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4:50 am
Fri June 11, 2010

RI funding formula bill headed to Carcieri's desk

Providence, R.I. – A bill on its way to Governor Carcieri's desk would change the way Rhode Island public schools get funding from the state.

The bill passed last night by the state legislature would calculate each district's share of funding based on current student enrollment, with additional funds allocated for low-income students.

The bill also calls for a $15.5 million increase in overall state funding for education, which is meant to ease the blow to districts that will lose money under the new system.

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Political Roundtable
4:48 am
Fri June 11, 2010

The legislative session wraps up and more on Roundtable

Providence, R.I. – The General Assembly races to the finish. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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Politics
4:44 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Chafee, Caprio highlight tax issue at first televised debate for governor

Providence, R.I. – The six major candidates for governor last night squared off during their first televised debate.

Exchanges between independent candidate Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio highlighted the Channel 12 debate. Chafee says his proposed temporary sales tax increase is better than passing on property tax hikes to local taxpayers. He says his proposal would mean 50 cents in tax on a $50 clothing purchase.

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RIPR News
4:18 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Regulators weigh 5-year southern NE lobstering ban

Boston, MA – Lobstermen in southern New England are facing a possible five-year fishing ban to help depleted stocks.
Biologists made the drastic recommendation to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regulators. They acknowledge``catastrophic effects'' on local lobstermen, but say the move is needed to rebuild the lobster to sustainable levels.
But Rhode Island lobsterman Bill McElroy said Thursday it would be ``a death sentence'' to the industry in the southern New England region _ which extends from Cape Cod to North Carolina.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Debate postponed over Providence lawyer nominated to federal bench

Providence, R.I. – The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed the debate over a Providence lawyer and activist up for a spot on the federal court in Rhode Island.

John McConnell Jr., who was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position in March, will have to wait until next week for the debate.

The hearing was postponed to give McConnell's opponents more time to discuss his history of leading lawsuits against manufacturers and businesses - a history they say makes him unsuitably partisan for a federal court.

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RIPR News
3:21 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

United invests in remote medical equipment

Providence, R.I. – Doctors may be examining Rhode Island patients over the Internet in the near future.

United Health Care is investing in equipment that allows specialists to examine wounds, perform ultrasounds and offer other services remotely. Spokesperson Debora Spano says even in a state the size of Rhode Island, some patients have trouble reaching their doctors in person.

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RIPR News
3:19 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

103-year-old Statehouse doorman says he's retiring

Providence, R.I. – He is 103 years old and finally Frank DiPaolo is retiring after 32 years as a Statehouse door keeper. Or is he?

DiPaolo's friends showed up at the Statehouse to celebrate the retirement of the 103-year-old house doorkeeper.

Dipaolo, a political fixture in Providence's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, helped Patrick Kennedy win his first political race. It was a 1988 campaign for state representative from the neighborhood surrounding Providence College, where at the time Kennedy was a student.

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Top Stories
3:15 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Another Providence officer arrested in drug dealing sting

State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty, left, and state Attorney General Patrick Lynch, right, pictured at a news conference yesterday. Photo by Megan Hall.

Providence, R.I. – A total of 24 individuals, including five law enforcement officials, are now charged in a local drug investigation dubbed "Operation Deception."

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RIPR News
3:11 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "A Chorus Line"

Providence, R.I. – Can it really be that Michael Bennett's "A Chorus Line" is approaching middle age? That its first performances, at the Public Theater in New York's Greenwich
Village, took place more than 35 years ago?

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RIPR News
3:06 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Brown prof. discusses new report on enhanced interrogation

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