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Netroots Nation conference opens in Providence

June 7, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A national conference of progressive activists and journalists that is expected to bring thousands to Providence is underway.

The Netroots Nation conference opened Thursday at the Rhode Island Convention Center downtown. A spokeswoman for the group says that between 2,700 and 3,000 people are expected to attend.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and activist Van Jones are scheduled to address the convention.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) is among the speakers for Thursday evening's opening keynote session. He has said the city will shine during the annual four-day event.

Tourism officials estimate the gathering will generate about $3.5 million for the city's economy.

The conference runs through Sunday.

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