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12:37 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Langevin to preside over House session

Providence, R.I. – Rep. Jim Langevin, a quadriplegic, will preside over the House for the first time, a milestone that coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Rhode Island Democrat will use a newly installed mechanical lift system on Monday to gain access to the speaker's rostrum. Langevin has used a wheelchair since being paralyzed in a shooting accident as a teenager. He was elected in 2000.

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Morning News Podcast
10:18 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Hear the daily morning podcast for Monday, July 26, 2010.

RIPR News
7:41 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Candidates raise concerns about proposed Schilling business deal

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's five main gubernatorial candidates say they have concerns about a proposal from the state Economic Development Corporation to offer a $75 million loan
guarantee to a game development company founded by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

The EDC is meeting Monday to discuss and likely vote on terms and conditions of a deal to bring 38 Studios from its current location in Maynard, Mass., to Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
7:36 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Bridge construction moving along ahead of schedule

Providence, R.I. – A state transportation official says construction of a Sakonnet River Bridge is a month ahead of schedule.

Lawrence K. Bailey, the Department of Transportation engineer in charge of the project, says construction is about 40 percent complete and work is moving along without snags.

The general contractor is a month ahead of schedule. If it continues with the pace, it can collect some of the $10,000-a-day incentive for early completion that is part of the $163.7-million contract.

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Morning News Podcast
9:39 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Hear the daily morning podcast for Friday, July 23, 2010.

RIPR News
6:19 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Federal prosecutors in RI want Urcioli to begin 3-year sentence

Providence, R.I. – Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island want a former hospital executive convicted of corruption to report to prison now that his appeal has been rejected.

Yesterday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the fraud and conspiracy convictions of Robert Urciuoli, the former president and CEO of Roger Williams
Medical Center. Urciuoli was convicted of paying off a state senator for political favors.

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Political Roundtable
6:12 am
Fri July 23, 2010

The Central Falls takeover and more on Roundtable

WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay, left, and special guest, Susan Heroux, an activist with Queer Action of Rhode Island. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – A state-appointed receiver takes control in Central Falls. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Joining us as usual is University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley, and WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay. Our special guest is Susan Heroux, an activist with Queer Action of Rhode Island. She also blogs about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

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RIPR News
6:11 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Meeting in RI, officials kill proposed lobster regulations

Providence, R.I. – A proposal to ban lobster fishing over a vast stretch of the East Coast has been killed after lobstermen said it would do "almost biblical" damage to the industry.

The board that advises the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on lobster rules voted yesterday to consider lesser reductions in the catch _ or no new restrictions at all.

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RIPR News
2:37 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Regulators consider 5-year lobstering ban

Warwick, R.I. – Dozens of lobstermen have traveled to Rhode Island to speak out against a proposed ban on lobstering in waters south of Cape Cod.

The board that advises the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on lobster rules is meeting Thursday in Warwick. A final decision isn't expected until late this year.

Among the options being considered to deal with a crash in the lobster population in the region is a five-year moratorium on lobstering south of Cape Cod to North Carolina.

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RIPR News
2:19 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

State housing prices on the rise

Warwick, R.I. – Sales of single-family homes in Rhode Island jumped 11 percent last month when compared to June 2009, while the median price was up 5 percent.

The Rhode Island Association of Realtors reported Thursday that 897 single-family homes were sold last month, compared to 805 in the year-ago period and far above the 667 sales in May.

While sales traditionally jump from May to June, the organization says this year's increase is due in part to the federal homebuyer's tax credit.

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