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8:18 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Home sales drop

PROVIDENCE, RI – April is usually a pretty good month for home sales. But this April was definitely not.

Single family home sales fell 26 percent in April from a year earlier according to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. And the median price was down seven percent to $190,000.

Realtors Association president Stephen Antoni says people are out there looking and making offers but frequently sales fall through because of constantly changing lending standards.

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RIPR News
8:10 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Liberian Presidential visit

PROVIDENCE, RI – The president of Liberia made a surprise visit to Rhode Island to meet with the state's Liberian community yesterday.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also stopped by the Statehouse to thank Governor Lincoln Chafee for his support in the aftermath of her country's civil war.

Rhode Island has one of the nation's largest Liberian communities. And Sirleaf says that conditions in her country have improved to the point that many Liberians who fled during the civil war are now returning.

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Top Stories
7:21 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Health department shuts down Cranston sushi bar

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Health Department has shut down a Cranston sushi bar for multiple food code violations.

The shuttered restaurant is Uncle Sushi and Grill located on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston. State health inspectors visited the restaurant Monday after receiving a complaint that seven out of ten people who had eaten there as a group had become sick.

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RIPR News
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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