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7:20 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Whitehouse optimistic about McConnell nomination

Providence, R.I. – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he's confident President Barack Obama will resubmit a stalled judicial nomination for the federal court in Rhode Island.

Whitehouse also says he's optimistic that Jack McConnell will ultimately win Senate approval. McConnell was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the full Senate adjourned without taking up the nomination.

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RIPR News
7:12 am
Wed August 11, 2010

National Grid, Deepwater Wind deal gets green light

Providence, RI – A divided Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission has approved a power-purchase agreement between National Grid and Deepwater Wind.

The approval is a key step for Deepwater's plan to build an eight-turbine wind farm off Block Island.

Commissioner Mary Bray was the lone dissenting vote on three of four conditions for approval. The increased price for electricity in the agreement - slightly more than 24 cents per kilowatt-hour - will hurt business, Bray says.

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Local Features
6:39 am
Wed August 11, 2010

RI development director defends Schilling deal

State Economic Development Director Keith Stokes is pictured during an interview with WRNI's Bob Seay. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – Video games are far from child's play anymore. In Rhode Island, they're part of what some call a high stakes game aimed at bolstering a sector of the economy and generating well paying jobs. Last month the state Economic Development Corporation approved a $75 million loan guarantee to a video game development company founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

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RIPR News
8:38 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Interviews to begin for RI Family Court chief justice

Providence, R.I. – Interviews begin today for a new chief justice to lead the Rhode Island Family Court. Several groups have recently criticized the court and its outgoing chief justice Jeremiah Jeremiah.

Jeremiah is the target of an ACLU lawsuit that alleges the court's truancy program violates due process rights for children and families. A report released earlier this year by the Coalition Against Domestic Violence also criticized the court.

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Morning News Podcast
8:33 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

Local Features
8:15 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "The Full Monty" at Theatre by the Sea

Providence, R.I. – It's hard to believe but the summer theater season is on the way out. In Matunuck, Theatre by the Sea has opened its final musical, the British-born "The Full Monty." Bill Gale has the review.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Full Monty continues at Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck through August 29th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.

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Local Features
8:15 am
Tue August 10, 2010

New film chronicles life of Newport's last grand dame

Eileen Slocum is pictured here. Photo courtesy of G. Wayne Miller.

Providence, R.I. – When she passed away two years ago at the age of 92, Eileen Slocum was known as Newport's last grand dame. Over the years, Slocum welcomed a sitting president, presidential candidates, billionaires and European royalty at he home at 459 Bellevue Ave.

Now a new film about her life, titled "Behind the Hedgerow," is set to debut at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. It's the second film by G. Wayne Miller, a longtime staff writer at The Providence Journal.

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RIPR News
2:21 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner

Providence, R.I. – After searching five miles of the Taunton River over several hours, the Coast Guard is suspending its sea and air hunt for a missing mariner.

Two coast guard vessels and a helicopter were unable to spot the man who went overboard after his boat hit a cement pier in the river around 11 last night.

Today's search was near the Braga Bridge in Fall River. The man's name hasn't been released.

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RIPR News
12:17 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

New report tracks government spending in RI

Providence, R.I. – A new report finds the largest amount of public spending in Rhode Island goes towards elementary and secondary education and vendor payments, primarily Medicaid and other health care programs.

According to the business-backed group Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, or RIPEC, the two categories make up 60 percent of government spending in the Ocean State. The group says education and vendor payments represent the largest area of spending in most states.

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Morning News Podcast
8:58 am
Mon August 9, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, August 9, 2010.

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