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Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a mysterious blast in the sand at Salty Brine beach in Narragansett. The beach was named for a longtime radio and television host known to many Rhode Islanders.

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WPRI reporter Sean Daly has been on television airwaves in Rhode Island for more than 30 years. Now, he is officially retired. Daly visited our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch about how the state and the state of local news have changed over the past three decades.

He's written what’s often called “the first draft of history” for some of the biggest stories in the state: the Claus Van Bulow attempted murder trials, Buddy Cianci and Plunder Dome, the credit union crisis, and Central Falls filing for bankruptcy.

The top candidates running for governor said they are energized by the latest Providence Journal/Channel 12 poll. Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo leads Cranston Mayor Allan Fung with 42 percent to his 36 percent.

The poll shows Raimondo doing well among women, while Fung is polling strongly with men. Fung also has a higher favorability rating. Fung said the poll shows that his campaign is gaining momentum.

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.

Providence City Hall
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The City of Providence is suing its longtime actuary, claiming the company made a $10 million mistake in pension calculations.

Kudos and congrats to Dan McGowan, news editor at GoLocalProv, who is headed to a new gig writing for the Web site of WPRI.

McGowan has emerged as one of the best young reporters in Rhode Island, with a strong nose for news. He's expected to focus on covering Providence politics and crime, among other topics, starting in mid-January.