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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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WRNI VIDEO
7:37 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Fort Adams photo gallery

Providence, R.I. –

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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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RIPR News
6:17 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Public hearing scheduled on RI medical marijuana applicants

Providence, R.I. – The public will have an opportunity to speak for or against the 15 applications for Rhode Island's first stores selling medical marijuana.

A public hearing on the planned compassion centers is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the state Department of Health.

Health spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says it's an opportunity for people to weigh in on the 15 applicants. She says it's not meant as a forum to air views on the issue of medical marijuana, but to discuss the pluses or minuses of specific proposals.

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Local Features
5:18 am
Mon June 28, 2010

A new vision for Fort Adams

Roof with a view: Jack McCormack, Site Manager at the Fort Adams Land Trust, walks along the roof over the western wall of the fort. Photo by Frank Mullin.

Providence, R.I. – If you want to see the inside of Fort Adams in Newport, you won't get very far without a tour guide.But supporters of the fort want to change that. A plan they're working on sees the fort transformed into a open fort, with picnicking, arts festivals and performances.

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RIPR News
9:01 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Doctors frustrated by legislative actions on Medicare payouts

Providence, R.I. – This week, doctors across the U.S. were hit with a 21 percent decrease in the amount they receive from Medicare. The pay-cut is a result of a Medicare funding law passed years ago.

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Political Roundtable
4:32 am
Fri June 25, 2010

The new funding formula and the casino veto on Roundtable

Providence, R.I. – This week Governor Don Carcieri vetoed a bill to expand casino gambling in Rhode Island, and signed into law a new education funding formula. That's all part of the discussion on Political Roundtable, our weekly discussion of Rhode Island news and politics. Here's WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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RIPR News
4:59 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Police will hold gun buybacks this weekend

Providence, R.I. – Providence Police are trading guns for gift cards this weekend as part of an effort to reduce violence.

The police are partnering with community organizations and religious groups to provide Walmart gift cards to anyone who voluntarily turns in a firearm.

"We made a commitment, at the beginning of this year, that we would redouble our efforts, whether it was doubling the size of the gang unit, running more programs for kids after school and in the summer, or buying guns off the street," said Dean Esserman, chief of the Providence Police Department.

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RIPR News
3:38 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Court ruling may affect corruption appeal

Providence, R.I. – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to limit prosecutors' use of the ``honest services'' fraud statute could factor into the corruption appeal of a Providence hospital executive.

Robert Urciuoli, the former president and chief executive of Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, was convicted of hiring former state senator John Celona to do the hospital's Statehouse bidding. He has appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which hasn't ruled.

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