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4:33 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "Dolly!"

Matanuch, R.I. – Well, hello, "Dolly!" It's good to have you back where you belong, on the musical stage.

At Theatre-by-the-Sea in Matunuck "Hello, Dolly!" that wonderfully glitzy, ever so old-timey, ever so American, musical is receiving the splendid, loving, carefully accurate production it deserves.

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1:50 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Cranston sends incorrect car tax bills

Cranston, R.I. – People who live in Cranston and own cars built between 1986 and 1992 received car tax bills in error that will soon be replaced.

The city says the depreciation values were incorrectly reflected so the bills were higher than they should have been. New bills will be issued in the next two weeks, along with a new payment date.

Cars built before 1986 and after 1993 received correct excise tax bills that should be paid accordingly.

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1:34 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

National Grid and Block Island wind farm sign new contract

Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri says National Grid has signed a new 20-year agreement to buy electricity generated by Deepwater Wind's wind farm off of Block Island.

The agreement caps the price of electricity from Deepwater's Block Island wind farm at 24 cents per kilowatt-hour in its first year of operation.

Once the agreement is submitted, the state public utilities commission will have 45 days to make a decision on it.

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1:27 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Newport welcomes America's Cup trophy

Newport. R.I. – The America's Cup trophy is on display in Newport, as the city competes to host the next edition of the international sailing competition.

State and federal officials on Thursday made an aggressive sales pitch, declaring Newport the country's sailing capital and saying that the race could reinvigorate the state's economy.

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1:12 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Sen. Connors won't seek re-election

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Daniel Connors says he won't seek re-election.

The Cumberland Democrat said in a statement Wednesday that it was becoming increasingly difficult to perform his Senate duties while at the same time building a law practice.

He said he was particularly proud that during his time in the Legislature the state adopted a fair education funding formula; adopted major tax reform; and made the state more business friendly.

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1:09 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Jury in ex-RI trooper's assault trial deliberates

South Kingston, R.I. – Jurors in the trial of a former Rhode Island state trooper accused of assaulting a man in police custody have started deliberations.

The jury deliberated for about two hours Wednesday after hearing closing statements from prosecutors and defense lawyers in the trial of Jeffrey Clark.

Clark is being retried for felony assault and other charges for allegedly punching William Skwirz Jr. as Skwirz sat handcuffed in the back of a South Kingstown police cruiser.

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1:06 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Newport celebrates America's Cup trophy visit

Newport. R.I. – Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri and other officials are in Newport to welcome the America's Cup trophy and make a push to bring the race back to the city for the first time since the 1980s.

The BMW Oracle Racing sailing team won the 33rd America's Cup regatta in February and are taking the trophy on a victory tour, which stops in Newport on Thursday.

Newport wants to host the 34th edition of the competition.

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Arts & Culture
10:31 am
Thu July 1, 2010

Rhode Map - Block Island

Block Island, RI – An extended interview with Jim Ortel and John Hirsch about their relationship with Block Island. Ortel is a year-round Block Island resident, cyclist, father, husband, and owner of Block Island Sport Shop. Hirsch is a professional cyclist, member of the Block Island Vela Club, and a public defender in NYC. He has been coming to Block Island since he was a child.

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5:42 am
Thu July 1, 2010

RI GOP endorses a host of candidates

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Republicans have endorsed John Robitaille for governor and a slate of other candidates after getting a pep talk from national GOP Chairman Michael Steele about the party's chances in the heavily Democratic state.

Steele told the crowd Wednesday the state party is well-positioned to make gains in the General Assembly, something state party Chairman Giovanni Cicione has made a
key strategy for November.

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5:39 am
Thu July 1, 2010

Gear from record-setting tennis match heads to Newport

Providence, R.I. – A racket and shirt Nicolas Mahut used for his record-setting match at Wimbledon will go on display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The Frenchman tells The Associated Press that he will donate the artifacts when he goes to the Newport, R.I., museum for next week's Hall of Fame Championships.

Hall spokeswoman Anne Marie McLaughlin says there will be a presentation on Saturday, before the draw party for the only professional grass-court tournament in North America.

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