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4:40 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Construction workers rally for RI wind farm

Providence, R.I. – Dozens of unionized construction workers rallied inside the Statehouse yesterday in support of a controversial wind farm project.

Lou Lepizzera of Cranston is a member of Laborers, Local 271. He says the appeal of Deepwater Wind's demonstration project off of Block Island is clear.

"Sustainable work," he says. "A workforce where people will be out there working, paychecks, being able to provide for and support their families."

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RIPR News
12:47 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Critics say bureaucracy on meds gets in the way of patient care

Providence, R.I. – End of life care is often about managing pain ensuring that elderly patients are comfortable in the final months or years of their lives. But some advocates for the elderly say federal regulations are making that job more difficult than necessary and as a result, the elderly are suffering without reason.

Nurse Candace Foisy experienced the problem first-hand last fall at the Summit Commons Nursing Home in Providence.

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Politics
12:44 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Caprio to formally launch gubernatorial bid

Providence, R.I. – Democrat Frank Caprio is preparing to formally launch his campaign for governor.

The general treasurer says he'll declare his candidacy at a small business forum on Wednesday and will release his jobs plan there.

Attorney General Patrick Lynch, also a Democrat, officially entered the race on Saturday.

Other candidates include Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt; former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who is running as an independent, and Ken Block of the nascent Moderate Party.

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RIPR News
4:58 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Walgreens says it will no longer offer drug plans through CVS Caremark

Woonsocket, R.I. – The Woonsocket based pharmacy giant CVS Caremark is losing a major client.

Walgreens Pharmacies have decided not to renew or offer new prescription plans through the company. Greg Wasson, president and CEO Of Walgreen Co, said in a conference call that its relationship with Caremark has changed since the company merged with CVS.

"We've felt over the years that we've gone from being a valued provider within their network to being more like a competitor to CVS drugstores within their network," Wasson says.

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Politics
4:48 am
Tue June 8, 2010

RI House committee to vote on casino bill

Providence, R.I. – The House Finance Committee plans to vote today on a bill that would ask voters next November to approve casino gambling in Rhode Island.

Gambling is the state's third-largest source of revenue. So plans to create three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts have added fresh urgency to the casino issue here in Rhode Island - according to Gary Sasse, who used to be the state's revenue director.

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RI Business
4:40 am
Tue June 8, 2010

RI gas prices dip four cents

Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have dropped four cents since last week, and are down 22 cents in the last month.

AAA Southern New England says in its weekly survey that self-serve regular is now averaging $2.75 per gallon.

That's three cents above the national average, but 17 cents higher than the average price from the same time last year.

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RIPR News
4:48 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Wall Street Journal unhappy with nominee for U.S. District Court

Providence, R.I. – A Providence lawyer nominated to the federal bench continues to face opposition from the business community.

The latest jab at John J. McConnell Jr., President Barack Obama's pick for the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, came in today's editorial in the Wall Street Journal condemning the former treasurer of the Rhode Island Democratic Party for being anti-business.

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RIPR News
3:27 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Horse shoe enthusiasts say it's more than a pastime

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Clark.

Coventry, R.I. – It turns out that tossing horseshoes isn't just a back yard activity, it's also a regulated sport, with a series of official tournaments around New England. WRNI's Megan Hall went to the Rhode Island Horse Shoe Pitchers Association in Coventry to hear from the experts and produced this audio postcard.

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RIPR News
2:51 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Scott MacKay: focus on illegal immigration is nothing new

Providence, RI – The Massachusetts Senate just passed an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants. In Rhode Island, the General Assembly has been ensnared in a series of immigration jousts, most recently over a measure that would have forced virtually every business in the state to use federal electronic database to verify the citizenship status of all new hires.

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RIPR News
2:45 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Former town councilors plead not guilty on corruption charges

North Providence, R.I. – The three former North Providence town councilors accused in a corruption case this morning entered "not guilty" pleas in U.S. District Court.

Former councilors Joseph Burchfield, Raymond Douglas III and John Zambarano appeared before Magistrate Judge Davis Martin.

The trio is accused of having accepted a bribe of $25 thousand in exchange for voting in favor of a zoning change for a retail development project.

The three defendants remain free on unsecured bond.

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