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10:46 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Vehicle crashes into wall at Newport mansion

NEWPORT, R.I. – An SUV has crashed into a wall at Newport's famed Breakers mansion, and four college students are seriously hurt.

Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald says four 19-year-old students at Salve Regina University were in the car early Thursday when it crashed. He says it appears the vehicle was going fast, although details are still being investigated.

Fitzgerald says it's not clear whether alcohol was involved.

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RIPR News
9:14 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Warwick realtor to become president of Association of Realtors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Following this summer's slide in home sales, there are many with their eyes on the U.S. housing market. Warwick realtor Ron Phipps is among them. Come November, Phipps will become the newest president of the National Association of Realtors, the nationwide association of real estate agents. WRNI's Bob Seay recently spoke spoke about some of the steps he would like to see government officials take to help the housing market.

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Local Features
8:26 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Taveras makes first bid for mayor

Courtesy photo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All this week, WRNI is taking a look at the five candidates running for mayor of Providence. Today, Democrat Angel Taveras.Today, WRNI's Ian Donnis focuses on Democrat Angel Taveras, who is making his first run for the job.

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Local Features
8:24 am
Thu September 9, 2010

COMMENTARY: 2010 elections draw little passion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Labor Day is fraught with meaning and memory for Rhode Island, a state built by the sweat of generations of blue and pink collar workers. It usually signals the beginning of the home stretch for the political primaries. But with a week left, WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why this year's elections have drawn little of the passion of primaries past, when Rhode Island politics was a rolling participant, combat and spectator sport.

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RIPR News
7:12 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Cicilline has repaid the $25-k

Providence, R.I. – A city hall spokeswoman says Providence Mayor David Cicilline has returned the $25,000 in salary overpayments and a bonus he received over the last four years.

Spokeswoman Karen Watts says Cicilline got $20,000 in extra money because the city payroll department mistakenly applied a management raise to his mayoral salary. About $5,000 more came from a "longevity" payment. Watts says the mayor has repaid $25,000 to the city.

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Local Features
7:11 am
Thu September 9, 2010

The Ivy League farmer

Photo by Elisabeth Harrison.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Universities are finding more and more students interested in farming, including those in the Ivy League. In Rhode Island, Brown and other elite college graduates are starting farms and organizing farmer's markets, and they may even be changing the way many traditional farmers see the business. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison has our story.

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RIPR News
6:32 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Robitaille makes claims of overtures

Providence, R.I. – Republican gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille says intermediaries for Democrat Frank Caprio approached him several times about dropping out of the race.

John Robitaille says supporters of Frank Caprio spoke to him at least six times about dropping out of the race. The reward, says Robitaille, would have been any job he wanted in a Caprio administration.

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RIPR News
4:33 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Christopher Young makes his bid for mayor

Photo courtesy of Christopher Young.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI continues our series of profiles of the five candidates running for mayor of Providence. Democrat Christopher Young is making his third run to lead the city.

The 41-year-old Young lives on Smith Hill. He leads a group he created called the National Civil Rights Coalition. Young supports former Mayor Buddy Cianci's three cities plan to spark more development and open space. He also wants to impose property taxes on Brown University.

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Economy
2:47 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

RI receives millions more for foreclosed homes

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is seen at the Wednesday news conference announcing the funding. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced today that Rhode Island is getting an additional six million dollars to rehab abandoned and foreclosed properties.

This is on top of $19 million the state received earlier for the same purpose.

The money comes from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The money may be used to fix up abandoned and foreclosed properties or help low and moderate income families buy them.

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Top Stories
11:17 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Pawtucket firefighter charged with rape

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Pawtucket firefighter has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Pawtucket police Major Arthur Martins says the matter came to their attention Monday when the teenage girl filed a complaint.

She said the sexual abuse had happened several times over a period of years. The firefighter, 38 year old Cody Reed, was arrested on charges of first and second degree sexual assault.

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