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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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4:51 am
Tue June 15, 2010

RI governor signs changes to receivership law

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has signed legislation that would prohibit the state's cities and towns from entering judicial receivership.

The bill was prompted by Central Falls' decision last month to go into receivership. A judge appointed an outside lawyer, Jonathan Savage, to act as temporary receiver for the financially troubled city and gave him oversight of its finances.

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4:50 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Judge denies government request in Wyatt death case

Providence, R.I. – A judge has denied the federal government's request to be dismissed from a lawsuit over the death of an immigration detainee in Rhode Island.

Hiu Lui ``Jason'' Ng died of advanced liver cancer in August 2008 in the custody of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility. A federal lawsuit filed by his widow accuses Wyatt staff of abusing and medically neglecting Ng, a Chinese computer engineer from New York who was detained for overstaying a visa.

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RIPR News
1:17 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

RI governor to sign wind farm legislation

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri says he'll sign a bill that speeds regulatory oversight of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Block Island.

Carcieri says he'll sign the bill Tuesday. The legislation was approved by the General Assembly last week. The state Public Utilities Commission in March rejected a 20-year contract for Deepwater Wind to build an eight-turbine wind farm because it would cost ratepayers too much money.

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Local Features
12:13 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Summer job prospects bleak for RI teens

Nineteen-year-old Jay Harris has been looking for a job without success for a year. A recent graduate of Central High School, he doesn't know what he'll do this summer. Photo By Flo Jonic.

Providence, R.I. – For many kids, a summer job is not only a way to earn some spending money, but also a way to stay out of trouble. But this summer could be a hot and boring one for thousands of Rhode Island kids who are struggling to find work. According to employment experts, the recession has taken a hit on the teenage summer jobs market.

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