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8:52 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Chafee to grads: never insult a crocodile

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is awash in freshly minted college graduates this morning.

Over the week-end graduation ceremonies were held at five Rhode Island colleges and universities. Nearly nine thousand students received baccalaureate or advanced degrees.

It was cloudy and cool but the rain held off as the University of Rhode Island awarded diplomas to more than three-thousand undergraduate students in an open air ceremony Sunday.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:49 am
Mon May 23, 2011

The biggest little state of profusion

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union, a watery sliver of southeastern New England hardly big enough to qualify as a county in most of America.

But when it comes to government and quasi-government agencies our state is the biggest little state of profusion.

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RIPR News
9:35 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Undercover cop leads to high school drug arrests

Providence, RI – Eight West Warwick High School students have been arrested on marijuana dealing charges. And for one young police officer, it was an assignment she'll long remember.

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RIPR News
8:25 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Civil union bill passes in House

Providence, RI – A bill to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions has cleared the House on a 62-11 vote. Despite support in the House, the bill's future in the State Senate remains a question mark.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed is on record as supporting civil unions. But her spokesman says a Senate vote on the House bill hasn't yet been scheduled. Opponents like Christopher Plante of the National Organization for Marriage hope the Senate will make changes to the legislation passed by the House.

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Economy
7:59 am
Fri May 20, 2011

State unemployment rate edges below 11 percent.

Providence, RI – Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly in April. As WRNI's Flo Jonic reports it's currently the lowest it's been in almost two years.

Rhode Island's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 10.9% - down one tenth of a percentage point from March. It's the first time in 21 months the rate has been below 11%. But it is still two percent higher than the national jobless rate.

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RIPR News
7:52 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Undercover cop leads to high school drug arrests

Providence, RI – Eight West Warwick High School students have been arrested on marijuana dealing charges. And for one young police officer, it was an assignment she'll long remember.

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Morning News Podcast
7:33 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, May 20, 2011.

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4:55 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Father of young victim against changes to 'good time' law

PROVIDENCE, RI – A South Kingstown man whose son was killed by Michael Woodmansee is taking issue with a bill recently approved by the State Senate.


John Foreman IV is asking the state House of Representatives to reject changes in the so-called "good time" law recently approved by the state senate. The bill would prohibit murderers, child kidnappers and molesters from earning time off their sentences for good behavior.

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Morning News Podcast
8:52 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Thursday, May 19th, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, May 19, 2011.

RIPR News
7:15 am
Thu May 19, 2011

CDC against cigarette tax change

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lowering the taxes on cigarettes will increase the amount of smokers. That what Tim McAfee from the Centers for Disease Control said at a recent hearing for the bill.

McAfee is against the idea of cutting the cigarette tax by a dollar per pack.

"In terms of the science of what we know of how smokers react to price, there's essentially no question that we would see more people smoking and less people quitting," he says.

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