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6:53 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Advocates for the disabled speak out against RIPTA cuts

Providence, R.I. – Advocates for the disabled say they are concerned about proposed cuts to RIPTA bus service. Among the potential changes is the elimination of 14 of 56 holiday runs.

Lorna Ricci, executive director of the Ocean State Center for Independent Living says reductions in public transportation can have a major effect on a disabled person's mobility.

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6:48 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Charter school supporters look to expand in RI

Providence, R.I. – The group that opened the Democracy Prep Charter School in Cumberland is looking to expand and bring a new charter school operator into the state.

Democracy Prep opened last year as the state's first mayoral academy. That means it operates completely outside of union contract rules. Now organizers are moving to build a network of similar schools.

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RIPR News
6:41 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Democrats meet in debate for RI congressional seat

Providence, R.I. – It was the first time the four candidates for the first district congressional seat shared a stage in a debate forum. The location: The Providence Performing Arts Center. The sponsor: WPRI Television.

Host Tim White asked the candidates if to reduce the national deficit they would support raising the Social Security retirement age to 70. Providence Mayor David Cicilline said "we have to study it but we made a commitment to the American people we need to keep that commitment."

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1:49 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Forcasters warn of potential flooding in RI

Providence, R.I. – A flash flood watch will soon be in effect for much of Rhode Island.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms and torrential rain are expected from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.

Urban areas are expected to be most affected, and drivers should be on the lookout for flooding in low-lying areas like underpasses.

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RIPR News
1:44 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Fall River Marine remebered at funeral

Fall River, Mass. – A Fall River Marine who drowned while trying to rescue two comrades struggling in the waters off Guantanamo Bay Naval Base was remembered by his wife as the "ultimate hero."

Cpl. Paul Fagundes was honored by hundreds of friends and family Tuesday at a funeral Mass at St. Anne's church.

His wife, Cynthia, said her husband left his mark on the heart of every person in the church.

The Navy says the 29-year-old Fagundes and two other Marines died July 4 after Fagundes went back into the water to help the others.

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10:48 am
Tue July 13, 2010

Candidate conversation: James Langevin

Providence, R.I. – We resume our series of interviews with candidates for political office in Rhode Island. Today: the second Congressional District and incumbent Congressman James Langevin.

A Warwick Democrat, the 46-year old Langevin is seeking his sixth term in the House. Langevin is a member of the Armed Services Committee and a graduate of Rhode Island College and Harvard University. He's also served as a state representative and Rhode Island secretary of state.

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RIPR News
10:16 am
Tue July 13, 2010

In RI, unemployed worry as debate continues on benefits extension

Providence, R.I. – The U.S. Senate is back to work following a week long vacation and some unfinished business awaits their action. That's the business of extending unemployment benefits for another six months.

More than two million people have had their benefits cut off in the six weeks since lawmakers began debating the bill. And for some in Rhode Island the situation is becoming desperate. WRNI's Flo Jonic introduces us to one such woman.

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RIPR News
10:05 am
Tue July 13, 2010

Group warns about pace of domestic violence murders

Providence, R.I. – Advocates for the prevention of domestic violence warn the state is on pace to see the highest number of domestic violence deaths ever record in a single year.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence says seven people have died as a result of domestic violence so far this year. The group says if that pace continues, it will surpass all previous yearly totals since it began keeping records 30 years ago.

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8:49 am
Tue July 13, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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4:30 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Candidate for governor wants tax cut for veterans, seniors

Providence, R.I. – Despite the state's deep fiscal crisis, a Republican candidate for governor says military veterans and senior citizens deserve a tax break. John Robitaille, who is himself a former army captain, told a group of veterans last week that the state doesn't do enough to help veterans and senior citizens.

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