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5:12 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Coast Guard mulls over closing part of Sakonnet River

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Coast Guard says it's talking with the state, boaters and Tiverton officials to gauge the impact of a month-long boating ban around construction of the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

The ban would let construction crews work on two piers in the middle of the river. Those piers require crews to hike huge steel planks into the air off barges.

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RIPR News
11:58 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Heating assistance cut effect on RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – President Obama's plan to cut nearly by half funds for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, may not hurt Rhode Island too badly.

Last year, Rhode Island received $29 million for LIHEAP but spent only $23 million. The President's proposal would reduce federal funding this year to roughly $13 million. But with the $6 million rollover from last year the Ocean State should be in good shape says Kenneth Payne, administrator of the state Office of Energy Resources.

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Morning News Podcast
8:19 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, August 15, 2011.

Top Stories
6:10 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Brown opens new medical school building

PROVIDENCE, RI – After $45 million in renovations, what used to be an old factory in Providence's Jewelry district is now the new home of the Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School.

WRNI's Megan Hall went on an early tour with medical school Dean Ed Wing.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Story Corps
10:14 am
Sat August 13, 2011

Anne Grant and H. Philip West, Jr.

Rhode Island Storycorps interviewed Anne Grant and H. Philip West, Jr.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Anne and Phil describe how their conception of marriage and gender roles changed during the 1970s.

This I Believe Rhode Island
7:25 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Quality of Life

WRNI – Our final days. None of us knows exactly when they will arrive, but all of us have had moments when we try to imagine what they might be like - especially whether we'll have any opportunity to decide what course these final moments will take. Joanne Fayan reflects on her not-so-certain beliefs about the path the people who matter most to her should take.

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RIPR News
11:21 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Lay-offs at Landmark

Providence, RI – Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket is laying off some of its employees and closing its outpatient center in Johnston.


In an effort to streamline operations at the financially troubled hospital, Landmark is no longer offering respiratory therapy on Atwood Avenue in Johnston.

But lay-offs are happening throughout the hospital system. According to Landmark's nurses union, the staff reductions impact the jobs of approximately 20 of its members.

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RIPR News
9:53 am
Fri August 12, 2011

U.S. Interior Secretary to visit RI

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RIPR News
9:38 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Chafee to attend send-off for local National Guardsmen

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected to be on hand for a joint departure ceremony this morning at Quonset Air National Guard Base for two Rhode Island National Guard units being sent to Iraq. It's the second deployment to Iraq for both A Company, 1st Battalion 126th Aviation, which went to Iraq in 2004, and for D Company 126th Aviation which was there in 2005. According to the National Guard, the units will provide aviation support for combat and reconstruction operations already working in the country.

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RIPR News
9:31 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Search begins for Providence Police Chief

Providence, RI – The City of Providence is beginning the search for its next police chief. According to Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare, about a dozen people from inside and out of the department have inquired about the job, and city officials hope to fill the position by December. Former Police Chief, Colonel Dean Esserman stepped down in June after accusations that he allowed minors to drink alcohol in his home at a graduation party for his daughter.

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