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8:42 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Conservative think tank dissolves

PROVIDENCE, RI – A four-year-old conservative think tank is dissolving after an internal dispute over the group's direction.

The Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI) was formed to challenge what its founder called a surplus of liberal groups in Rhode Island. OSPRI's board got rid of its founder, William Felkner. The group's executive director, Michael Stenhouse, says the board had conflicting views about how to be effective.

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Politics
8:36 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Romney in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Local Democrats and Republicans are trading fire over GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's appearance at a Newport fundraiser, where former governor Don Carcieri was among the hosts.

For $250, supporters can attend the fundraiser. Add another zero and the tab for a private reception with Romney is $2500. State GOP chairman Ken McKay says it's too early for him to endorse a candidate, but he likes what he sees in Romney.

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RIPR News
8:34 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Tick disease on the rise

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is seeing a spike in cases of babesiosis, a little known tick disease that can be fatal to the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

Fifteen years ago Rhode Island averaged one or two cases of babesiosis a year. Last year, 76 cases were reported. Thomas Mather, director of URI's Center for Vector Borne Disease, says some of the increase may be due to improved diagnosis. But it's also due to an increase in the tick population.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
10:01 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Great Teaching

WRNI – Every one of us can name remarkable teachers who changed the course of our lives - what we think about, how we think, what we care about. What was it that made those teachers such standouts and such a gift to the students they taught? Bruce Marlowe shares his beliefs based on his experiences with one very special teacher who crossed his path.

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RIPR News
6:53 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Memorial Hospital's long time CEO names successor

Providence, RI – It's an end of an era for Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. The medical center's president and CEO for nearly 50 years is retiring.

Frank Dietz has been the leader of Memorial for 47 years, so long that the Hospital Association of Rhode Island claims he's the longest serving hospital CEO in the country.

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RIPR News
11:38 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Bridge in such poor condition that all trucks banned

PROVIDENCE, RI – An East Providence bridge that carries 12,000 vehicles a day has been closed to all truck traffic because of deteriorating steel support beams.


The weight limit on the North Broadway Bridge, which carries traffic over the Ten Mile River, was lowered to seven tons in 2008. A recent inspection caused the state to lower the weight limit further, to three tons.


State bridge engineer David Fish says that precludes use by any vehicle larger than a pick-up.

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RIPR News
11:33 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Thundermist opens West Warwick facility

PROVIDENCE, RI – Local non-profit Thundermist health center is expanding its West Warwick facilities with a new site.

Thundermist has locations throughout the state offering medical, dental, and social services. The opening at the Cotton Shed on Providence Street was prompted by increased demand at the original West Warwick site.

Interim CEO Chuck Jones says the new site will focus primarily on medical and community programs, while the older location will provide dental services.

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Top Stories
11:30 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Newport students try to avoid the "summer slide"

Summer is a time when many students just hang around, and that puts them at a greater risk for falling behind when they return to school.
Photo by Elisabeth Harrison

PROVIDENCE, RI – Summer vacation is a time-honored tradition when school children take a break from academics and go to summer camp, travel with their families or even work summer jobs. But it's also a time when many students just hang around, and that puts them at a greater risk for falling behind when they return to school. I spoke with students in Newport, who don't have enough to do this summer, even though they live in the heart of one of Rhode Island's busiest summer destinations.

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Morning News Podcast
9:09 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

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8:32 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Public hearings begin on bus service cuts

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public hearings on the proposed budget cuts by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) are scheduled to begin at Newport city hall.

RIPTA says the cuts are caused by a loss of revenue from the state gas tax combined with rising fuel costs. The proposed cuts affect 35 communities and 39 bus routes. Other proposed changes are to end service at 10 pm instead of midnight, and eliminate service on holidays.

Many frequent bus riders say they are upset and frustrated with the proposed cuts.

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