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4:38 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Hasbro: moving and layoffs for some employees

PROVIDENCE, RI – Pawtucket-based toymaker Hasbro is moving 70 employees from Massachusetts to Rhode Island and laying off an additional 75 at its East Longmeadow, Massachusetts plant.

Hasbro vice president Wayne Charness says some of the transferred employees will be working at the company's new "Center for Excellence."

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Healthcare
4:34 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Governor Chafee on compassion centers

Providence, RI – Complete interview between Megan Hall and Governor Chafee on Arizona's attempts to clarify federal policy on medical marijuana dispensaries

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Story Corps
3:36 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Muriel Mackie and Daniel Mackie

Muriel Mackie and Daniel Mackie

PROVIDENCE, RI – During World War II, women on the home front were called into duty to help with the war efforts.

Muriel Mackie talks to her son Daniel Mackie about how she became an air raid warden in Pawtucket.

After her work as an air raid warden, Muriel had a long career as a teacher in Warwick.

She passed away three years ago, at the age of 86.

Excerpts from the Rhode Island StoryCorps archive were selected and produced by Shana Weinberg in collaboration with staff at WRNI.

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RIPR News
12:19 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Housing sales and prices drop in April

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island home sales took a dive in April.


Single family home sales fell 26 percent in April compared to a year earlier according to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. At the same time the median price fell seven percent, reversing an upward price trend that began in late 2009.

Condo sales fell 16 percent from a year ago and the median price dropped 11 percent.

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RIPR News
12:05 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

RI House passes school nutrition bill

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Children would know the calorie content of the items on their school cafeteria plates under a bill just passed by Rhode Island's House of Representatives.

The legislation requires schools to post nutritional information about food on their daily menus, excluding pre packaged items that already list the same details.

Lawmakers say that added information will help students make healthier choices.

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Morning News Podcast
10:27 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

RIPR News
9:20 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Providence police will lay off up to 80 officers

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says talks continue with the police union, but the process is in motion to lay off 60 to 80 police officers by July 1st.

The union for civilian personnel has already agreed to concessions and Taveras says the police commissioner will work to minimize the impact these layoffs will have on public safety.

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Top Stories
8:31 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Chafee on AZ's medical marijuana lawsuit

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Arizona's governor is filing a lawsuit to clarify the federal government's stance on medical marijuana dispensaries, but Rhode Island's Governor has no plans to follow Arizona's lead.

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Top Stories
8:12 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Fly's Eye Dome

Eric Goetz and Dan Reiser pose in front of the Fly?s Eye Dome they recently restored. The Buckminster Fuller prototype is one of only two known to exist in the world.
Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – FLY EYE DOME FEATURE fj for 05/25/11

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Top Stories
7:09 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Twin River Casino expansion

PROVIDENCE, RI – The House Finance Committee is slated to consider a bill today (Wednesday) calling for a public referendum to expand gambling at Twin River in Lincoln.

The bill would make expanding Twin River subject to approval by voters in the November 2012 election.

To move forward, the concept would need backing from voters both statewide and in Twin River's host community of Lincoln.

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