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3:19 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

RI gets its fire training academy

PROVIDENCE, RI – Fire officials from around the state gathered in Exeter Wednesday to dedicate the state's new fire training academy.

The classroom building has yet to be constructed but the most needed component - a four story steel training tower - is ready for use by the next generation of firefighters.


State Fire Marshal Jack Chartier says the Rhode Island Fire Academy has lacked proper training facilities since it was founded in the 1980's.

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RIPR News
2:51 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

More path to bike in South County

PROVIDENCE, RI – The newest stretch of the William C. O'Neill Bike Path is now open.

This nearly a mile stretch of the so-called South County Bike Path runs from Kingston Station in West Kingston to Route 108 in Wakefield.

The path includes an option for cyclists to bypass heavy traffic on their way to the shore in Narragansett. And it offers a lit tunnel under Route 1 in Wakefield. The plan is to fill the walls of the 94-foot long tunnel with murals painted by the public.

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Story Corps
9:17 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Amy and Susan Pettine

Amy and Susan Pettine

PROVIDENCE, RI – Susan tells her daughter Amy about meeting Amy's father when she was a teenager, and lying about her age.

Morning News Podcast
9:06 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

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8:50 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Proposed cuts to bus service unpopular

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is considering a seven percent service cut.
WRNI file photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Don't cut our service. That was the resounding message as the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) opened a round of public hearings on a proposed seven percent service cut.

The bus agency says it needs the service reductions to close a $4.6 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that started July 1st.

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RIPR News
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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