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12:53 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Mass. unemployment rate remains at 9.2 percent

Boston, MA – Massachusetts added more than 15,000 jobs last month, the fourth straight month of employment gains for the state, but the unemployment rate remained at 9.2 percent.

The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday that Massachusetts unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 9.7 percent.

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12:49 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Boston-South Coast rail link takes step forward

Boston, MA – Massachusetts has closed a $100 million deal that includes the purchase of nearly 40 miles of rail lines as part of a plan to build a commuter rail link from Boston to Fall River and New Bedford.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said that construction on the commuter rail, not expected to be completed for another six or seven years, will begin this summer with refurbishing of several freight bridges in the New Bedford area.

That work is expected to create between 200 and 300 jobs and should be completed by early 2012.

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RIPR News
12:45 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Lawyer says he'd accept state receiver for Central Falls

Providence, R.I. – A lawyer for Central Falls says he's willing to accept a state-appointed receiver to oversee the city's finances.

The lawyer, Joseph Larisa, said earlier this week that he planned to challenge the state's efforts to move the city out of judicial receivership and onto a separate path of state oversight for financially troubled cities.

Central Falls last month was appointed a temporary receiver by a judge. But a new law prohibits cities and towns from seeking judicial receivership and instead offers a three-tier track with a state receiver.

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RIPR News
4:59 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Report: RI still in recession, but the end is getting closer

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is not out of the recession but we're close. That's according to University of Rhode Island Economist Len Lardaro.

On a scale of one to 100, with zero being a moribund economy and 100 representing robust growth, Rhode Island is at a "50", up from 8 a year ago. This, according to the Current Conditions Index, a rating based on a dozen economic factors developed by University of Rhode Island economics professor Len Lardaro.

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RIPR News
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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