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7:11 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Central Falls receiver fires city officials

Robert Flanders says the lay-offs will save the city $139,000.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders has fired two employees and a city solicitor.

The governor's office says the firings took place last Thursday and it involved Central Falls' director of code enforcement, the city's recycling coordinator and an outside attorney.

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RIPR News
5:24 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Residents get first dibs on RI bonds

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Gina Raimondo is giving Rhode Island residents the chance to buy state bonds before they're available to large investment institutions. The state's selling $145 million in bonds, and on Monday and Tuesday residents can buy some of them in $1,000 and $5,000 increments.

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RIPR News
3:29 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Changes anticipated for Rhode Island Public Radio

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Rhode Island Public Radio, the Wheeler School, and Latino Public Radio are nearing a deal that would reshuffle their spots on the AM and FM dials.

The yet-to-be signed 10 year lease allows Rhode Island Public Radio to broadcast on Wheeler's 88.1FM signal. In turn, Rhode Island Public Radio would lease its 1290AM signal to Latino Public Radio for the next five years.

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Morning News Podcast
10:10 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 16, 2011.

Politics
6:08 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Bennett tapped as Providence director of economic development

Jim Bennett will make $150-thousand a year overseeing Providence departments for planning, tourism, and workforce development.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Businessman and former Republican candidate Jim Bennett is Providence's new director of economic development. Bennett says his ideas for creating jobs include streamlining zoning and building on existing technology companies in Rhode Island.

Mayor Angel Taveras says Bennett has the right stuff for the job.

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RIPR News
5:12 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Coast Guard mulls over closing part of Sakonnet River

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Coast Guard says it's talking with the state, boaters and Tiverton officials to gauge the impact of a month-long boating ban around construction of the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

The ban would let construction crews work on two piers in the middle of the river. Those piers require crews to hike huge steel planks into the air off barges.

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RIPR News
11:58 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Heating assistance cut effect on RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – President Obama's plan to cut nearly by half funds for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, may not hurt Rhode Island too badly.

Last year, Rhode Island received $29 million for LIHEAP but spent only $23 million. The President's proposal would reduce federal funding this year to roughly $13 million. But with the $6 million rollover from last year the Ocean State should be in good shape says Kenneth Payne, administrator of the state Office of Energy Resources.

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Morning News Podcast
8:19 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, August 15, 2011.

Top Stories
6:10 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Brown opens new medical school building

PROVIDENCE, RI – After $45 million in renovations, what used to be an old factory in Providence's Jewelry district is now the new home of the Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School.

WRNI's Megan Hall went on an early tour with medical school Dean Ed Wing.

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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Story Corps
10:14 am
Sat August 13, 2011

Anne Grant and H. Philip West, Jr.

Rhode Island Storycorps interviewed Anne Grant and H. Philip West, Jr.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Anne and Phil describe how their conception of marriage and gender roles changed during the 1970s.

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