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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:45 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Hello

RIPR – We have all had at least momentary spasms as we march through our days, wondering whether the people around us notice we exist, whether we are something more than invisible. As 13-year-old Kate Middeleer notes, there are also those glorious moments when the people whose paths cross ours take the time to say hello, and to really mean it.

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RIPR News
7:58 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Statehouse begins final pension reform preparations

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
RIPR file photo.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Possible approaches for solving the state pension crisis will be the focus during the last in a series of joint Finance Committee meetings.

House and Senate fiscal advisers will recap ideas from previous meetings of state Treasurer Gina Raimondo's pension advisory committee. No public testimony will be taken during the session.

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RIPR News
7:48 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Same-sex marriage groups lobby Reed

PROVIDENCE, RI – A coalition of same-sex marriage groups wants U.S. Senator Jack Reed to join the rest of Rhode Island's congressional delegation in backing federal recognition for same-sex marriage.

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Economy
7:15 am
Wed September 28, 2011

RIPTA approves proposal to avoid service cuts

RIPTA voted to spare service cuts--although the time between bus arrivals will increase.
Rhode Island Public Radio file photo.

PROVIDENCE, RI – RIPTA board member Margaret Holland McDuff says public outcry played a huge role in making sure services weren't part of the public transit system's budget cuts. McDuff says the RIPTA board voted to spare service cuts--although the time between bus arrivals will increase.

RIPTA had been looking at cutting night service after 10 pm or eliminating dozens of routes as a way to close a nearly $5 million budget shortfall. But McDuff says rider protests to those cuts were heard loud and clear.

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RIPR News
6:13 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Narragansett Tribe sues state over casino ballot measure

PROVIDENCE,RI – The Narragansett Indian Tribe is taking the state to court for what it calls a double standard on casinos in the Ocean State.

In a lawsuit filed in superior court today, the tribe questions the constitutionality of a ballot measure to bring Las Vegas style gambling to Twin River Casino.

Chief Sachem Mathew Thomas says when his tribe tried to do the same thing, it had to propose a constitutional amendment, while the twin river ballot measure does not.

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Local Features
6:04 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Artscape: The Assembly of Light Choir

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RIPR News
5:26 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

New England cottontail vanishing from RI

A New England cottontail rabbit
Photo credit: URI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Department of Environmental Management say the New England cottontail has nearly disappeared from Rhode Island.

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Top Stories
4:52 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Medical marijuana advocates prepared to sue Chafee

JoAnne Leppanen with the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition
Photo by Megan Hall

PROVIDENCE, RI – Medical marijuana patients and advocates are growing impatient with Governor Chafee's hold on the state's medical marijuana dispensaries. They are now preparing to take legal action against the governor.

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RIPR News
2:38 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Mixed results for NECAP science scores

PROVIDENCE, RI – New test results out of the Rhode Island Department of Education show 1 in 3 students reached proficiency in science, that's up by 3 percentage points over last year.

Back in May, students in the 4th, 8th and 11th grades took the New England Common Assessment Program known as NECAP. 4th graders did the best with 43 percent of them achieving proficiency, while about a quarter of 8th graders and 11th graders achieved proficiency.

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Morning News Podcast
8:41 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

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