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4:59 am
Thu June 3, 2010

RI has 2nd fewest gun deaths, policy group finds

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island has the second lowest rate of gun deaths in the country. That word from the Violence Policy Center of Washington.

Of the 50 states, only Hawaii has fewer gun deaths per 100,000 residents than Rhode Island. The Violence Policy Center used 2007 crime data to draw its conclusions. The Center's legislative director, Kristen Rand, says the Ocean State has two thirds fewer gun deaths than the national average because so few Rhode Islanders own guns.

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RIPR News
4:57 am
Thu June 3, 2010

RI House takes up budget

WRNI file photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this afternoon on an almost $8 billion dollar budget.

The budget closes a $570 dollar deficit for the current and next fiscal years. One of the most controversial elements is the withholding from cities and towns of $133 million in car tax revenue for fiscal 2011. And House spokesman Larry Berman says lawmakers continue to rely on $100 million in federal money that has yet to be allocated.

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RIPR News
4:53 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Langevin leads fundraising in RI congressional race

Providence, R.I. – Congressman James Langevin has a big fundraising advantage as he begins his reelection campaign.

Langevin has outraised his Democratic and Republican rivals by a better than three-to-one margin. Langevin's most recent filing with the federal election commission shows a campaign balance of almost $420,000. His next closest competitor, fellow Democrat Betsy Dennigan, reported a $138,000 balance.

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RIPR News
4:52 am
Thu June 3, 2010

RI House approves bill aimed at strengthening ethics law

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island voters are a step closer to deciding whether state lawmakers can face Ethics Commission prosecution for their votes at the Statehouse.

The House of Representatives has approved a ballot question authorizing the quasi judicial panel to investigate and prosecute lawmakers on the basis of their votes and other legislative acts.

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RIPR News
4:49 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Judge says no early release for former RI lawmaker

Providence, R.I. – A federal judge says a former Rhode Island lawmaker who pleaded guilty to corruption charges must remain behind bars.

Former House Majority Leader Gerard Martineau had asked U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi to shorten his sentence.

Martineau cited a state Supreme Court opinion last year that said state lawmakers can't be prosecuted for improper votes. But Lisi ruled that the state court decision had no bearing on his federal case.

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RIPR News
12:02 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

RIPTA to hold hearings on proposed rate hikes

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has scheduled a series of public hearings on proposed fare increases the agency says it needs to balance its budget.

The increases are roughly 14 percent, with variations depending on the kind of ticket. Under the proposal, a single-trip bus fare would rise to $2 from $1.75, while a 15-ride would jump to $26 from $23 and a monthly pass would go to $62 from $55.

Transit advocates say a fare hike is a better option than service cuts.

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RIPR News
11:34 am
Wed June 2, 2010

RI lawmakers to vote on ethics bill

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers are preparing to debate a constitutional amendment that would allow them to be prosecuted for their votes by the state Ethics Commission.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to authorize a ballot question that, if approved by voters, would restore the panel's authority to prosecute lawmakers for conflict of interest on the basis of votes they cast.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Bill Gale reviews the newest production from Providence's Everett Dance Theatre

Providence, R.I. – Providence's Everett Dance Theatre is once again on boards. Bill gale has the review.

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One Square Mile: West Warwick
9:36 am
Wed June 2, 2010

One Square Mile: West Warwick

West Warwick, R.I. – Hear the hour long One Square Mile: West Warwick program here.

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RIPR News
8:02 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Cranston firefighters to accept pay freeze

Cranston, R.I. – Cranston firefighters will accept a two-year pay freeze under a tentative agreement with the city.

The agreement is to be introduced to the City Council next Monday. It also calls for civilians to handle dispatch calls and for the department to maintain its 17 current vacancies.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says the deal will save the city more than $4 million over three years. The mayor says the city faces a ``dire plight'' due to cuts in state aid and says structural changes are needed.

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