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6:05 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Interview with Governor Lincoln Chafee

Governor Lincoln Chafee has faced a variety of challenges since taking office in January.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee has faced a variety of challenges since taking office in January. Even before a bankruptcy filing last week for Central Falls, Rhode Island was suffering from a soft economy and high unemployment. Chafee recently sat down with WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis to take a look back at his first six months in office.

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8:36 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Romney in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Local Democrats and Republicans are trading fire over GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's appearance at a Newport fundraiser, where former governor Don Carcieri was among the hosts.

For $250, supporters can attend the fundraiser. Add another zero and the tab for a private reception with Romney is $2500. State GOP chairman Ken McKay says it's too early for him to endorse a candidate, but he likes what he sees in Romney.

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7:23 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Sundlun laid to rest

Former Governor Bruce Sundlun was laid to rest after a funeral service at Temple Beth-El in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Governor Bruce Sundlun was laid to rest after a funeral service at Temple Beth-El in Providence. A former aide, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, called Sundlun one of the most accomplished leaders in Rhode Island history.

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8:35 am
Fri July 22, 2011

WRNI's Scott Mackay on Sundlun's legacy

Providence, RI – WRNI's Scott Mackay speaks with Morning Edition Anchor Dave Fallon on the life of former Governor Bruce Sundlun.

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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7:04 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Whitehouse renews push for a National Endowment for the Oceans

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new scientific report has given Senator Sheldon Whitehouse new ammunition for his push for a National Endowment for the Oceans.

Whitehouse says a report by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean supplies irrefutable evidence that the world's oceans are in danger of irreversible damage.

"In short, things for the ocean are worse than we thought and getting worse faster than expected," he says.

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7:23 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Civil rights groups denounce voter identification law

PROVIDENCE, RI – A coalition of 15 civil rights groups is denouncing the state's new voter ID law. It requires voters to present a photo ID starting in 2014. But both the Governor and the Speaker of the House are defending the legislation.

The NAACP, the Coalition for the Homeless, Progreso Latino, and the ACLU are among 15 groups who have written a letter to the Governor calling the voter ID law a, "significant and shameful step backward".

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7:03 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Raimondo: Surprised by magnitude of sloppy documentation

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says she was surprised by the magnitude of the problems found in an audit of the state's disability pension. Auditors found that for years there was either little or no documentation on whether workers were still disabled or working other jobs.

Auditors went through the files back to 1977 and found no documentation of a disability - such as a medical exam signed by a doctor or medical report - from 1990 to 2000 and again in 2003 and 2005.

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10:47 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Providence stuck with secure communities program

PROVIDENCE, RI – Earlier this year Providence Mayor Angel Taveras tried unsuccessfully to withdraw the capital city from the secure communities program. It's a federal program that requires police to check the immigration status of people arrested against a federal database to see whether they are in the country illegally.

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7:23 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Mayor Angel Taveras happy about child

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is defending his decision to have a child out of wedlock.

At an anti-crime rally in the city's Armory district yesterday (Sunday), Providence Mayor Angel Taveras received congratulations over his imminent fatherhood and got some practice in communicating with one-year-olds.

"How are you?" asks Taveras. "Oh he's happy. He's happy here because he's got a bottle. He's drooling. He's having a good time here."

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8:25 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Civil unions receive tepid interest in first days

PROVIDENCE, RI – It's been five days since Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a law making civil unions legal in Rhode Island, but as of Wednesday morning only three people had requested civil union license applications statewide.The interested parties were in Burrillville, Smithfield and Newport.

The lack of interest stands in stark contrast to the experience of Vermont which in 2000 became the first state in the nation to allow any type of same sex unions.

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