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8:42 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Education reform leader to speak in Rhode Island today

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12:26 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Technically not an Indian Summer - but still nice

PROVIDENCE, RI – Monday and Tuesday are it for this spell of warm weather. The National Weather Service says we can expect highs Monday around 83 degrees. Tuesday will be down into the low 70's and by Wednesday we should be down into the mid-60's.

That's where temperatures should be.

National Weather Service forecaster Bill Simpson says a warm high pressure is part of why it feels more like summer than fall.

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Local Features
10:38 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Is college radio dying out in Rhode Island?

PROVIDENCE, RI –

This public radio station's move onto the FM dial may be good news for fans of NPR, but the deal has pushed Brown Student and Community Radio off the airwaves. BSR is the second college radio station in Rhode Island to lose its FM signal this year.

Brown Student Radio is a community radio station run in the great tradition of college radio: a motley mix of everything from a bootleg recording of a folk concert to a talk show about wrestling.

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Local Features
10:16 am
Mon October 10, 2011

RI should fund higher ed, not close its doors

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee's support for in-state tuition for undocumented students has drawn brickbats from conservative Republicans and anti-immigrant activists and, of course, the Rhode Island Tea Party. Chafee is being lambasted for making an end run around the General Assembly, which for years now has refused to approve, or even vote on, legislation that would have given these children a shot at a college education at the lower in-state tuition rates.

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RIPR News
8:34 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Headstone dedicated to John Gordon

PROVIDENCE, RI – This has been a big year for John Gordon, the last man executed in Rhode Island. Over the week-end the 19th century Irish immigrant got a proper headstone and a marker at the Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial. Gordon was convicted of the 1843 murder of textile magnate Amasa Sprague. He was hanged after a trial marked by flimsy evidence and an atmosphere of anti Irish bias. His execution was a factor in Rhode Island becoming the second state in the nation to outlaw the death penalty.

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RIPR News
8:26 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Festival Ballet pins hopes on fundraiser

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of Rhode Island's most treasured arts groups has reached an important milestone. After years of deficits, Festival Ballet turned a small profit for the fiscal year ending in August.

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RIPR News
8:12 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Record-breaking temperatures in the Ocean State

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island broke a warm weather record last weekend. The mercury hit 85 degrees Sunday at T.F. Green Airport, shattering the 84 degree record set in 1943. The temperature was nearly 20 degrees warmer than the average for October 9th. Most people, like Joe Almeida of Bristol, viewed it as a bonus.

"Oh it's wonderful," he says. "It's great to have such great weather this time of year."

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RIPR News
7:58 am
Mon October 10, 2011

I-195 Redevelopment Commission scheduled to meet

PROVIDENCE, RI – The commission responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of former I-195 land will hold its first meeting later this week.

The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission is set to meet Wednesday at the Rhode Island Foundation building in Providence. Commission chairman Colin Kane says the group also plans a November 5th workshop on the group's mission, staffing, legal requirements, and other issues.

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RIPR News
2:33 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Chafee feels vindicated by federal crackdown on medical marijuana

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee says he feels vindicated by a federal clampdown on medical marijuana in California.

Chafee upset local medical marijuana supporters when he put a halt to plans for large-scale dispensaries known as compassion centers. But the governor says a federal crackdown against medical marijuana distribution centers in California shows he made the right decision.

Chafee says any local medical marijuana compromise should be based on a memo written by a federal prosecutor.

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Local Features
9:27 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Political Roundtable: Critics of tuition change and Occupy Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – The "Occupy Wall Street" protests gather steam, and critics of Governor Lincoln Chafee demonstrate outside the state house - that's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Ian Donnis is our host.

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