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11:37 am
Tue August 17, 2010

East Providence to eliminate recess

Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island school district is doing away with the time-honored tradition of recess.

Beginning in the fall, East Providence elementary school students will not be given 10 minutes before or after lunch to play.

But school officials say the change might actually help them to keep students more physically fit. Superintendent Mario Cirillo says the schools are partnering with the YMCA to design a more comprehensive physical education program that will keep students active, even without recess.

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Local Features
10:53 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"

Eric Fontana is pictured here playing Buddy Holly. Courtesy photo taken by Deb Stallwood.

Providence, R.I. – Way back in the 1950s rock n roll was moving in; some would say taking over. There are many tales from those days but few as compelling as the one told in "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" now at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston. Bill Gale has tour review.

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Morning News Podcast
8:54 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 17, 2010.

Politics
7:25 am
Tue August 17, 2010

RI Republicans unveil new challenge to Democrats

Rhode Island GOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione is seen at the Clean Slate announcement. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione yesterday unveiled a new effort to challenge the dominance of General Assembly Democrats.

Looking to brand themselves, Republicans rolled out what they're calling "Rhode Island Clean Slate." It's meant to supplement the individual efforts of about 100 Republican and independent legislative candidates. Related bus ads and radio spots are set to start this week.

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RIPR News
7:15 am
Tue August 17, 2010

RI prosecutors to dismiss charges against Craigslist suspect

Providence, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch says he will dismiss charges against Philip Markoff, the man suspected of assaulting and robbing a couple at a Warwick motel last year.

Markoff is thought to have killed himself at the Nashua Street jail in Boston over the weekend. The Boston Herald, quoting anonymous sources, says Markoff used a pen to cut his arteries and covered his head with a plastic bag.

He was charged in Massachusetts with killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist.

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RIPR News
5:21 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Work begins at affordable housing complex

Providence, RI – Construction of the Kingstown Crossing I development is underway after Monday's groundbreaking at a former Navy housing complex in North Kingstown.

The first phase will provide 58 environmentally friendly units of affordable housing.

There's a huge need for affordable housing across the state, says Richard Godfrey, executive director of Rhode Island Housing.

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RIPR News
11:15 am
Mon August 16, 2010

First EEE case reported in RI

Providence, R.I. – Public health officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced this summer's first case of eastern equine encephalitis in a person.

Citing privacy, officials identified him Sunday only as a Rhode Island man in his 20s from Newport County. He is in critical condition.

Officials say his exposure to a mosquito carrying the encephalitis likely occurred in southeastern Massachusetts, which has been identified as an area of high risk. Officials say his symptoms first occurred Aug. 5, before aerial spraying.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
10:28 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Phosphorescence

Morning News Podcast
9:12 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, August 16, 2010.

Local Features
8:14 am
Mon August 16, 2010

COMMENTARY: More specifics needed from candidate Kapstein

Providence, R.I. – The Democratic primary race for Lt. Governor is shaping up, with both incumbent Elizabeth Roberts and challenger Jeremy Kapstein weighing on the state's $75-million loan guarantee to a video game development company founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. But WRNI Political Analyst Scott Mackay says Rhode Islanders have yet to hear specifics on where Kapstein, a Red Sox executive, stands on the major issues.

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