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7:08 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Pawtucket mill blaze ruled arson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A $10,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of whomever set fire to a Pawtucket mill complex last week. The blaze at the former Union Wadding Company has been ruled a case of arson, according to state fire marshal Jack Chartier.

"This fire was definitely arson," Chartier says. "We have multiple points of origin within the building and we're calling it that and we're seeking any information the public might have to assist us in that investigation."

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Economy
7:03 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Crossroads receives $100-K to address increased demand

Photo by Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Crossroads Rhode Island is getting some badly needed financial help. The Rhode Island Foundation has presented Crossroads with a check for $100,000 to deal with the overflow conditions it's confronting this year.

Crossroads president Anne Nolan says they saw more homeless people by the end of July as they did in all of 2009.

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RIPR News
12:19 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

More health problems at Eleanor Slater

Providence, RI – For the second time this week, several employees at the state's mental hospital in Cranston have gone to the hospital with symptoms which may be tied to renovations on the roof of the Regan building.

According to the office of health and human services, several staff at the Eleanor Slater hospital experienced eye and nasal irritation as well as a metallic taste in their mouths this morning.

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Morning News Podcast
10:31 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, October 21, 2010.

RIPR News
9:04 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Cicilline, Loughlin face off at debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The two candidates looking to replace outgoing Congressman Patrick Kennedy touched on familiar themes in a debate last night.

Providence Mayor David Cicilline, the Democratic candidate, said he would focus on job growth. He also said Republican state Rep. John Loughlin wants to dismantle social security.

"He supports privatizing social security," Cicilline said. "He's talked about it openly in this campaign, about having younger workers go into the stock market...He's called social security a Ponzi scheme."

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Politics
7:17 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Activists endorse prisoner rights agenda

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Civil rights activists met in Providence last night to endorse a package of bills they hope the General Assembly will embrace next year.

One bill would outlaw the shackling of pregnant prisoners during transport. Bruce Reilly of the prisoner advocacy group DARE says women are transported to court and doctor's offices without seat belts or airbags.

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RIPR News
8:58 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Student claims witness intimidation in Brown rape case

Providence, R.I. –

A new twist in the case of a former Brown student who claims he was falsely accused of rape. Court documents filed this week allege intimidation of a witness, Michael Burch, who was McCormick's wrestling coach and advisor at Brown.

Burch says he got an anonymous letter last month inviting him to dinner at a Providence cafe. Burch says he went to the restaurant with a friend. The next day he got a phone call from a woman he did not know.

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Politics
6:32 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Ethics Commission finds probable cause in Central Falls case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission says there's probable cause that Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau violated Rhode Island's code of ethics when he accepted a heating furnace from a city contractor.

Moreau got a discount on the furnace from Michael Bouthilette while the contractor was boarding up abandoned homes for the city of Central Falls. Bouthilette was also one of Moreau's campaign contributors.

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Morning News Podcast
12:00 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

Local Features
11:01 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Community Music Works receives top national honors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's been a good year for Providence-based Community Music Works. Last month, its founder was selected as a MacArthur fellow- he'll receive $500,000 to spend however he pleases. And today, the non-profit is receiving an award from the White House for being one of the best youth arts organizations in the country. WRNI's Megan Hall has this profile.

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