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RI News
9:54 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Rhode Island Remembers Activist Sister Anne Keefe

Funeral services for Sister Ann are scheduled for Friday, January 23rd at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence.

Tributes are pouring in for Sister Anne Keefe, who died Sunday. She was just 62 years old. Keefe was known for standing for the less fortunate.  She was part of the St. Michael the Archangel church in South Providecnce.  Keefe's work for social justice earned her a mention earlier this month in Governor Gina Raimondo’s inaugural address.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza ordered city flags to fly at half-staff after learning of her death.

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RI News
4:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Cicilline’s Public Forum On Immigration Will Highlight Scams

David Cicilline hosts a public forum with fellow congressman Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.
Credit RIPR FILE

Congressman David Cicilline is bringing the chair of the congressional Immigration Task Force to Rhode Island Wednesday evening to discuss the president’s executive order on immigration.  The public forum will focus on preventing residents from getting caught up in scams.

That’s been a problem since President Obama issued an executive order back in November that offers a legal reprieve to some in the country illegally and parents with children who are U.S. citizens.

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RI News
5:08 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Faith Leaders, Law Enforcement Pray For Peace

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Credit RIPR FILE

Faith leaders and law enforcement from across the state will gather Tuesday night to pray for peace.

After the shooting deaths of two New York policemen, and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Rev. Robert Marciano thought it would set a tone in Rhode Island if there was a prayer for peace, for law enforcement, and for those who strive for justice.

“The power of prayer can make a difference. And coming together, getting to know each other, as well as praying together is nothing but a win-win for everyone,” said Marciano.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Fighting To Save The Historic Cranston Street Armory In Providence

A postcard featuring the armory, from state archives.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza held his inaugural celebration this past Monday night at the Cranston Street Armory, an enormous castle of yellow brick whose turrets rise majestically and a bit improbably over the West End neighborhood where it sits. 

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Theater Reviews
5:27 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Gamm’s “Morality Play” A Raucous, Roiling Time of Murder and Madness

Jed Hancock Brainerd as Straw, Andrew Iacovelli as Brendan, Elliot Peters as Springer, Steve Kidd as Stephen. Under table: Jesse Hinson as Nicholas Barber in "Morality Play."
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

Written by artistic director Tony Estrella, from the award-winning novel by British expatriate Barry Unsworth, “Morality Play” sweeps through a raucous, roiling time of murder and madness, of corruption, of just plain hard times.  It's a tidal wave of provocation and problems. Change is good? Sometimes. And sometimes it's not.

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Politics
9:09 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Providence City Council Elects Luis Aponte As Its New President

Luis Aponte is the new President of the Providence City Council.
Credit RIPR FILE

On a split vote, the Providence City Council Monday elected a new president.  Luis Aponte says he’ll reach out to the councilors who voted for his opponent.

Aponte has represented Lower South Providence and Washington Park since the late 90s. He defeated rival candidate Nicholas Narducci on a 9-to-6 vote. Aponte said he hopes to work in partnership with the new mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza.  “I plan to whenever and whereever possible work closely with the mayor to ensure that we create a climate where the city can grow and move forward,” said Aponte.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Jorge Elorza Becomes Providence's 38th Mayor

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza waves to the crowd during his public inauguration in front of City Hall.
John Bender RIPR

Elorza and a crowd of dignitaries braved the wind and cold to see Jorge Elorza be sworn in as the city’s 38th mayor. Governor-elect Gina Raimondo said she is filled with optimism about the city’s future. Gov. Lincoln Chafee was on hand, as was former mayor Angel Taveras, and the state’s entire congressional delegation.

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Transportation
9:28 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Atwells Avenue Bridge Project Begins, To Be Closed For Next Year

A major highway construction project begins today in Providence.  The Atwells Avenue bridge will be closed for the next year.

The $2.5 million project will replace portions of the bridge damaged by flooding in 2010.  The bridge carries Atwells Avenue over the Woonsaquatucket River in Providence.  During construction east and westbound traffic will be detoured around the bridge, and nearby bus stops will be relocated.  The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it will cut construction time by half by closing the bridge completely.

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RI News
1:43 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

“Dangerously Cold” Weather On Its Way To Rhode Island

The National Weather Service warns a blast of arctic air out of northern Canada will bring dangerously cold temperatures on Wednesday.

The arctic blast will hit Rhode Island Wednesday afternoon, packing strong winds and sending temperatures down near zero by Wednesday evening, said meteorologist Glenn Fields. “And then overnight looking at the actual temperature dropping to roughly three or four degrees in Providence, and probably a degree or two below zero in the Burrillville area.”

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Arts & Culture
7:25 am
Sun January 4, 2015

After 30+ Years, Sean Daly Puts Away His Reporter’s Notebook

WPRI reporter Sean Daly put away his reporter's notebook after chasing down the news in Rhode Island for more than 30 years.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

WPRI reporter Sean Daly has been on television airwaves in Rhode Island for more than 30 years. Now, he is officially retired. Daly visited our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch about how the state and the state of local news have changed over the past three decades.

He's written what’s often called “the first draft of history” for some of the biggest stories in the state: the Claus Van Bulow attempted murder trials, Buddy Cianci and Plunder Dome, the credit union crisis, and Central Falls filing for bankruptcy.

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