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4:17 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Lawmakers pass bill that tightens traffic laws

PROVIDENCE, RI – Legislation that tightens restrictions on traffic offenders passed in the general assembly Thursday. Westerly lawmakers introduced the bill after a woman who had 28 traffic violations during an eight-year span struck and killed motorcyclist Colin Foote at a traffic light.

Foote's father, Richard, says the change was needed, "We are absolutely thrilled. We are so grateful, as I think everyone in Rhode Island is, to Representative Donna Walsh and Senator Jamie Doyle for their tireless efforts to correct this wrong."

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3:45 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Taveras helps paint Providence's Independence Trail

PROVIDENCE, RI – The capital city's Independence Trail will be ready for visitors by the end of this month. Work began today on painting the green line that will lead visitors from site to site.

With Providence Mayor Angel Taveras at the wheel of a stripe painting machine, work on the Independence Trail got underway. The green stripe begins at the Rhode Island Convention Center. In a few weeks it will wind three miles through the capital city past about 75 historic sites.

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1:23 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Esserman exit package more than $167-k

Former Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Providence police chief Dean Esserman has received an exit package worth more than $167,000.

The bulk of the money Esserman has received, $111,000, is money he invested in his own pension. In addition, he got nearly $20,000 for interest earned on the pension contribution. Esserman also received $8,700 for two weeks of unused sick leave and $28,000 for more than eight weeks of unused vacation.

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Morning News Podcast
10:43 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, July 1, 2011.

RIPR News
8:38 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Chafee to turn over accused killer

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says he will comply with a court order that commands him to turn over to the federal government accused killer Jason Pleau.

The Governor turned down the request last week, citing Rhode Island's long-standing ban on the death penalty which conflicts with federal laws.

But when U-S District Judge William Smith ordered the transfer, Chafee said he would comply.

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RIPR News
8:29 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Cranston woman wins disability benefits

PROVIDENCE, RI – A judge has awarded a Cranston woman 30 years of Social Security disability benefits that were denied her mentally ill husband.

It took 36 years and six long years of litigation but Cecilia Frusher has finally been awarded the Social Security disability benefits owed her husband, Richard Frusher.

He died in 2005 after a long bout with schizophrenia.

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RIPR News
8:13 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Police and Fire unions approve new contracts

Mayor Angel Taveras says the deals bring peace of mind to Providence.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Members of Police and Firefighters unions have both voted to approve new contract agreements.

The approvals come after intense negotiations with city of Providence.

The new agreement with police passed with a vote of 299 to 120, and saves the city $6-million-dollars in the next fiscal year.

The new agreement with Firefighters passed with a vote of 293-20, and saves the city $5.7 million.

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7:32 am
Fri July 1, 2011

General Assembly adjourns for the summer

The General Assembly is out for the summer.

PROVIDENCE, RI – In the waning hours of the legislative session, the General Assembly passed a host of new legislation. Some of the new measures could change the way we vote.

The first bill would require voters to present identification to cast a ballot in a general, primary or special election. Acceptable ID include, but are not limited to, a driver's license, a passport or a social security card.

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Political Roundtable
7:18 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Political Roundtable - July 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Senate approves civil unions and a budget. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable, with special guest Brian Newberry, the Republican House Minority Leader.

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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RIPR News
10:56 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Nurse negotiations continue

PROVIDENCE, RI – The contract between Rhode Island hospital and its nurses union expires today. WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall reports the negotiations are still ongoing.

It might take all day to hammer out an agreement between the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union and Rhode Island Hospital.

But union members are still optimistic they can reach a deal- they've scheduled a meeting on Friday to vote on the yet unresolved contract.

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