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6:58 am
Mon September 12, 2011

9/11 impacts security at the statehouse

Capitol Police officer Reggie Packer staffs the security station at the entrance to the Statehouse.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Statehouse is the public's house: It's where decisions are made about how Rhode Islanders' tax dollars are spent. In the old days, visitors' bags were hand-checked. But in the post-9/11 age, walking into the Statehouse isn't quite as simple as it used to be.

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Politics
6:28 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Muslims welcome

PROVIDENCE, RI – No one who was alive on that glorious Indian summer morning a decade ago will ever forget precisely what they were doing when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

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RIPR News
11:09 am
Sun September 11, 2011

Local honors for 9/11 victims

PROVIDENCE, RI – About 400 local, state and federal officials gathered on the south steps of the State House yesterday to remember the victims of 9/11. Eight Rhode Islanders died in the initial attacks; two dozen local soldiers have perished since in the war on terror.

The weather was eerily similar to that fateful morning in 2001 when terrorists killed more than 28 hundred people. Governor Lincoln Chafee remembers the day as an end to ten years of peace.

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RIPR News
11:07 am
Sun September 11, 2011

Taveras aide quits

PROVIDENCE, RI – A key member of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' team is calling it quits. Communications director Melissa Withers is leaving to take a job with Betaspring, a company that helps business start-ups get off the ground. Withers gave notice Friday. No word on her replacement. She's been Taveras' spokeswoman since December 2010.

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Top Stories
4:16 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Leader of RI medical team remembers 9/11

One of five medical stations established by RI-DMAT at Ground Zero
Photo courtesy Tom Lawrence

Providence, RI – When the twin towers collapsed in New York City, the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team leapt into action. RI-DMAT was one of only four disaster teams activated by the federal government to offer medical care at Ground Zero. Tom Lawrence, the team leader for RI-DMAT sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter Megan Hall to reflect on that work ten years ago.

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RIPR News
10:21 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Political Roundtable - September 9, 2011

Robert Walsh, Executive Director of the National Education Association Rhode Island.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The fight for pension reform, and what is it about North Providence? That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Our special guest is Robert Walsh, Executive Director of the National Education Association Rhode Island. He's also a member of state treasurer Gina Raimondo's pension advisory committee.

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Political Roundtable
9:25 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Political Roundtable with Robert Walsh

Providence, RI – The fight for pension reform, and what is it about North Providence? That's part of the discussion on this week's Political Roundtable. This week, we welcome WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay, University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley, and special guest Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association of Rhode Island, and member of State Treasurer Gina Raimondo's pension advisory committee.

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Morning News Podcast
8:35 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, September 9th, 2011.

Economy
5:57 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Offshore wind divides Block Island

Barbara MacMullan never imagined the construction of five offshore wind turbines would divide a place known for its conservation.
Photo by James Wyman.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Barbara MacMullan never imagined the construction of five offshore wind turbines would divide a place known for its conservation. The Block Island resident thought the wind farm was no brainer. It's green. It's clean. And it could end the island's dependence on diesel powered energy.

But Barbara MacMullan thought wrong.

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RIPR News
2:00 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Flood warning in Cranston, Warwick

PROVIDENCE, RI – The National Weather Service is issuing a flood warning for areas surrounding the Pawtucket River in Cranston and Warwick. But Governor Chafee's office doesn't expect water damage anywhere near the scale of last year's historic flood.

Spokeswoman Chris Hunsinger says Rhode Islanders should be careful, but not alarmed.

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