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11:54 am
Fri August 6, 2010

Health officials OK opening 2 RI beaches

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island health officials say Barrington Town Beach and Warren Town Beach are again safe for swimming.

Officials said yesterday Thursday that water samples from the beaches show bacteria levels are acceptable.

But the state health also recommended closing Conimicut Point Beach in Warwick because of high bacteria counts.

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RIPR News
11:50 am
Fri August 6, 2010

WRNI hires new News Director

Providence, R.I. – WRNI is pleased to announce our new News Director, Catherine Welch. Please read the station press release below for more details:

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Morning News Podcast
10:43 am
Fri August 6, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, August 6, 2010.

Local Features
8:56 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

56 years of memories at the Newport Jazz Festival

WRNI Morning Edition host Bob Seay, left, interviews Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein. Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – On Saturday, the city of Newport will recognize George Wein Day, honoring the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, which marks its 56th year this weekend. WRNI's Bob Seay reports on the iconic festival and its celebrated founder.

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Morning News Podcast
10:43 am
Thu August 5, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, August 5, 2010.

RIPR News
10:25 am
Thu August 5, 2010

In Mass., Patrick signs national popular vote bill

Boston, Mass. – Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill that would award the state's Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

The new law is part of a nationwide effort to get the backing of enough states so the candidate who wins the most votes nationally would be guaranteed the presidency.

The legislation will not go into effect until states possessing a majority of Electoral College votes pass similar legislation.

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RIPR News
10:22 am
Thu August 5, 2010

RI gets millions in homeowner aid

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is getting $43 million in federal aid to help homeowners stave off foreclosure.

The U.S. Treasury money announced yesterday was coordinated by a coalition led by Rhode Island Housing.

The so-called Hardest-Hit Funding money will be available statewide this fall through certified counselors and lenders.

The funds are intended to prevent avoidable foreclosures for Rhode Islanders who are unable to make mortgage payments because of hardships including job loss or underemployment.

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Local Features
10:14 am
Thu August 5, 2010

Getting kids to push aside the video games and head outdoors

A home away from home with no electronic distractions. Photo by Brian Mann.

Northeast U.S. – It's summer, and that means kids have a lot more free time and a chance to get outdoors. But experts worry that too many children are spending those extra hours in front of the television or a computer. That means kids are more sedentary and learn less about the natural world. But they also miss a chance to learn important social and decision-making skills. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.

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RIPR News
9:03 am
Thu August 5, 2010

RI researcher questions chemicals used to break up Gulf oil spill

Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island researcher is raising questions about chemicals used to break up the Gulf oil spill.

David Smith, associate dean of the School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, believes that the government's decision to use nearly 2 million gallons of untested oil dispersants could yield long term environmental damage in the Gulf.

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Local Features
11:46 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Two immigration laws: a disparate treatment

Providence, R.I. – A court has blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing key provisions of its controversial immigration law, but state police in Rhode Island continue to assist federal authorities in rounding up undocumented people. The Rhode Island policy is a result of a 2008 executive order signed by Governor Carcieri. WRNI's Flo Jonic compares the two policies and examines why the U.S. Justice Department has challenged Arizona's law but not Rhode Island's.

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