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4:48 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Wall Street Journal unhappy with nominee for U.S. District Court

Providence, R.I. – A Providence lawyer nominated to the federal bench continues to face opposition from the business community.

The latest jab at John J. McConnell Jr., President Barack Obama's pick for the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, came in today's editorial in the Wall Street Journal condemning the former treasurer of the Rhode Island Democratic Party for being anti-business.

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RIPR News
3:27 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Horse shoe enthusiasts say it's more than a pastime

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Clark.

Coventry, R.I. – It turns out that tossing horseshoes isn't just a back yard activity, it's also a regulated sport, with a series of official tournaments around New England. WRNI's Megan Hall went to the Rhode Island Horse Shoe Pitchers Association in Coventry to hear from the experts and produced this audio postcard.

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RIPR News
2:51 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Scott MacKay: focus on illegal immigration is nothing new

Providence, RI – The Massachusetts Senate just passed an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants. In Rhode Island, the General Assembly has been ensnared in a series of immigration jousts, most recently over a measure that would have forced virtually every business in the state to use federal electronic database to verify the citizenship status of all new hires.

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RIPR News
2:45 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Former town councilors plead not guilty on corruption charges

North Providence, R.I. – The three former North Providence town councilors accused in a corruption case this morning entered "not guilty" pleas in U.S. District Court.

Former councilors Joseph Burchfield, Raymond Douglas III and John Zambarano appeared before Magistrate Judge Davis Martin.

The trio is accused of having accepted a bribe of $25 thousand in exchange for voting in favor of a zoning change for a retail development project.

The three defendants remain free on unsecured bond.

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Education
2:43 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Pick for Central Falls principal misstated record on resume

Central Falls, R.I. – One of two new principals chosen to lead Central Falls High School through a series of state-ordered reforms overstated some accomplishments on his resume.

Sonn Sam, a principal since 2006 at the Met School in Providence, said he raised math scores on standardized state tests by 79 percent.

In fact, math scores at the Met have been flat since 2007, and just 4 percent of students reached proficiency last year.

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RIPR News
2:23 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Warwick police make arrests in synagogue vandalism case

Warwick, R.I. – Warwick police have arrested two men for the vandalism last week of Temple Am David after a Jewish police officer provided the break in the case.

The officer heard talk last week of who might be responsible for painting a swastika and a racial epithet on the Jewish synagogue, and he turned the information over to Warwick Police.

Last night, police arrested 20-year-old Ryan Johnson and a male teenager who is too young to be identified.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
7:57 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Trinity Rep live, June 2010

Providence, R.I. – Hear a live recording of Trinity Rep Radio Theater.

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RIPR News
6:49 am
Mon June 7, 2010

RI state senator not hopeful about prospects for dog leash bill

Providence, R.I. – State Sen. John Tassoni could be known as Senator Humane. He's gotten legislation passed that requires the spaying and neutering of shelter pets and has abolished the use of gas in euthanizing pets. But he's having a tough time with another issue: the tethering of dogs outdoors.

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RIPR News
5:13 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Weather Service cancels tornado watch

Hartford, Conn. – The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado watch for much of New England and says the storm is over.

The tornado watch had been in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday for all of Connecticut and Massachusetts except Cape Cod and the islands, all of Rhode Island except Block Island, southern Vermont and southern New Hampshire.

The National Weather Service says there had been reports of funnel clouds in the region but no confirmed sightings of a tornado.

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RIPR News
5:12 am
Mon June 7, 2010

First televised RI gubernatorial debate this week

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's gubernatorial candidates are facing off this week in their first live televised debate.The candidates will meet Thursday evening at the University of Rhode Island in a debate airing on WPRI-TV.

They're vying to replace Republican Gov. Don Carcieri who is barred by term limits from seeking another four-year term.

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