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9:31 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

RIPR News
9:01 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Mystic Aquarium sends pilot whale tissue to lab

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Mystic Aquarium says it has sent tissue from stranded whales off to a pathologist to determine the cause of death.

The aquarium's stranding coordinator Janelle Schuh says the necropsy didn't turn up anything unusual and there were no signs that they were caught up in fishing lines.

Schuh says they were pilot whales, an adult female about 15-feet long and a male juvenile about 9-feet long.

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Top Stories
8:33 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Providence close to closing budget deficit

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he's optimistic the city will succeed in closing its current 110 million dollar deficit.

Providence has already closed most of the deficit, in part through contract concessions from firefighters, police, and other city employees. More help came from a bill allowing Providence to shift some retiree healthcare costs to Medicare. All this has Taveras feeling encouraged.

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Top Stories
7:27 am
Wed July 6, 2011

MERI to keep fighting for full marriage rights

PROVIDENCE, RI – An advocacy group says it plans to keep fighting in the next General Assembly session for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Marriage Equality Rhode Island, MERI, considers the state's new civil union law discriminatory because it exempts religious institutions.

No church is forced to hold a gay civil union.

MERI campaign coordinator Ray Sullivan says his group remains focused on the goal of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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RIPR News
7:16 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Randolph parade crasher sober

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island state police say a Providence woman who allegedly drove her car into a parade in Massachusetts was not drunk at the time.

Authorities in Randolph, Massachusetts says it's a miracle no one was hurt.

At around 7:15 Sunday night police say a Providence woman named Gloria Hodge drove her car into a parade that was just starting in Randolph.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
4:52 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Gospel Music

WRNI – When you were a teenager, did you ever feel as if the proverbial rug had been pulled out from underneath your entire world? Sadly, this happens in the lives of too many teens, and their heartfelt distress isn't always the stuff of adolescent hyperbole. That's certainly the case with this 13-year-old Fiona Yonkman, who found remarkable ways to cope with the intense challenges she encountered.

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RIPR News
4:41 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Little interest for civil unions licenses on first day

PROVIDENCE, RI – Tuesday was the first day Rhode Islanders could apply for civil union licenses, but a check of the state's six largest cities shows no one did. Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for Marriage Equality Rhode Island, says that may be because few people knew the Governor had signed the bill into law Saturday.

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RIPR News
4:02 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Average wages rise for most Rhode Island workers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Wages went up nearly 3 percent in Rhode Island last year, in both the private and public sectors.

Numbers out of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training found the average wage at $44,651. That's up 2.8 percent from the year before, but it's below the national average.

The average wage rose in most sectors, with workers in corporate, regional or district offices along with finance and insurance workers seeing the largest gains.

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RIPR News
9:35 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Police say RI woman drives car into parade

PROVIDENCE, RI – Police in Randolph, Massachusetts say they have no idea why a Providence woman drove into a parade Sunday night. The driver faces at least three criminal charges.

It was 7:15 pm Sunday and the "Third of July" parade in Randolph, Massachusetts was just starting when, according to police, a Providence woman deliberately drove her car towards the parade marchers. They ran for their lives.

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Morning News Podcast
8:54 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

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