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3:00 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

McConnell "incredibly honored" by committee vote

Washington, DC – The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Providence Lawyer John J. McConnell for a federal judgeship in the US District Court in Rhode Island.

The committee voted 13 to 6 to approve the nomination, with lone Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina among McConnell's supporters.

"I am incredibly honored by the action that the Senate Judiciary Committee took today," McConnell told WRNI just moments after today's vote.

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RIPR News
2:54 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Local second-grader sent home for controversial hat

Coventry, R.I. – The mother of a Rhode Island second-grader says her son was barred by his school from wearing a patriotic hat he made to honor Army troops because of a no-weapons policy.

Christan Morales on Thursday says her 8-year-old son, David, was assigned to make a crazy hat in his class at the Tiogue School in Coventry.

She says they brainstormed and he came up with an idea to glue Army figures to a camouflage hat with an American flag.

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Politics
1:02 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Governor nixes historian laureate post

Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed a bill establishing the post of Historian Laureate of Rhode Island.

He claimed that the criteria for appointment are inadequate, that the title is unnecessary and that the position puts too much value on one historian's perspective to the exclusion of others.

He also said that the governor, and not the Secretary of State, should have the power to choose who fills the post. He released a statement yesterday urging Rhode Island's representatives to support his veto.

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RIPR News
12:53 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Mass. unemployment rate remains at 9.2 percent

Boston, MA – Massachusetts added more than 15,000 jobs last month, the fourth straight month of employment gains for the state, but the unemployment rate remained at 9.2 percent.

The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday that Massachusetts unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 9.7 percent.

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RIPR News
12:49 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Boston-South Coast rail link takes step forward

Boston, MA – Massachusetts has closed a $100 million deal that includes the purchase of nearly 40 miles of rail lines as part of a plan to build a commuter rail link from Boston to Fall River and New Bedford.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said that construction on the commuter rail, not expected to be completed for another six or seven years, will begin this summer with refurbishing of several freight bridges in the New Bedford area.

That work is expected to create between 200 and 300 jobs and should be completed by early 2012.

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RIPR News
12:45 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Lawyer says he'd accept state receiver for Central Falls

Providence, R.I. – A lawyer for Central Falls says he's willing to accept a state-appointed receiver to oversee the city's finances.

The lawyer, Joseph Larisa, said earlier this week that he planned to challenge the state's efforts to move the city out of judicial receivership and onto a separate path of state oversight for financially troubled cities.

Central Falls last month was appointed a temporary receiver by a judge. But a new law prohibits cities and towns from seeking judicial receivership and instead offers a three-tier track with a state receiver.

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RIPR News
4:59 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Report: RI still in recession, but the end is getting closer

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is not out of the recession but we're close. That's according to University of Rhode Island Economist Len Lardaro.

On a scale of one to 100, with zero being a moribund economy and 100 representing robust growth, Rhode Island is at a "50", up from 8 a year ago. This, according to the Current Conditions Index, a rating based on a dozen economic factors developed by University of Rhode Island economics professor Len Lardaro.

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RIPR News
4:49 am
Thu June 17, 2010

RI governor concerned about casino bill

Providence, R.I. – Governor Carcieri has some concerns about the casino legislation passed last week by the General Assembly.

Carcieri spokeswoman Amy Kempe says a review of the legislation by the governor and his staff will continue today.

"The governor does have some concerns," Kempe says. Most notably that the legislation mandates the city of Newport to put the question on the ballot in November despite the opposition of the city council."

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RIPR News
4:47 am
Thu June 17, 2010

RI authorities warn about phone scam

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island attorney general's office is warning consumers about a scam in which the con artist identifies himself as a law enforcement officer.

Scam artists have been calling Rhode Islanders saying they're law enforcement officers attempting to collect a debt. In some cases the debt is an Internet payday loan that was either repaid or never taken out.

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RIPR News
4:44 am
Thu June 17, 2010

In tough economy, RI students stay close to home

The entrance to Rhode Island College is pictured here. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – As high schools around the state hold graduation ceremonies this month, many students and families are confronting the daunting task of paying for college. In a difficult economy, with rising college costs, a growing number of Rhode Islanders are choosing to state colleges instead of more costly out of state schools.

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