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7:47 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Navy contractor pleads guilty

PROVIDENCE, RI – A defense contractor has pleaded guilty to bribing a civilian Naval employee in Newport.

Flanked by his attorneys, Anjan Dutta-Gupta said "yes, your honor"
when asked if he bribed Ralph Mariano, a systems engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Newport.

Prosecutors say the bribery scheme began in 1996 when Mariano demanded payments of six thousand dollars a week.

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7:32 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Providence votes to close five schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence School Board has voted to close several elementary schools and a middle school despite strong objections from some parents.

In a meeting that lasted well into the night, the Board approved a plan, which calls for the closure five schools, including Asa Messer Elementary School, Messer Annex, Flynn Elementary, Windmill Elementary, and West Broadway Elementary. Bridgham Middle School will become and elementary school.

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2:04 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

RI to have its own historic trail

PROVIDENCE, RI – You've probably heard of Boston's Freedom Trail - the walking tour of 16 historical sites in Massachusetts' capital city. Well, Rhode Island will soon have its own version of this popular tourist attraction.

Next week, dignitaries will gather at Rhode Island's Old State House to unveil Rhode Island's Independence Trail. It's a three mile walk that includes about 75 historical sites in downtown Providence.

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8:31 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Thursday, April 28th, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, April 28th, 2011.

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8:07 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Civil Union bill disappoints Chafee

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee, a supporter of gay marriage, says he is disappointed that state lawmakers are giving up on a gay marriage bill this year.

But Chafee respects House Speaker Gordon Fox, who believes there is insuperable opposition to it in the Senate. Fox is backing a civil union bill instead.

Meanwhile, Marriage Equality Rhode Island - the chief backers of gay marriage legislation - is feeling betrayed. The group's spokesman Bill Fischer, says it's too early in the legislative session to give up the fight.

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7:58 am
Thu April 28, 2011

South Kingstown considers school closure

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence is not the only place in Rhode Island considering school closures. Parents and school staff in South Kingstown are also weighing the pros and cons of closing down schools.

A committee in South Kingstown is considering several options including shutting down a middle school, or closing an elementary school.

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3:09 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Providence gearing up to write more parking tickets

Photo by: WRNI News.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Right now drivers are supposed to feed the meters Monday through Saturday from 8:00am - 6:00pm. But due mostly to overtime issues, enforcement officers stop at 3:00pm and don't work Saturdays.

The city and the union have made a deal creating flex hours to cover the entire time parking is enforced. While that deal gets hammered out, Parking Administrator Leo Perrotta says drivers should start paying attention to the signs.

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2:53 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

RI National Guard head stepping down

Adjutant General Robert Bray. Photo by: RI National Guard.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Rhode Island National Guard is moving on.


Adjutant General Robert Bray tendered his resignation to Governor Lincoln Chafee Wednesday morning. His spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Denis Riel says the General will pursue other opportunities within the Army.

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12:40 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Another delay for Landmark

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket still hasn't identified a buyer. Superior Judge Michael Silverstein is giving the potential owners another week and a half to improve their bids.

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12:10 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Watson disputes police account

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Minority Leader Robert Watson accuses the police of orchestrating his arrest after realizing he was a state representative.

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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