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RIPR News
6:50 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Unemployment benefits expire across U.S.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – At midnight Tuesday federal emergency unemployment benefits ended for an estimated two million Americans. A bill was introduced Monday to extend the program for one year but Senator Jack Reed says it's unlikely to be passed in time to avert an interruption in benefits.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
12:41 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Running

Providence, RI – You know those moments in life when you're staring at such daunting, overwhelming challenges that you wonder whether you're going to make it through the day, whether you have what it takes to climb the mountain or keep your head above water? Fifteen-year-old Morgan Quinley has wondered just that, and she has discovered internal fortitude, not in the proverbial intestines, but in her feet.

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RIPR News
5:19 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Rhode Island State Police: There's never been a translator complaint

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island State Police says it has never received a complaint about failing to provide translations for non-English speaking people.

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice saying among other things that state police lacked protocol for using its bi-lingual staff for translation.

State police legal counsel Lisa Holley said there are procedures for the 50 employees who speak nine languages including sign language.

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RIPR News
1:24 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

NEA employee accused of impersonating state rep

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – John Leidecker is one of eight assistant executive directors for the National Education Association Rhode Island. He faces a misdemeanor charge of sending misleading e-mails in the guise of departing Bristol representative Douglas Gablinske. Gablinske, a critic of public employee unions, says he's not surprised.

"Having been in the crosshairs of the NEA and the public employee unions for the past three election cycles," he says, "I know the kind of tactics that they use. I've seen those tactics used against me."

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RIPR News
1:19 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Mixed news in latest home sales report

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says the state's home sales have fallen by double digits but the median price is up.


Rhode Island home sales fell 35 percent between October 2009 and October 2010. During the same time frame, however, prices rose.
The median price is now $220,000 - up $20,000 from a year ago.

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Economy
8:02 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Natural oysters up in RI waters

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – At Roger Williams University in Bristol, water rushes into a bathtub-sized tank on a dock at Mount Hope Bay. Dale Leavitt, an associate professor of marine biology, removes a cover revealing quahogs and oysters.

"If you look in here, these are all baby oysters that we've reared up this summer," Leavitt says. "We like to think of them as about the size of a quarter."

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Top Stories
7:43 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Gas prices continue to climb in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gas prices keep going up in Rhode Island and have hit the highest number all year, $3.04 per gallon.

AAA Southern New England says its weekly gas survey finds a gallon of regular unleaded was up two cents a gallon from last week. That's the fourth straight week that prices have risen.

Prices in Rhode Island are 19 cents above the national average of $2.85 per gallon.

They're 14 percent higher than at this time last year, when a gallon of gas cost $2.66.

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NPR WORLD
7:43 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Leaked cables contain surprising details about Iran

NPR WORLD
7:40 am
Tue November 30, 2010

WikiLeaks: China is frustrated with North Korea

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7:37 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Amtrak policy allows unloaded guns on some trains

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Amtrak says a new policy allowing unloaded guns on trains will not apply to the Acela and Northeast Regional lines that run through Providence.

Starting December 15th passengers will be allowed to pack unloaded guns in checked baggage, providing the trains and train stations offer checked baggage service.

Amtrak said that means the gun policy applies mainly to long distance routes. Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said passengers also need to give Amtrak 24-hour notice.

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