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3:10 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

No heat records broken in Rhode Island

Residents get out of the heat in downtown Providence.
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thanks to some cloud cover it doesn't look like Rhode Island broke any warm weather records Thursday. But that doesn't mean it isn't uncomfortably warm.

High humidity coupled with a temperature in the mid 80's had people staying close to air conditioners. Nick Rezendes is looking forward to cooler weather this week-end.

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RIPR News
11:31 am
Fri June 10, 2011

RI to get $27,000 from drug settlement

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is getting a small slice of a more than 30 million dollar multi-state settlement with a drug company that made false claims about its product.

UCB, inc agreed to the sum after marketing an anti-epilepsy drug called Keppra for unapproved purposes including headaches, migraines, and anxiety disorder.

The Ocean State will get 27 thousand dollars.

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RIPR News
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.

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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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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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