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1:58 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Hasbro says it isn't in talks to go private

New York, NY – Hasbro said Thursday it is not in talks with a private equity firm to go private.

The toy maker made the statement after a report in the Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources saying Hasbro was in early talks to be taken private by Providence Equity Partners.

The maker of Nerf, Transformers and Scrabble says it is not having any discussions regarding its sale. Providence declined to comment.

Hasbro, based in Pawtucket, R.I., says a private equity firm approached it, but Hasbro's board of directors determined it had no interest in pursuing a deal.

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RIPR News
1:57 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates spar at forum

Providence, R.I. – Former Senator Lincoln Chafee is criticizing some of his fellow candidates for Rhode Island governor for the persistent budget deficits the state faces.

At a candidates' forum in Providence last night, Chafee, an independent, was criticized himself for a proposal to put a 1 percent sales tax on items such as groceries and prescription drugs.

Chafee says the plan would raise $100 million and is a less painful way to close budget deficits. But General Treasurer Frank Caprio, a Democrat, says Chafee's plan would put too much of a burden on families.

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RIPR News
9:39 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Two beaches closed to swimming due to bacteria

Providence, R.I. – Two beaches in Rhode Island have been ordered shut by state health authorities.

The health department on Thursday recommended the closings of Bristol Town Beach and Warren Town Beach because of high bacteria counts in the water.

State health officials say they'll continue to monitor the beaches and will reopen them when they're safe.

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RIPR News
6:40 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Candidate Gemma talks with WRNI's Scott MacKay

Providence, R.I. – In the latest in our series of candidate interviews, we hear from Anthony Gemma. Gemma is a businessman from Lincoln - and one of four Democrats hoping to succeed Patrick Kennedy to represent Rhode Island's 1st Congressional district. He is the former head of Gem Plumbing; he's never run for political office and describes himself as a "conservative Democrat." Anthony Gemma sat down with WRNI political analyst, Scott Mackay, to talk about why he's running for Congress.

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RIPR News
5:49 am
Thu June 24, 2010

RI governor vetoes casino bill

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed legislation that would ask voters whether the state's two slot parlors can expand into casinos.

In a veto message dated Tuesday, the governor says critical financial information is unknown because the legislation does not specify how much of a split from revenues will go to the state. Under the current law, 61 percent of revenues go to the state.

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RIPR News
4:28 am
Thu June 24, 2010

RI Governor signs school funding formula into law

Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has signed into law a bill that creates a funding formula for the state's schools. The legislation signed Wednesday was a key step to improve the state's chances of securing $75 million in federal grants through the national Race to the Top funding competition.

Rhode Island had been the only state without a formula to determine how much state aid each school district should get. That made it difficult for local communities to predict how much they could count on.

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RIPR News
4:27 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Former officer pleads guilty in beating case

Providence, R.I. – A former Woonsocket police officer has pleaded guilty to a civil rights charge in the beating of a teenage boy in his custody. John H. Douglas pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to depriving the teen of his civil rights. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a reduced sentence when he is sentenced Nov. 10.

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Local Features
4:19 am
Thu June 24, 2010

The music of Death Vessel

Providence, R.I. – It's hard to characterize the music of the Rhode Island based band Death Vessel. The radio station WNYC has called it familiar yet strange, personal yet abstract. And The Denver Post's Reverb blog has described the music as leaving "a unique taste in the air" and "an urge to hear more."

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This I Believe Rhode Island
2:52 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Work

Providence, RI – NPR listeners know all too well that our nation is caught in a vise filled with all manner of domestic and international challenges and crises. War. Poverty. Hunger. Natural disasters. The list seems almost endless and has many of us thinking hard about what our nation's youth can do, individually and collectively, to help meet these challenges. That's certainly the case for Tim Rivinus.

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Local Features
6:20 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Shorebirds can't escape oil on the Gulf

Conservation Biologist Margo Zdravkovic on the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana. Photo By Nancy Cohen.

U.S. – Imagine a labyrinth of marshy islands, accessible only by boat. Add a dose of choppy seas and surprise thunderstorms. Those are the conditions in which Margo Zdravkovic and her team from the Coastal Bird Conservation Program are searching for the Wilson's Plover, an eight-inch long bird.

"We'll swing out to where it's safe to pass those breakers and hopefully find what we're looking for," Zdravkovic says.

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