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4:49 am
Thu June 17, 2010

RI governor concerned about casino bill

Providence, R.I. – Governor Carcieri has some concerns about the casino legislation passed last week by the General Assembly.

Carcieri spokeswoman Amy Kempe says a review of the legislation by the governor and his staff will continue today.

"The governor does have some concerns," Kempe says. Most notably that the legislation mandates the city of Newport to put the question on the ballot in November despite the opposition of the city council."

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RIPR News
4:47 am
Thu June 17, 2010

RI authorities warn about phone scam

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island attorney general's office is warning consumers about a scam in which the con artist identifies himself as a law enforcement officer.

Scam artists have been calling Rhode Islanders saying they're law enforcement officers attempting to collect a debt. In some cases the debt is an Internet payday loan that was either repaid or never taken out.

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RIPR News
4:44 am
Thu June 17, 2010

In tough economy, RI students stay close to home

The entrance to Rhode Island College is pictured here. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – As high schools around the state hold graduation ceremonies this month, many students and families are confronting the daunting task of paying for college. In a difficult economy, with rising college costs, a growing number of Rhode Islanders are choosing to state colleges instead of more costly out of state schools.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:35 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Surprises

Providence, RI – Life is full of lovely surprises, and they're especially fun when we least expect them. Rita Lussier provides us with a delightful reminder of life's occasionally wondrous surprises.

Lussier's column, For the Moment, appears each Wednesday in The Providence Journal. Recently, she took first place in the 2010 Erma Bombeck writing competition, an honor she also won in 2006. Her essays have been featured as well in The Boston Globe.

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7:09 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Several RI beaches closed over bacteria levels

File photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – High bacteria levels in the water prompted the Department of Health to close four beaches to swimming.

The beaches include the Atlantic Beach Club, Third Beach and Peabody's Beach in Middletown, and the town beach in Warren.

Water quality will continue to be monitored and the beaches re-opened for swimming when it's determined the water is safe.

Updated information about swimming at Rhode Island beaches is available at the DOH Web site or at 401-222-2751.

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RIPR News
4:53 am
Wed June 16, 2010

RI governor signs wind farm bill

Providence, R.I. – With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Carcieri brought the Block Island wind farm project one step closer to reality.

Carcieri has signed into law a bill that clarifies the General Assembly's original support for a demonstration sized wind farm off Block Island. The project had been jeopardized by the Public Utilities Commission, which deemed the 24-cent kilowatt hour price agreed upon too expensive for consideration.

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RIPR News
4:49 am
Wed June 16, 2010

RI gubernatorial candidate proposes single legislative body

Providence, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch is proposing that Rhode Island get rid of its two legislative chambers and switch to a unicameral legislature- a plan that's not getting any support from key lawmakers.

The Democrat is running for governor and announced his plan last week during the first gubernatorial debate.

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RIPR News
4:46 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Providence bridge to close for two years

Providence, R.I. – State transportation officials say the Union Avenue bridge over Route 10 in Providence is closing for two years starting next week for repairs.

The state Transportation Department says the 52-year-old bridge is structurally deficient and must be replaced.

The cost of the project is $8.1 million.

The bridge connects the city's West End and Silver Lake neighborhoods. Detour signs are being put up to guide motorists and pedestrians, and traffic signals are being upgraded to help deal with additional vehicles.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Gemma announces bid for RI congressional seat

Anthony Gemma at the formal announcement of his congressional bid. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – Businessman and philanthropist Anthony Gemma this morning announced his Democratic campaign for the congressional seat held by Patrick Kennedy.

Gemma told supporters at a Providence Place movie theater that he wants to involve more people in shaping government decisions. He says Rhode Island's top state and federal officials should also hold "board" meetings to work together on major issues.

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RIPR News
4:53 am
Tue June 15, 2010

In RI, deadline looms to make party switch

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island voters seeking to cast ballots in a different political party's primary election must disaffiliate from their current party by Wednesday.

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis says voters can change their affiliation by contacting their local board of canvassers. But Wednesday is the deadline.

The primary is Sept. 14.

Mollis says 700,000 Rhode Islanders, a record high, registered to vote in the 2008 elections.

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