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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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RIPR News
6:01 am
Wed June 23, 2010

RI lawmaker pleads not guilty to bank fraud

Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island state senator has pleaded not guilty to charges that he falsified bank and tax documents when he obtained more than $1.5 million in mortgages.

Sen. Christopher Maselli, a Johnston Democrat and real estate lawyer, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven federal counts of bank fraud. The accusations are not related to his Senate position.

He was released after posting $10,000 bond. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Martin restricted his travel to Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Connecticut.

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RIPR News
5:55 am
Wed June 23, 2010

RI home sales hold steady, foreclosures drop

Providence, R.I. – The end of the homebuyer tax credit does not seem to have hurt real estate sales in Rhode Island.

The home buyer tax credit ended April 30th but May home sales in Rhode Island held their own. Single family home sales stayed about the same as they were a year ago but the median price rose five percent to nearly $200,000. Condo sales were up 22 percent and the median price rose 14 percent to $182,000.

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RIPR News
5:51 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Fall River soldier dies in Afghanistan

Providence, R.I. – Flags are flying at half staff in Massachusetts in honor of Scott Andrews, of Fall River, who was killed Monday in Afghanistan.

Scott Andrews was so proud of being in the Army he treated his uniform with kid gloves. This, according to Fall River veterans agent Manual DaPonte who spoke to Andrews' family Monday.

Andrews died of wounds from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to an engineering unit based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was scheduled to come home in October, says Daponte.

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RIPR News
9:41 am
Tue June 22, 2010

RI public safety officials raise concerns about fireworks law

Providence, R.I. – The swift passage of a law to legalize a limited number of consumer fireworks in Rhode Island has some fire and police officials complaining of confusion ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

State police and fire officials said Monday they would still target people who improperly use fireworks, whether they're legal or not.

The law passed this month allows people to buy certain consumer fireworks, such as handheld and ground-based sparklers, without a permit.

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RIPR News
7:28 am
Tue June 22, 2010

After decline, gas prices rise in RI

Providence, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have climbed a penny to an average $2.75 for a gallon of regular unleaded. AAA Southern New England says on Monday that its weekly survey shows prices have ended a five-week downward trend.

The price in Rhode Island is two cents per gallon over the national average.It's five cents higher per gallon than at this time last year.

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