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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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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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RIPR News
6:57 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Loughlin says he has GOP support

PROVIDENCE, RI – Republican congressional candidate John Loughlin is claiming support from most of the GOP city and town chairs in the First Congressional District.

Loughlin lagged behind fellow Republican Brendan Doherty in second quarter fundraising. But Loughlin's campaign says a vast majority of the first district's GOP city and town chairs are sponsoring his September 25th fundraiser in East Providence.

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RIPR News
6:08 am
Tue July 26, 2011

13 post offices considered for closure in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Postal Service is looking into closing 13 post offices across Rhode Island. It's part of a larger plan to restructure where people go for mail service.

The Postal Service is looking at closing 3,653 locations across the country, with 13 of them in Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
3:45 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

RI National Guard mourns boating death of soldier

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island National Guard is calling the death of a guard member a tragic loss.


Charles Panek was boating with his brother in the Merrimack River when decided to take a swim, dove into the water, and never resurfaced.

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