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RI Senate OKs 4 EDC board nominees

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The board overseeing economic development in Rhode Island has some new members now that the state Senate has approved four of Gov. Lincoln Chafee's recent nominees.

The state Senate voted Wednesday to confirm the independent governor's choices to serve on the Economic Development Corp.

The nominees are Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo; Roland Fiore, president of South County Sand & Gravel Co.; Shannon Brawley, executive director of the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association and state AFL-CIO President George Nee, whose earlier term on the board has expired.

A fifth nominee, Jason Kelley, awaits Senate confirmation.

The EDC has struggled with vacancies following its failed investment in former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company, 38 Studios. The agency is still without an executive director.