Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung  clashed in their second debate within 24 hours this afternoon, a meeting that produced more heat than enlightenment and revealed few major policy differences between the two candidates vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the September 9 primary.

Media General, which announced plans earlier this year to merge with LIN Media, the parent of WPRI-TV (Channel 12), is shedding WJAR-TV (Channel 10) as part of the deal.

After four decades as one of New England’s top investigative reporters, WJAR’s Jim Taricani is retiring.

Known for his investigative work and political and public affairs reporting, Taricani could cover any story and did. He is smart, aggressive and a tough questioner.  He’s been in this market since Phil Noel was governor.

If you really need another good reason to support your local NPR affiliate, we bring you the latest report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism: The State of the News Media 2013.

This will come as no surprise to anyone who watches local television in this or just any market across the nation, but there is more junk food-journalism on local TeeVee news than ever.