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9:58 am
Fri July 9, 2010

Remembering music festival director Mark Malkovich III

Mark Malkovich III is pictured here. Photo courtesy of Mark Malkovich IV.

Providence, R.I. – The Newport Music Festival, a multi-week event featuring some of the world's best music played in some of its best mansions, is beginning its 42nd season on Friday. But this summer, something-- or rather someone--will be missing. The festival's charismatic leader for the past 35 years, Mark Malkovich III, died last month. Festival organizers say his passing leaves a void but that the show will go on. WRNI's Bill Gale has our story.

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RIPR News
12:58 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Caricieri responds to opponents of wind farm deal

Providence, R.I. – Governor Carcieri responded yesterday to critics of the revised power-purchase agreement between National Grid and Deepwater Wind.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Patrick Lynch and the Conservation Law Foundation challenged the constitutionality of a related law.

Carcieri says the challenges are without merit. The governor accuses Lynch of using his office to try to score political points. And Carcieri says the Conservation Law Foundation's stance is inconsistent with its environmental stewardship.

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RIPR News
12:49 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Newport not to host the America's Cup sailing race in 2014

Providence, R.I. – The America's Cup sailing regatta will be held in San Francisco, not in Newport as many Rhode Islanders had hoped. The news did not come as a surprise, but it disappointed those who wished to see the race return to Newport, where it had previously been held for decades.

It is likely that a series of qualifying races will be held in Newport before the final race in 2014. Keith Stokes, Rhode Island's Economic Development Director, believes that this could be good for the state's economy long term.

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Morning News Podcast
10:56 am
Thu July 8, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Hear the daily podcast for Thursday, July 8, 2010.

RIPR News
6:24 am
Thu July 8, 2010

ACLU, RI Moderate Party try to block distribution of campaign funds

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge to temporarily halt the state from distributing to the two major political parties campaign funds donated by tax payers on their income tax returns.

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RIPR News
6:22 am
Thu July 8, 2010

Rate hikes approved for RI health insurers

Providecne, R.I. – Once again, health insurance costs are going up for employee sponsored health plans. Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher Koller has approved rate increases that average between 8.4 percent and 12.3 percent for small and large businesses.

Koller says he did his best to trim down the requested increases.

"We reduced requested contributions to reserves or profit," he said. "We reduced administrative costs, and we reduced estimates for medical expense increases. So we reduced them across the board."

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RIPR News
4:33 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

No heat-related deaths so far in R.I.

Providence, R.I. – The heat has reached oppressive levels during the last few days, but Rhode Island emergency rooms have not seen any heat-related deaths. Health Department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says some ER activity is normal, but there have not been any unexpected increases. The brutal heat is expected to break later this week, although officials say the humidity will be moderate.

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RIPR News
4:12 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Pawtucket Mayor pushes cooling centers

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RIPR News
3:30 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Heat to break soon

Providence, R.I. – It's slightly cooler today, but you wouldn't know it. The temperature in Providence is in the mid-90s, but the humidity makes it feel like 100 to 104 degrees. A little relief is on the way tomorrow, though, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley.

"This will be the last of the brutal heat, however, for the rest of the week temperatures will be higher than normal," Foley says. "The humidity will be moderately moderate. It won't be in the oppressive range."

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Local Features
7:15 am
Wed July 7, 2010

When the interviewer becomes the subject; Bob Seay on the BBC

WRNI Morning Edition host Bob Seay chats with Katie Davis during her BBC show broadcast out of southern England. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – Yesterday, we were surprised to get a call from the BBC asking to interview someone from WRNI for Katie Martin's show broadcast out of Southampton, England. Apparently, every Wednesday they call a radio station at random and ask to speak to whomever is there. In our case it was Morning Edition host Bob Seay.

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