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10:16 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Zipcar exanding services in Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – The popular car-sharing service Zipcar is expanding into Providence. Zipcar has held partnerships with city universities for over five years. But Thursday's announcement will focus the service more centrally downtown.


Brown's Executive Vice President for Planning Dick Spies says though the school's program started with just two cars, it now records about 30,000 miles per month.

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RIPR News
10:14 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Providence firefighters not thrilled with negotiations

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Firefighters Union says firefighters aren't thrilled with the concessions the city is asking them to make. The union held two meetings Thursday to update members on the status of contract negotiations.

Union president Paul Doughty says the city is threatening to lay off 58 firefighters if they don't give up a three percent raise scheduled to take effect June 30th.

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RIPR News
10:12 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Kevin McBride new head of RI National Guard

Next head of Rhode Island National Guard and Reserve Kevin McBride.
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE – Governor Lincoln Chafee Thursday announced the selection of an Army National Guard veteran as the state's top military official.

East Providence native Kevin McBride most recently led an Army homeland defense headquarters that responds to natural and man-made disasters.

Chafee calls McBride a tried and true leader with considerable experience, including a combat tour in Iraq.

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Political Roundtable
7:48 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Public safety cutbacks on Roundtable

Providence, RI – Public safety cutbacks in Providence, and the return of the perennial casino issue. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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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Morning News Podcast
7:38 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011.

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, June 10.

RIPR News
4:47 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

State police head wants info on med marijuana patients, growers

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The head of the Rhode Island State police wants his officers to have access to information about the state's medical marijuana patients and caregivers.

Colonel Steven O'Donnell says state police should be able to check if Rhode Islanders under criminal investigations are legally authorized to grow medical marijuana to avoid unneccesary raids.

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RIPR News
2:24 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Kilmartin demands information about Citibank data breach

PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin says he's "shocked" by how long it took Citibank to inform the public of a massive security breach. And Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has fired off a stern letter to Citibank demanding to know how this will impact Rhode Island customers.

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Top Stories
12:03 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

More powerful storms expected to hit RI

Thunderstorms knocked down trees, and left many without power in Providence.
Photo by Megan Hall

PROVIDENCE, RI – More powerful thunderstorms are expected Thursday afternoon through the evening. The biggest danger, according to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, is for damaging winds and large hail. Heavy downpours could also cause flooding.

The National Weather Service says the time frame of greatest risk appears to be between 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, but there could also be severe thunderstorms earlier.

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10:23 am
Thu June 9, 2011

CDC investigates rise in HIV and syphilis

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is experiencing a spike in the number of gay and bi-sexual men with syphilis or HIV and the federal government is trying to figure out why.

The state department of health called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help when it noticed that the number of syphilis cases among men who have sex with men jumped from 20 to 54 in just two years.

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Local Features
10:18 am
Thu June 9, 2011

"Spelling Bee" a summer treat at Theater by the Sea

Credit: Theater by the Sea

PROVIDENCE, RI – Around here, the summer theater season really begins when Theater by the Sea opens. Last weekend they began a version of a Broadway hit about, of all things, a spelling bee.

Can you spell "nebbish?" Can you define it as pitiful, ineffective, timid or submissive? If you can (or even if you can't) you are pretty sure to love this opening show at Theater by the Sea.

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