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Morning News Podcast
7:57 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

Politics
7:17 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Heart ailment hospitalizes Luna

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence City Councilor Miguel Luna was hospitalized following a heart ailment.

Luna was initially reported in stable condition after arriving at Rhode Island Hospital. City Council President Michael Solomon tells WRNI that EMTs had to revive Luna after responding to his home.

Further details about Luna's condition weren't available for this report. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras was among those sending his thoughts and prayers to Luna's family.

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RIPR News
7:16 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Arrest reports may no longer be public record

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public access to arrest reports may be further restricted under a new proposal from the Department of Public Safety.

The proposal would withhold from the public record witness statements collected by the state police for incident or arrest reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a statement in strong opposition.

Executive director Steven Brown says changes would pose a major threat to the state's already-weak public record laws.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:56 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Everyday is Mother's Day

WRNI – Life is full of surprises and unexpected gifts, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Some come wrapped in joy, while others are much more complicated. That's certainly the case for Laura Rossi Totten.

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RIPR News
3:46 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

RI economy expanding

PROVIDENCE,RI – The latest economic data indicates Rhode Island's economy is expanding slightly faster than the nation as a whole.

Researchers at the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council use employment, wages, and sales to calculate what's called the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator. And for the past six months, it's improved faster than similar data for the United States.

Executive director John Simmons says that's in part thanks to the growing economy in our neighboring states.

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Story Corps
11:02 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Grace Diaz and Xiomara Paulino

Grace Diaz and Xiomara Paulino

PROVIDENCE, RI – Grace Diaz describes coming from Dominican Republic and trying to earn a living in Providence

RIPR News
9:20 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Demonstrations held at Providence Stop & Shop

PROVIDENCE, RI – A recent demonstration at a Providence Stop & Shop was meant to encourage the supermarket to promote better working conditions for Florida tomato-pickers.

Activist David Granberg says Stop & Shop should join McDonald's, Whole Foods, and other companies that have agreed to a penny per pound wage increase for the pickers.

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RIPR News
8:32 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Miguel Luna rushed to Rhode Island Hospital

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Councilman Miguel Luna has been rushed to Rhode Island Hospital.

Council President Michael Solomon tells WRNI the emergency is heart related and that Emergency Medical Technicians had to revive Luna at his home.

Luna is currently in stable condition. He's being transferred to the Critical Care Unit.

Luna serves the Ward Nine district, representing the neighborhoods of Elmwood and Washington Park.

WRNI will update news about Luna's condition as we know more.

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Politics
8:27 am
Tue August 9, 2011

RI economic outlook looks dim

PROVIDENCE, RI – One local observer says economic uncertainty makes the possibility of a double-dip recession more likely in Rhode Island.

For the last year or so, University of Rhode Island economics professor Leonard Lardaro says he thought the state had a one in three chance of sliding back into recession. Now, slowing economic growth and Standard and Poor's downgrade of the US credit rating have changed Lardaro's view.

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Politics
8:14 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Receiver blames binding arbitration for Central Falls financial problems

PROVIDENCE, RI – A controversial binding arbitration bill failed to move forward earlier this year in the General Assembly. Now, Central Falls' receiver Robert Flanders says that city's financial distress was caused in part by binding arbitration.

Central Falls is on the hook for $80-million in retiree benefits. Flanders says that's part of the reason why he made a bankruptcy filing for the city last week. He says binding arbitration caused Central Falls' finances to spiral out of control.

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