News

Pages

This I Believe Rhode Island
9:08 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Swan Story

WRNI – Nature has a stunning capacity to teach us about ourselves -- about life's remarkable cycles and our very own ability to nurture, cope with life's inevitable challenges, and recover from trauma. Indeed, nature is a skilled, compelling instructor. Michael Fink tells us how some of his most cherished beliefs traveled to him by way of some of Rhode Island's well known winged creatures.

Read more
Morning News Podcast
8:59 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Wednesday, June 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, June 28, 2011.

RIPR News
7:22 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Fourth of July travel expected to decrease

PROVIDENCE, RI – Despite declining gas prices, AAA Southern New England is projecting a drop in 4th of July travel this year.

The auto club says high fuel costs will cause an eight percent decrease in holiday travel among people who earn $50,000 a year or less.

By contrast, travel among people who earn $100,000 or more is expected to increase by 9 percent.

Read more
RIPR News
7:18 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Corvese amendment could impact civil union bill

PROVIDENCE, RI – Fourteen state representatives are expressing concern about an amendment they say would have an overly restrictive impact on civil unions in Rhode Island.

The advocacy group Marriage Equality Rhode Island, MERI, says an amendment introduced by North Providence rep Arthur Corvese is overly broad. MERI says the amendment would prevent a civil union partner from making medical decisions for a spouse being treated at a religiously affiliated hospital.

Read more
Top Stories
6:08 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Chafee refuses to turn over accused killer

PROVIDENCE, RI – Eight groups are praising Governor Lincoln Chafee for refusing to turn over an accused killer to the federal government for prosecution.

Chafee turned down a request last week to hand over Jason Pleau who is charged with robbing and killing a Woonsocket gas station manager.

The governor says he could not in good conscience subject a Rhode Islander to the death penalty.

Capital punishment was abolished in Rhode Island in 1852 but is allowed by the federal government.

Read more
Top Stories
5:59 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Central Falls closes its library

PROVIDENCE, RI – The cash-strapped city of Central Falls is laying off a dozen employees and closing its library and community center.

The layoffs of 12 Central Falls employees was prompted by the continued deterioration of city finances, state receiver Robert Flanders Jr. said in a statement.

He says the library and the Ralph Holden Community Center will be shut down due to their poor physical conditions and the lack of funds to make repairs.

Read more
RIPR News
1:22 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

RI high school graduation rate climbing

PROVIDENCE, RI – New numbers out of Kids Count show more Rhode Island high school students are graduating.


The graduation rate went up from 70 percent in 2007 to 76 percent in 2010. And the data show high schools in poor, urban areas such as Central Falls, Providence, and West Warwick graduated more students.

Read more
RIPR News
1:19 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Special pension advisory group meets for first time

Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says the state pension system could run out of money if serious reforms are not undertaken immediately. Her comments came at the first meeting of an advisory group charged with coming up with solutions to the pension crisis.

Raimondo and Governor Lincoln Chafee convened the 12 member pension advisory group. The goal is to develop a package of legislative reforms for the General Assembly to consider at a special session in October.

Read more
Morning News Podcast
8:50 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, June 27, 2011.

RIPR News
6:51 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Reed supports Afghanistan troop withdrawal

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's senior US senator says the President is on the right track with regard to Afghanistan.

President Obama announced last week that he would withdraw 33-thousand troops by next summer and the rest by the end of 20-14.

Senator Jack Reed, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" calls it an "appropriate pace."

"The president has laid out a very clear stratagem," he says. "We are coming out of Afghanistan. We are shifting the emphasis and the requirements to support the troops there to the Afghanis."

Read more

Pages