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4:50 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

RI man being charged in death of his girlfriend

Pawtucket, R.I. – Pawtucket police are charging a man in the death of his girlfriend.

Police say Armando Garcia will be charged with murder in Providence District Court on Monday.

The woman, identified as 30-year-old Brooke Verdoia, was found Saturday by relatives inside her Rufus Street home. Her missing car was also recovered.

Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins said Garcia and Verdoia were romantically involved. He would not describe the evidence that led police to pursue a murder charge against Garcia, who was being held on other charges in the case.

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RIPR News
2:50 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

RI turns former ice cream plant into affordable housing for released inmates

Providence, R.I. – A $4.3 million project to turn a former Providence ice cream plant into affordable apartments for former inmates trying to reintegrate into society is kicking off.

Mayor David Cicilline and Rhode Island prisons chief A.T. Wall are scheduled to attend Monday's groundbreaking ceremony on Plainfield Street.

The project is being developed by the nonprofit OpenDoors. The organization plans to move its offices into the building, which will include 19 apartments. It will also assist tenants by providing counseling and helping with job searches.

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RIPR News
1:57 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Puerto Rico extends deadline for birth certificate changes

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Islanders born in Puerto Rico will be able to use their current birth certificates to apply for licenses for a few more months while the Puerto Rican government switches to more secure forms of identification.

Puerto Rico will begin issuing new birth certificates on July 1 as part of a fraud-reduction initiative. But the current birth certificates will still be valid for official transactions until September 30, officials said after extending the original deadline by three months.

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RIPR News
1:13 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Prosecuters say court opinion has no effect on corruption case

Providence, R.I. – Federal prosecutors say a new U.S. Supreme Court opinion on white-collar crime should not affect the corruption conviction of a former hospital executive.

A lawyer for Robert Urciuoli told a federal appeals court last week that the decision limiting the use of a federal statute that targets corruption and white-collar crime had ``significant bearing'' on his case. He asked for permission to file a new brief.

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RIPR News
1:10 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Gas prices in RI rise by a penny, AAA says

Providence, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have gone up for the second week in a row as travelers prepare for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

AAA Southern New England says in its weekly survey Monday that self-serve regular unleaded is averaging $2.76 a gallon, or a penny more than last week.

That price is equal to the national average and seven cents above the average from the same time last year.

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RIPR News
1:07 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Heat advisory for RI: residents told to stay cool

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island health officials are urging people to stay out of the sun as temperatures in the state top 90 degrees.

The state health department issued a heat advisory on Monday, saying people should seek out air conditioning, drink fluids and wear light-colored clothing.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 92 degrees for Monday afternoon, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Charlie Foley, a meteorologist with the service, says the record high for June 28 was 96 degrees in 1991.

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RIPR News
10:34 am
Mon June 28, 2010

RI Democratic convention tonight in Providence

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's political parties will meet to decide their picks for governor, Patrick Kennedy's House seat and other political offices.

Democrats hold their statewide convention Monday in Providence. Republicans meet Wednesday in Cranston.

Four Democrats are vying for Kennedy's congressional seat. Kennedy decided not to seek re-election.

They are Providence Mayor David Cicilline, former party Chairman Bill Lynch, state Rep. David Segal and businessman Anthony Gemma.

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7:37 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Fort Adams photo gallery

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RIPR News
6:36 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Skills deficit keeps Rhode Islanders unemployed

Providence, R.I. – A lack of jobs is only part of the reason Rhode Island has the nation's fourth highest unemployment rate.

The truth is jobs -- good jobs -- go begging every day because Rhode Islanders don't have the skills necessary to carry them out.

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RIPR News
6:21 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Reed praises Petraeus in wake of McChrystal dismissal

Providence, R.I. – Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Senator Jack Reed, a member of the Armed Services committee, had high praise for Gen. David Petraeus, who is taking over Afghanistan commanding duties from the disgraced Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

"General Petraeus will get on the ground. He's been very effective in pulling together in Iraq not only the American effort but the host country and I think he'll be equally successful in Afghanistan," Reed said.

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