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7:25 am
Fri January 21, 2011

More snow, sloppy road conditions

Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Forecasters say Rhode Island could be in for a messy commute this morning.

National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell says today's winter storm will be less severe than the one earlier this week, but snowfall could come down at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour during the morning hours.

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6:54 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Audit: North Providence schools over budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – North Providence school officials have some answering to do after an audit shows they ran $825,000 over budget last year.


Dick Fossa, Chief of Staff for North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, says town officials want to know why they didn't learn of the shortfall sooner.

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RIPR News
6:51 am
Thu January 20, 2011

RI history inspires new play

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The last person executed in Rhode Island was John Gordon, a 19th century Irish immigrant. He was hanged in Providence for a crime he almost surely did not commit. And therein lies quite a tale, one told in a new play that opened last weekend at the Park Theatre in Cranston. Bill Gale took a look.

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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Economy
6:44 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Heating oil hits 2-year high in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The cost of home heating oil has reached a two year high in Rhode Island. According to the state Office of Energy Resources, the average price is now $3.32 a gallon.


The high price of home heating oil in Rhode Island is leading people to do desperate things, according to Maggie Rogers of the George Wiley Center.

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RIPR News
12:37 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Pawtucket City Hall opposes med marijuana at TK Club

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The city of Pawtucket is coming out against a medical marijuana retail store proposed by a team that includes retired Pawtucket Police Chief George Kelley and former Democratic Party chair Bill Lynch.

The group wants to grow its marijuana in the city's To Kalon or TK social club. Doug Hadden with Pawtucket City Hall says that's not an appropriate use for the building.

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Morning News Podcast
10:59 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

RIPR News
9:41 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Roads in good shape, but clean up costs pile up

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain made for sloppy and sometimes challenging road conditions across Rhode Island yesterday. State Police Lieutenant Kevin Hawkins says troopers responded to 43 accidents but road conditions are looking better today.


"I travelled throughout the whole state last evening," Hawkins says. "The roads were in pretty good shape. There was still a little puddling but DOT did a good job clearing the storm drains and we just ask people to use caution."

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Local Features
7:21 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Stress and students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – While many parents are calling on public schools to provide more rigorous coursework, some parents now say their kids are too stressed out. To find out more about stress and children, WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Richard Rende, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University.

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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Politics
7:10 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Bill aims to decriminalize small amounts of pot in RI

Photo by Jason White via Flickr Creative Commons.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island lawmaker has introduced a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The bill from Rep. John Edwards, a Tiverton Democrat, would make the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a $150 fine. Marijuana possession is now a crime that carries up to a year in prison.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
2:15 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Transcending Drug Addiction

Providence, RI – Perhaps you have heard the expression, "If you've been handed a lemon, make lemonade." During our lives many of us find ourselves caught in the web of daunting crises and challenges that seem absolutely overwhelming. Under the best of circumstances, we confront our demons, learn from them, and use these experiences to enrich our lives and those of the people who matter most to us. Robert Einhorn has done just that.

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