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3:12 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Gas costs up a penny from last week

Providence, R.I. – After a five-week downward trend, gas prices in state climbed a penny last week to $2.75 per gallon.

According to AAA Southern New England, Rhode Island gas is two cents more expensive per gallon than the national average. At this time last year, a gallon cost a nickel less.

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RIPR News
3:07 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Moderate Party, ACLU sue for campaign finances

Providence, R.I. – For the second time in a year, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the newly created Moderate Party of Rhode Island.

The first lawsuit gave the Moderates party status. Now they want a share of the contributions taxpayers donate on their tax returns to political parties.

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RIPR News
6:20 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Fate of birds feared in wake of spill

An oystercatcher being measured and tagged. Photo by Shiloh Shulte, Manomet

Plymouth County, MA – On a sparkling blue morning in some rocks along Stony Point Dike in the Cape Cod Canal, a pair of adult oystercatchers is caring for a young chick. Like nervous new parents they take turns flying off in search of food and bringing it back.

Watching through binoculars about 30 yards away are Shiloh Schulte from the Massachusetts-based Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and Katy Forgues from City University of New York who have set a trap for the birds.

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RIPR News
4:58 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Manufacturer to open in RI

Providence, R.I. – State and federal officials are scheduled to join executives at the opening of a manufacturer in Ashaway.

Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin are scheduled to help open a facility of defense contractor L-3 Chesapeake Sciences Corp. Monday.

The company says it will initially employ 40 people.

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RIPR News
4:57 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Court reinstates RI foster care lawsuit

Providence, R.I. – A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit alleging widespread abuse and neglect of Rhode Island's foster children.

The decision Friday from the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a trial judge's decision to dismiss the case.

The lawsuit filed in 2007 by Rhode Island's child advocate said children in foster care were routinely abused, neglected and shuffled from home to home. Because they were minors, the children were assigned adult guardians to represent their interests in the lawsuit.

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RIPR News
4:48 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Scott MacKay takes a closer look at the new RI budget

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers have gone for the summer, leaving behind a plan to balance the budget and run state government through the next fiscal year. Governor Carcieri and many of the Democrats who control the General Assembly are taking credit for cutting the size of state government and holding the line on taxes. But WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says there's another side to this story.

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RIPR News
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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