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10:56 am
Wed August 3, 2011

RI Delegation defends debt ceiling votes

PROVIDENCE, RI – None of them liked the largely Republican-crafted debt ceiling bill, but all four Democrats in Rhode Island's congressional delegation voted for it to avert an unprecedented default on the nation's debt. "I held my nose," said junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, voicing displeasure over the bill's plan to trim the deficit by $2 trillion without increasing taxes. "The thing that I'm left with is revulsion that all of the cuts are coming out of ordinary families," said Whitehouse.

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10:24 am
Wed August 3, 2011

College students, sexting and cellphone behavior

The vast majority of college students have sent or received sexual messages on their cellphones.
Photo by Elisabeth Harrison

PROVIDENCE, RI – The vast majority of college students have sent or received sexual messages on their cellphones, according to new study release by Sue Adams of the University of Rhode Island.

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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RIPR News
9:49 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Providence reaches tentative deal with teachers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence teachers will begin voting Thursday on a new contract that will save the city $17.5 million or roughly ten percent a year in instructional costs.


The tentative three-year pact would have teachers forgoing raises the first two years, paying more for their health insurance, giving up some sick leave and teaching an extra 15 minutes a day.

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8:34 am
Wed August 3, 2011

RI Reps react to Giffords appearance

Providence, RI – Rhode Island congressmen David Cicilline and James Langevin say they were surprised and delighted to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, return to the House floor for the debt ceiling vote Monday night. It was her first appearance in Washington since before being shot in the head January 8th by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
7:45 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Letting People Go

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RIPR News
6:26 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Teachers aid charged with assaulting 14 young girls

PROVIDENCE, RI – A teachers aid working at a Providence elementary school has been charged with 18 counts of simple assault.


Prosecutors say 30-year-old Eric Andrews of East Providence asked young girls to sit on his lap. He would then allegedly rub their backs and slide his hand down to pat their buttocks.

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RIPR News
2:37 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Chafee still undecided on compassion centers

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is in no hurry to make a decision on the state's medical marijuana dispensaries.

Since Governor Chafee received a letter from U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, warning of a federal crack down on the state's yet to open compassion centers, he's been cautious about authorizing the sale of medical marijuana.

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RIPR News
8:41 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Hairspray's a real barnburner in Matunuck

Erin McCracken stars as Tracy Trunblad in Hairspray at Theatre By The Sea.
Photo by: Mark Turek

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the curious things about American musicals is their occasional attempt to coincide serious subjects with bouncy music and lots of corny jokes. That's a possible description of "Hairspray" now at Theatre-by-the-Sea.

It was one of those summertime, summer stock classics the other night at Theatre-by-the-Sea. Thunder and lightning, followed by a power outage that took out most, but not all, of the lights at the venerable barn theater in Matunuck.

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Morning News Podcast
8:14 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 2, 2011.

RIPR News
7:44 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Koller approves insurance rate hikes for employers

Providence, RI – Health insurance rates in Rhode Island are going up again. Yesterday, Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Koller approved an average increase of around 10 percent for business that offer United Health Care and 8 percent to 9.6 percent increase for businesses with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Employers that offer Tufts Health Plan will see a nearly 5 percent increase. Koller says rates are going up because insurers have little power over rising medical costs.

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