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6:23 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Chafee: looking at giving Central Falls a manager

Central Falls could get a new receiver.
Photo by: Ryan Conaty

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says a cash infusion wasn't put into the state budget is because lawmakers thought the receiver's office wasn't moving fast enough.

Three different receivers have been running Central Falls for a little more than a year. The current one, Robert Flanders, begged the state for a nearly $7 million cash infusion to help fill budget gaps, which the state refused.

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4:40 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Central Falls receiver could be replaced

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says a cash infusion wasn't put into the state budget is because lawmakers thought the receiver's office wasn't moving fast enough. And Chafee also says the receiver could be replaced.

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Morning News Podcast
8:20 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, July 4, 2011.

RIPR News
6:27 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Civil unions: how we got here

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is moving forward with civil unions for same-sex couples after both houses of the General Assembly backed related legislation. Some observers call civil unions a step forward in civil rights. But others say civil unions are a form of second-class citizenship.

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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RIPR News
6:18 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Central Falls gets a voice in receivership

PROVIDENCE, RI – One piece of legislation passed in the General Assembly gives the Central Falls City Council more of a voice while the city is in receivership.

Current law pushes the city council into an advisory role, while the new bill requires the receiver to seek advice and assistance.

It's been a little more than a year since Central Falls mayor asked for receivership.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:13 am
Mon July 4, 2011

A civil step to marriage equality

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Independence Day, Rhode Islanders can celebrate our state's embrace of a first step towards full marriage equality for our gay citizens.

After a tortuous debate, the Rhode Island General Assembly has finally approved legislation that grants our gay citizens the right to civil unions.

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RIPR News
4:17 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Lawmakers pass bill that tightens traffic laws

PROVIDENCE, RI – Legislation that tightens restrictions on traffic offenders passed in the general assembly Thursday. Westerly lawmakers introduced the bill after a woman who had 28 traffic violations during an eight-year span struck and killed motorcyclist Colin Foote at a traffic light.

Foote's father, Richard, says the change was needed, "We are absolutely thrilled. We are so grateful, as I think everyone in Rhode Island is, to Representative Donna Walsh and Senator Jamie Doyle for their tireless efforts to correct this wrong."

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RIPR News
3:45 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Taveras helps paint Providence's Independence Trail

PROVIDENCE, RI – The capital city's Independence Trail will be ready for visitors by the end of this month. Work began today on painting the green line that will lead visitors from site to site.

With Providence Mayor Angel Taveras at the wheel of a stripe painting machine, work on the Independence Trail got underway. The green stripe begins at the Rhode Island Convention Center. In a few weeks it will wind three miles through the capital city past about 75 historic sites.

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RIPR News
1:23 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Esserman exit package more than $167-k

Former Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Providence police chief Dean Esserman has received an exit package worth more than $167,000.

The bulk of the money Esserman has received, $111,000, is money he invested in his own pension. In addition, he got nearly $20,000 for interest earned on the pension contribution. Esserman also received $8,700 for two weeks of unused sick leave and $28,000 for more than eight weeks of unused vacation.

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Morning News Podcast
10:43 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, July 1, 2011.

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