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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:57 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Listening to the 99 percent

PROVIDENCE, RI – The ragtag army that is the Occupy Wall Street movement has been ridiculed by politicians, talk show nation and many in the media. But with a Congressional Budget Office report showing the top 1 percent nearly tripled their wealth in the last 30 years, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this protest seems to be resonating with the remaining 99 percent.

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RIPR News
5:49 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Researchers seek photos of high tide

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Coastal Resource Management Council is asking residents who live in areas that flood to take pictures of their property during this week's extremely high tides. The photos will give researchers a glimpse into the future.


The sun, moon and Earth are aligned in such a way that the gravitational pull is creating extremely high tides this week. The highest tides are during the day this month, so researchers are asking residents to snap a photo and send it to them.

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RIPR News
4:07 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Foul play ruled out in cruise deaths

Providence, RI – Investigators are ruling out murder as the cause of death for a Tiverton woman and a man from New Hampshire who died on a cruise ship docked in Boston. The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office says it's likely medical conditions contributed to the deaths of the unnamed 67 year old woman from Tiverton and the 23 year old man from New Hampshire.

Spokesman Jake Wark says an initial autopsy and investigation of the deceased's rooms showed no indication of foul play.

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RIPR News
8:52 am
Fri October 28, 2011

URI athlete dies following a workout

PROVIDENCE, RI – The University of Rhode Island says a student athlete has died following a workout.

The school reports that Joseph Paul Ciancola of Orange, Connecticut, died Thursday. He suffered an unspecified medical emergency during a baseball team preseason workout on Monday. The 20-year-old student passed away at Rhode Island Hospital.

The school says the workout was supervised by a coach certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

The cause of death has not been determined.

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Morning News Podcast
8:43 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – The special session continues on overhauling the state pension system... hear more on RIPR's Morning Edition podcast.

Local Features
8:11 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Clybourne Park touches a nerve at Trinity Rep

Left to Right: Brown/Trinity Rep MFA student Mia Ellis, and resident acting company members Joe Wilson, Jr. and Rachael Warren in Clybourne Park.
Photo by: Mark Turek

PROVIDENCE, RI – Ever wonder why things happen? Why the simplest, most mundane, even boring conversation, can suddenly blast into a Vesuvian eruption? Playwright Bruce Norris sure seems to think about things like that.

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RIPR News
7:12 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Woonsocket mayor says pension overhaul critical

Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine says the state must pass Treasurer Gina Raimondo's pension overhaul plan.
Photo by Bradley Campbell.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine is appealing to lawmakers to pass the pension overhaul bill proposed by Governor Lincoln Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimundo. Fontaine says it's critical to the fiscal health of his city.

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Political Roundtable
7:00 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Political Roundtable: AFL-CIO President defends union position on penions

AFL-CIO President George Nee want parts of the pension overhaul to change.
Photo by Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public hearings on the pension overhaul, and an inside view from the unions, it's all on Political Roundtable. Our special guest this week: AFL-CIO President George Nee.

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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RIPR News
5:36 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

DOH contains mumps outbreak at Providence school

PROVIDENCE,RI – The Rhode Island Department of Health says it has successfully contained an outbreak of mumps at a Providence school. Officials say two staff members at an unnamed school came down with the infectious virus around October 17th.

Around 32 staff members were exposed to the infected employees and all were offered mumps booster shots. Records showed that all children at the school were up to date on their mumps vaccines.

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