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12:09 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Gemma announces bid for RI congressional seat

Anthony Gemma at the formal announcement of his congressional bid. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – Businessman and philanthropist Anthony Gemma this morning announced his Democratic campaign for the congressional seat held by Patrick Kennedy.

Gemma told supporters at a Providence Place movie theater that he wants to involve more people in shaping government decisions. He says Rhode Island's top state and federal officials should also hold "board" meetings to work together on major issues.

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RIPR News
4:53 am
Tue June 15, 2010

In RI, deadline looms to make party switch

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island voters seeking to cast ballots in a different political party's primary election must disaffiliate from their current party by Wednesday.

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis says voters can change their affiliation by contacting their local board of canvassers. But Wednesday is the deadline.

The primary is Sept. 14.

Mollis says 700,000 Rhode Islanders, a record high, registered to vote in the 2008 elections.

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Top Stories
4:51 am
Tue June 15, 2010

RI governor signs changes to receivership law

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has signed legislation that would prohibit the state's cities and towns from entering judicial receivership.

The bill was prompted by Central Falls' decision last month to go into receivership. A judge appointed an outside lawyer, Jonathan Savage, to act as temporary receiver for the financially troubled city and gave him oversight of its finances.

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4:50 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Judge denies government request in Wyatt death case

Providence, R.I. – A judge has denied the federal government's request to be dismissed from a lawsuit over the death of an immigration detainee in Rhode Island.

Hiu Lui ``Jason'' Ng died of advanced liver cancer in August 2008 in the custody of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility. A federal lawsuit filed by his widow accuses Wyatt staff of abusing and medically neglecting Ng, a Chinese computer engineer from New York who was detained for overstaying a visa.

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RIPR News
1:17 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

RI governor to sign wind farm legislation

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri says he'll sign a bill that speeds regulatory oversight of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Block Island.

Carcieri says he'll sign the bill Tuesday. The legislation was approved by the General Assembly last week. The state Public Utilities Commission in March rejected a 20-year contract for Deepwater Wind to build an eight-turbine wind farm because it would cost ratepayers too much money.

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Local Features
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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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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