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5:58 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Scott MacKay weighs in on the new tax law

Providence, R.I. – Last week, Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri signed into law an overhaul of the state's income tax system. At the signing ceremony, the Republican Governor was joined and cheered by Democratic General Assembly leaders. But WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says many Rhode Islanders might not be cheering about the new law when they pay their taxes next year.

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RIPR News
4:38 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Gemma entering RI congressional race

Providence, R.I. – A fourth Democrat is jumping into the race to succeed Rep. Patrick Kennedy in Congress.

Anthony Gemma will officially announce his run Tuesday at a campaign kickoff at Providence Place mall.

Gemma joins a Democratic field that includes Providence Mayor David Cicilline, former Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch and state Rep. David Segal.

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RIPR News
4:38 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Regional ports predicting record cruise ship season

Portland, Maine – New England ports are seeing a bright spot on the horizon as they prepare for what they expect will be a record number of cruise ships during the tourism season this year.

New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces have been growing in popularity among cruise lines, and this year could be the busiest yet.

Maine ports are expecting 335 cruise ship calls this year, up from 281 last year. Boston is anticipating a record 300,000-plus cruise ship passengers to pass through its port.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
12:35 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

This I Believe: Drawing inspiration from books

Providence, R.I. – Think back to your adolescence and you can probably identify a person or two who had a profound influence on your life, perhaps a beloved teacher, a neighbor or perhaps a relative. As this week's essayist, 13-year-old Caroline Moore tells us, sometimes we find these people between the covers of a remarkably compelling book.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
12:34 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

This I Believe: Drawing inspiration from books

Providence, R.I. – Think back to your adolescence and you can probably identify a person or two who had a profound influence on your life, perhaps a beloved teacher, a neighbor or perhaps a relative. As this week's essayist, 13-year-old Caroline Moore tells us, sometimes we find these people between the covers of a remarkably compelling book.

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RIPR News
7:58 am
Fri June 11, 2010

RI lawmakers approve casino bill

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island House of Representatives has approved a bill to let voters decide on expanded gambling in the state.

The bill authorizes a voter referendum on converting the state's two slot parlors, Newport Grand and Twin River, into full-scale casinos with table games.

The bill would let voters approve or reject creating two state-operated casinos at the facilities.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Remembering Trinity Rep's DeeDee Cumming

Photo Courtesy of Trinity Repertory Company.

Providence, R.I. – Tomorrow morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Trinity Repertory Company will hold a memorial service for Richard Cumming, one of its own. Bill Gale takes a look back over the years.

If tomorrow's memorial is truly all about the man called Dee Dee, it will be filled with music and laughter. Sure, there will be serious moments for Cumming, who died last November at 81.

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RIPR News
4:50 am
Fri June 11, 2010

RI funding formula bill headed to Carcieri's desk

Providence, R.I. – A bill on its way to Governor Carcieri's desk would change the way Rhode Island public schools get funding from the state.

The bill passed last night by the state legislature would calculate each district's share of funding based on current student enrollment, with additional funds allocated for low-income students.

The bill also calls for a $15.5 million increase in overall state funding for education, which is meant to ease the blow to districts that will lose money under the new system.

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Political Roundtable
4:48 am
Fri June 11, 2010

The legislative session wraps up and more on Roundtable

Providence, R.I. – The General Assembly races to the finish. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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Politics
4:44 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Chafee, Caprio highlight tax issue at first televised debate for governor

Providence, R.I. – The six major candidates for governor last night squared off during their first televised debate.

Exchanges between independent candidate Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio highlighted the Channel 12 debate. Chafee says his proposed temporary sales tax increase is better than passing on property tax hikes to local taxpayers. He says his proposal would mean 50 cents in tax on a $50 clothing purchase.

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