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6:39 am
Tue April 26, 2011

West side parents discuss school closure

Superintendent Tom Brady
WRNI file photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence School Board heard answers to some of its questions about a controversial school closure plan.

But the board has delayed voting on the proposal, which will save an estimated $12 million according to school and city officials.

To find out why many parents are opposing the plan, WRNI education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Matt Gabor and Michael Udris from the West Side Parents Education Coalition.

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RIPR News
5:51 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Chafee traveling to Baltimore

WRNI file photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to travel to Baltimore this Friday to learn about how healthcare has bolstered that city's economic development efforts.

Chafee says the trip was suggested by Rhode Island Hospital president Timothy Babineau, who used to work at the Maryland Medical Center. Chafee says healthcare firms are suited for a central role in the land opened up by the relocation of Interstate 195.

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RIPR News
7:31 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Judge to choose Landmark buyer

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

This week marks the deadline for a superior court judge to pick a buyer for Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.

RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Transition HealthCare, and Prime Healthcare Services are all hoping to buy Landmark Medical Center and its rehabilitation hospital in North Smithfield.

Each bidder is from out of town- RegionalCare and Transition from Tennessee, Prime from California.

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RIPR News
4:53 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

RI nursing homes get high ratings

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island nursing homes have higher satisfaction rates than their counterparts around the country according to a survey of patients and their relatives conducted by the state Health Department.


The survey shows 92 percent of Rhode Islanders rate their nursing homes as "good" or "excellent." The compares to an 89 percent satisfaction rate among nursing home patients nationwide.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

House minority leader denies driving while under the influence

Rhode Island House Minority Leader Robert Watson.
Credit: East Haven Police Department.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – House minority leader Robert Watson says he "vehemently" denies driving under the influence last Friday night in Connecticut. Watson was arrested at a DWI checkpoint in East Haven, Connecticut.

Watson was arrested at 10 pm Friday at a DWI checkpoint where all motorists were stopped. According to an East Haven, Connecticut police report, Watson smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking two-and-a-half beers at a friend's house.

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RIPR News
10:07 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Taveras defends school closures

WRNI file photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence School Board meets this evening to consider a plan that would close four schools and reorganize two others.

A vote has been delayed amid questions from some parents who say the plan was hastily put together and unfairly targets the western and southern parts of the city.

Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who says closing schools is always a difficult decision to make.

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RIPR News
9:28 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Ajello undecided about backing civil unions

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Judiciary Chairwoman Edith Ajello says she remains undecided about whether she'd back civil unions if legislative support for same-sex marriage falls short.

Ajello, a same-sex marriage supporter, says she'd first want to find out how advocates feel about a possible compromise on civil unions. "I'd really want to know whether they saw this as a significant move in the right direction," she says, "or whether they saw this as something that would very much slow down progress by being half a loaf."

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Local Features
9:12 am
Mon April 25, 2011

RI's transportation follies

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Morning News Podcast
8:17 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, April 25th, 2011.

RIPR News
3:48 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Brown students & faculty protest the return of ROTC

Photo by WRNI.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A coalition of students and faculty at Brown University is making it clear that they do not want ROTC back on campus.

Brown ended its on-campus ROTC program back in 1969, so current Brown students take part in ROTC through the chapter at Providence College.

The group The Brown Coalition Against Special Privileges for ROTC, or CASPR, says bringing ROTC back sends an implied endorsement of the military.

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