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5:18 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Following legal action, RI districts leave Truancy Court

Providence, R.I. – Four Rhode Island school districts have dropped out of state's Truancy Court program since the American Civil Liberties Union named them in a suit against the system.

The Providence Journal reports more districts could follow because the ACLU is hoping to add plaintiffs from other districts, besides the six they've already named.

The ACLU sued in March, claiming truancy program administrators threatened to arrest or place truant students into state custody.

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RIPR News
5:12 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Whitehouse plans visit to RI job training center

Providence, R.I. – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will be in Rhode Island this week to tour a job training center.

The Democrat is scheduled to visit with staff at the Family Resources Community Action Employment and Training Center in Woonsocket on Tuesday.

Congress adjourned for a weeklong Independence Day recess without extending federal unemployment benefits. Whitehouse's office says the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 5,000 Rhode Islanders will lose unemployment insurance benefits by July 10.

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RIPR News
5:10 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Regional power grid to receive updgrade

Holyoke, Mass. – Potential outages and other disruptions on New England's power grid will be spotted more quickly as the region's grid operator installs new equipment paid for by federal
stimulus money.

ISO-New England says it will use an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install high-speed sensors that monitor voltage and other conditions on the grid. The smart-grid devices will relay information 30 times a second, up from once every four seconds.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
12:41 pm
Sun July 4, 2010

Encore: O. Henry

Providence, RI – The program features Curt Columbus , Janice Duclos, Tim Crowe, William Damkoehler and Mauro Hantman, performing and discussing O. Henry's short stories "The Ransom of Red Chief" and "Tobin's Palm."

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RIPR News
4:25 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

AAA predicts major jump in Fourth of July travelers

Providence, R.I. – AAA is predicting a more than 19 percent increase in the number of New Englanders traveling this holiday weekend when compared to the same time last year.

Lloyd Albert, of AAA of Southern New England, says 1.7 million New Englanders are heading away from home for the Fourth of July, outpacing national estimates.

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Political Roundtable
4:05 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

Party endorsements on this week's Roundtable

Patrick Crowley, political director for the National Education Association Rhode Island, is the special guest on this week's Roundtable. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – State party endorsements and a lot of interest in running for office. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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RIPR News
12:32 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

America's Cup trophy comes to Newport, officials hope the race follows

Photo courtesy of Daniel Forster.

Providence, R.I. – The winners of the 33rd America's Cup race toured Newport on Thursday, as state officials campaign for the return of the yachting competition to Rhode Island waters. The famed trophy was also on display in the city.

State officials believe the return of the America's Cup would boost revenue and tourism and shine an international media spotlight on Rhode Island. The state hosted the competition for decades until losing the race to Australia in the early 80's.

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RIPR News
12:32 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

Lone Republican out of Providence mayoral race

Providence, R.I. – The lone Republican candidate for Providence mayor has pulled out of the race.

Daniel Harrop, a psychiatrist, says he'll instead run for the General Assembly against incumbent Rep. Edith Ajello.

Harrop tells The Providence Journal that voters in Providence have a wide range of choices for mayor, and that he'll be helping the Republican Party by running for the General Assembly.

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Local Features
10:12 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Newport faces legal action over Cliff Walk

A view from the Newport Cliff Walk. Photo by Alex Nunes.

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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "Dolly!"

Matanuch, R.I. – Well, hello, "Dolly!" It's good to have you back where you belong, on the musical stage.

At Theatre-by-the-Sea in Matunuck "Hello, Dolly!" that wonderfully glitzy, ever so old-timey, ever so American, musical is receiving the splendid, loving, carefully accurate production it deserves.

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