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4:54 am
Sun June 6, 2010

In down economy, RI parks see a boost

Fishermen's Memorial State Park in Narragansett. Photo courtesy of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Providence, R.I. – When Eleanor Dove Harris wants to get away she doesn't go far from her Charlestown home. She and her husband camp out at Burlingame State Park, just 20 minutes away.

"My husband and I came to a place not too long ago where we realized we lived in this vacation destination Mecca and as often as we want to go elsewhere we've learned we have beautiful oceans and parks right here," she said.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
10:04 am
Sat June 5, 2010

Gryphon by Charles Baxter

Providence, RI – Resident acting company members Angela Brazil, Janice Duclos and Joe Wilson,
Jr. join /Curt Columbus join and host Bob Seay. Recorded LIVE at Trinity Rep
on May 24, 2010.

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RIPR News
9:58 am
Fri June 4, 2010

RI House passes budget in late night session

House Minority Leader Robert Watson speaks during the budget session. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – The House budget reduces the state's car-tax exemption from $6,000 to the first $500 of a car's value. The budget also gives cities and towns the ability to tax the cars of their residents after that initial $500 in value. Rep. Roberto DaSilva of East Providence says it's unfair to target cars worth a few thousand dollars when there's no similar tax on yachts.

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RIPR News
5:26 am
Fri June 4, 2010

The fallout from the oil spill and more on this week's Roundtable

Brown University Political Science Professor Wendy Schiller is this week's guest on Political Roundtable. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – This week - we consider the political fall-out of the oil spill, a new poll in the Governor's race, and who pays the price for the state's budget squeeze. Here's WRNI's Anthony Brooks filling in for Ian Donnils.

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RIPR News
5:10 am
Fri June 4, 2010

RI education officials to reconsider charter school's fate

Providence, R.I. – The state Board of Education has voted to reconsider the future of the Highlander Charter School after an emotional meeting last night. The Providence elementary and middle school faces a two-year probationary period due to concerns about test scores. But testimony from dozens of parents, teachers and students convinced the board to postpone the decision.

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RIPR News
5:07 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Transportation Secretary optimistic about Providence transit plan

Providence, R.I. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Providence yesterday. He didn't come bearing gifts but he left a little hope.

After touring the city by trolley, LaHood said there is a good chance the federal government will fund Transit 2020 - the capital city's ambitious plan to get people out of their cars and onto mass transit.

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RIPR News
11:58 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Transportation secretary visits RI today

Providence, R.I. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood plans to express his concerns to some Rhode Island students about distracted driving.

LaHood is scheduled to speak to teens at Westerly High School on Thursday about the dangers of texting or other distractions while driving.

LaHood is also scheduled later in the day to take a trolley tour of Providence with Mayor David Cicilline and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.

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RIPR News
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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