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12:13 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Summer job prospects bleak for RI teens

Nineteen-year-old Jay Harris has been looking for a job without success for a year. A recent graduate of Central High School, he doesn't know what he'll do this summer. Photo By Flo Jonic.

Providence, R.I. – For many kids, a summer job is not only a way to earn some spending money, but also a way to stay out of trouble. But this summer could be a hot and boring one for thousands of Rhode Island kids who are struggling to find work. According to employment experts, the recession has taken a hit on the teenage summer jobs market.

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RIPR News
12:10 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Gas prices in RI drop again

Providence, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have dropped another penny.

AAA Southern New England says in its weekly survey that self-serve regular unleaded is averaging $2.74 per gallon. That's a penny less than last week and a five-cent decrease over the last two weeks.

AAA says the current price is five cents above the national average and nine cents higher than the average from a year ago at this time.

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RIPR News
11:15 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Scientist details role of URI vessel in oil spill research

Providence, R.I. – As the nation faces ongoing concerns about the BP oil spill, scientists on nearby Cape Cod are being deployed to the gulf to find out more about the leaking oil. They'll be conducting their study aboard the University of Rhode Island's Endeavor vessel, which left the Ocean State last week for the Gulf Coast. Chris Reddy is lead researcher on the project. He spoke by phone with Morning Edition host Bob Seay by phone from Cape Cod.

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Politics
5:58 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Scott MacKay weighs in on the new tax law

Providence, R.I. – Last week, Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri signed into law an overhaul of the state's income tax system. At the signing ceremony, the Republican Governor was joined and cheered by Democratic General Assembly leaders. But WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says many Rhode Islanders might not be cheering about the new law when they pay their taxes next year.

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RIPR News
4:38 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Gemma entering RI congressional race

Providence, R.I. – A fourth Democrat is jumping into the race to succeed Rep. Patrick Kennedy in Congress.

Anthony Gemma will officially announce his run Tuesday at a campaign kickoff at Providence Place mall.

Gemma joins a Democratic field that includes Providence Mayor David Cicilline, former Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch and state Rep. David Segal.

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RIPR News
4:38 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Regional ports predicting record cruise ship season

Portland, Maine – New England ports are seeing a bright spot on the horizon as they prepare for what they expect will be a record number of cruise ships during the tourism season this year.

New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces have been growing in popularity among cruise lines, and this year could be the busiest yet.

Maine ports are expecting 335 cruise ship calls this year, up from 281 last year. Boston is anticipating a record 300,000-plus cruise ship passengers to pass through its port.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
12:35 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

This I Believe: Drawing inspiration from books

Providence, R.I. – Think back to your adolescence and you can probably identify a person or two who had a profound influence on your life, perhaps a beloved teacher, a neighbor or perhaps a relative. As this week's essayist, 13-year-old Caroline Moore tells us, sometimes we find these people between the covers of a remarkably compelling book.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
12:34 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

This I Believe: Drawing inspiration from books

Providence, R.I. – Think back to your adolescence and you can probably identify a person or two who had a profound influence on your life, perhaps a beloved teacher, a neighbor or perhaps a relative. As this week's essayist, 13-year-old Caroline Moore tells us, sometimes we find these people between the covers of a remarkably compelling book.

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RIPR News
7:58 am
Fri June 11, 2010

RI lawmakers approve casino bill

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island House of Representatives has approved a bill to let voters decide on expanded gambling in the state.

The bill authorizes a voter referendum on converting the state's two slot parlors, Newport Grand and Twin River, into full-scale casinos with table games.

The bill would let voters approve or reject creating two state-operated casinos at the facilities.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Remembering Trinity Rep's DeeDee Cumming

Photo Courtesy of Trinity Repertory Company.

Providence, R.I. – Tomorrow morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Trinity Repertory Company will hold a memorial service for Richard Cumming, one of its own. Bill Gale takes a look back over the years.

If tomorrow's memorial is truly all about the man called Dee Dee, it will be filled with music and laughter. Sure, there will be serious moments for Cumming, who died last November at 81.

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