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1:20 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

Walgreen's, CVS end dispute

Providence, R.I. – A dispute that would have prevented around 24,000 Rhode Islanders from filling their prescriptions at Walgreen's pharmacies has been resolved. Woonsocket based CVS/Caremark and Walgreen's companies announced today that they have reached a new contract agreement.

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RIPR News
12:16 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

State senator indicted

Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island state senator has been indicted on bank fraud charges.

Sen. Christopher Maselli, a Johnston Democrat and self-employed real estate lawyer, is accused of falsifying bank and federal tax documents and obtaining more than $1.5 million in mortgages.

The indictment, which was issued by a federal grand jury Thursday afternoon, is not connected to his Senate position.

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RIPR News
9:21 am
Fri June 18, 2010

UPDATED: Mass. trooper dies following crash on 95, motorist charged with drunk driving

Mansfield, Mass. – The commander of the Massachusetts State Police says a veteran trooper working an overnight construction detail has died after being struck by a suspected drunken driver.

Superintendent Marian McGovern says Sgt. Doug Weddleton was out of his cruiser on Interstate 95 north in Mansfield after pulling over a car that tried to enter a closed ramp at about 1:30 a.m. Friday when a second vehicle struck him.

He was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro where he was pronounced dead.

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Political Roundtable
5:01 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Casinos, the clunker tax and school funding on Roundtable

Pablo Rodriguez, of Latino Public Radio, is the special guest on this week's Political Roundtable. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – On this week's Political Roundtable, expanded casino gambling, school funding and the clunker tax are all part of the discussion. Here's WRNI's News Director, Anthony Brooks.

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RIPR News
4:55 am
Fri June 18, 2010

RI unemployment rate dips

A sign seeking job applicants is seen at H&M at the Providence Place mall. Photo by Sarah Forman.

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.3 percent in May, down two-tenths of one percent from April. It was the third decline in as many months.

State Labor and Training Director Sandra Powell says Rhode Island still faces a long road to a normal unemployment rate of four to six percent.

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RIPR News
3:56 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Biofuel facility to open in Cranston

Cranston, R.I. – A biofuel technology company is looking to open what it says will be a one-of-a-kind clean energy production facility in Rhode Island.

Tomorrow Biofuels hopes to launch the location in Cranston this fall, according to a company press release. The release explained that the facility will use carbon emissions from a nearby power-plant to "feed" fast-growing algae that can eventually produce clean biofuel.

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RIPR News
3:35 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

RI supreme court rejects appeal from mom in child's death

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's highest court has rejected a bid for freedom from a woman acquitted by reason of insanity in the arson killing of her 12-year-old daughter.

Tonya Fuller-Balletta was accused of trapping the girl by locking the doors to her house and setting it ablaze. A judge found her legally insane and not guilty of murder and arson charges in 2007, confining her to the state psychiatric hospital.

The state Supreme Court said Thursday that Fuller-Balletta remains too dangerous to be released into the community.

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RIPR News
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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