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5:54 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Chafee weighs-in on Watson arrest

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is weighing in on the arrest of House Minority Leader Robert Watson.

Watson was picked up in East Haven, Connecticut last Friday night on charges of driving under the influence, marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession.

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RIPR News
1:44 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Study finds guns remain with domestic violence suspects

PROVIDENCE, RI – People accused of domestic violence in Rhode Island are frequently allowed to keep their firearms, according to a report released Tuesday by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The report shows that 13 percent of police departments have no clear policy for removing firearms in domestic violence situations. A third of departments seize the weapon only if an arrest is made. A quarter of the departments rely on the responding officer's individual judgment.

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RIPR News
1:36 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

RI company gets grant to build solar canopy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has given a solar panel enterprise a $120,000 grant. The grant will go toward building the prototype for an eight-car parking lot solar canopy.


The Providence-based Solar Canopy says its prototype will feature car charging capabilities and a rain water capturing system. CEO Donald Richardson says it should be built in three months.

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RIPR News
1:31 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Ciresi found guilty on corruption charges

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PROVIDENCE, RI – North Providence attorney Robert Ciresi has been found guilty of all three charges against him.

After deliberating less than a day, a Providence jury returned guilty verdicts of conspiracy, extortion and bribery against North Providence lawyer Robert Ciresi.

Prosecutors argued that Ciresi acted as the middleman for one bribe paid to three former North Providence town councilmen and helped set up another.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
12:16 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

In the Time Being

WRNI – You know that expression, "You never know what you have til it's gone"? This is far more than an overused cliche'. It's an aphorism that comes to mind so often when something precious in our lives disappears, especially when we had a tendency to take that special something for granted. And isn't it inspiring that 12-year-old, Joceyln Mora, has already figured this out?

Jocelyn Mora is in the 7th grade at the Community Preparatory School in Providence. She lives with her family in Providence.

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Morning News Podcast
8:59 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, April 26th, 2011.

RIPR News
6:39 am
Tue April 26, 2011

West side parents discuss school closure

Superintendent Tom Brady
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PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence School Board heard answers to some of its questions about a controversial school closure plan.

But the board has delayed voting on the proposal, which will save an estimated $12 million according to school and city officials.

To find out why many parents are opposing the plan, WRNI education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Matt Gabor and Michael Udris from the West Side Parents Education Coalition.

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RIPR News
5:51 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Chafee traveling to Baltimore

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PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to travel to Baltimore this Friday to learn about how healthcare has bolstered that city's economic development efforts.

Chafee says the trip was suggested by Rhode Island Hospital president Timothy Babineau, who used to work at the Maryland Medical Center. Chafee says healthcare firms are suited for a central role in the land opened up by the relocation of Interstate 195.

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RIPR News
7:31 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Judge to choose Landmark buyer

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

This week marks the deadline for a superior court judge to pick a buyer for Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.

RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Transition HealthCare, and Prime Healthcare Services are all hoping to buy Landmark Medical Center and its rehabilitation hospital in North Smithfield.

Each bidder is from out of town- RegionalCare and Transition from Tennessee, Prime from California.

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RIPR News
4:53 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

RI nursing homes get high ratings

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island nursing homes have higher satisfaction rates than their counterparts around the country according to a survey of patients and their relatives conducted by the state Health Department.


The survey shows 92 percent of Rhode Islanders rate their nursing homes as "good" or "excellent." The compares to an 89 percent satisfaction rate among nursing home patients nationwide.

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