breach at T.F. Green

Providence, R.I. – Flights are returning to normal following a security breach at T.F. Green Airport.

Jim Fotenos, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, says a person passed through a security checkpoint at the Warwick airport without being fully screened.

He says the person was taken into custody, though it's unclear whether the passenger will face any charges. Officials did not identify the passenger.

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9:23 am
Fri July 16, 2010

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