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3:37 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Debate postponed over Providence lawyer nominated to federal bench

Providence, R.I. – The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed the debate over a Providence lawyer and activist up for a spot on the federal court in Rhode Island.

John McConnell Jr., who was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position in March, will have to wait until next week for the debate.

The hearing was postponed to give McConnell's opponents more time to discuss his history of leading lawsuits against manufacturers and businesses - a history they say makes him unsuitably partisan for a federal court.

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3:21 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

United invests in remote medical equipment

Providence, R.I. – Doctors may be examining Rhode Island patients over the Internet in the near future.

United Health Care is investing in equipment that allows specialists to examine wounds, perform ultrasounds and offer other services remotely. Spokesperson Debora Spano says even in a state the size of Rhode Island, some patients have trouble reaching their doctors in person.

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3:19 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

103-year-old Statehouse doorman says he's retiring

Providence, R.I. – He is 103 years old and finally Frank DiPaolo is retiring after 32 years as a Statehouse door keeper. Or is he?

DiPaolo's friends showed up at the Statehouse to celebrate the retirement of the 103-year-old house doorkeeper.

Dipaolo, a political fixture in Providence's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, helped Patrick Kennedy win his first political race. It was a 1988 campaign for state representative from the neighborhood surrounding Providence College, where at the time Kennedy was a student.

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3:15 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Another Providence officer arrested in drug dealing sting

State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty, left, and state Attorney General Patrick Lynch, right, pictured at a news conference yesterday. Photo by Megan Hall.

Providence, R.I. – A total of 24 individuals, including five law enforcement officials, are now charged in a local drug investigation dubbed "Operation Deception."

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RIPR News
3:11 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "A Chorus Line"

Providence, R.I. – Can it really be that Michael Bennett's "A Chorus Line" is approaching middle age? That its first performances, at the Public Theater in New York's Greenwich
Village, took place more than 35 years ago?

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RIPR News
3:06 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Brown prof. discusses new report on enhanced interrogation

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Politics
1:41 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

General Assembly struggles to finish business before year ends

Providence, R.I. – The state Legislature is trying to wrap up business before adjourning the year.

The General Assembly worked late into the night on Wednesday with the House passing legislation giving the Public Utilities Commission a say in a proposed wind farm.

A House committee also endorsed a bill that would let voters decide on whether to expand the state's two slot parlors into full-scale casinos.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

First debate tonight for gubernatorial candidates

Providence, R.I. – Six candidates running for governor will meet for their first debate.

Thursday's debate hosted by WPRI-TV will be the first chance for voters to see the candidates go toe-to-toe on issues such as the economy and education.

The candidates include two Democrats - General Treasurer Frank Caprio and Attorney General Patrick Lynch - independent Lincoln Chafee, Moderate Ken Block and Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt.

They are vying to replace Republican Don Carcieri, who is term limited.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Lawmakers consider voter referendum on gambling

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers are expecting to take up a measure to let voters decide on expanded gambling.

The House Finance Committee on Wednesday night endorsed a voter referendum on converting the state's two slot parlors into full-blown casinos.

Newport Grand in Newport and Twin River in Lincoln offer video lottery terminals but not the table games found at traditional casinos.

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RIPR News
5:34 am
Thu June 10, 2010

RI Supreme Court reverses Family Court decision

Providence, R.I. – In a pointed decision reversing a termination of parental rights, Rhode Island's highest court has again criticized Jeremiah Jeremiah Jr., retiring chief judge of the Family Court.

The High Court returned parental rights to Jason Trench, who had been an inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions for all but 100 days of his daughter's life when the case came to Family Court, according to the opinion written by Justice Francis X. Flaherty.

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