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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:35 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Voted ID law hurts the "cradle of democracy"

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's General Assembly has enacted legislation requiring all voters to get photo identification. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why our recession-racked state is spending taxpayer dollars on this one.

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RIPR News
8:34 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Biking connection complete

PROVIDENCE, RI – Dignitaries will gather in East Providence to celebrate the completion of a new bike lane connecting the popular Blackstone River and East Bay bike paths.

The East Bay and Blackstone River bike paths are enormously popular but navigating the six miles between them has been a problem, says Bob Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

"They'll tell you, I've tried to make that connection before but got lost. Never knew how to do it,'" he says.

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RIPR News
8:21 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Bruins coming to Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Stanley-cup winning Boston Bruins have accepted an invitation to do a victory lap in the city of Providence.

Mayor Angel Taveras says a date for the celebration hasn't been firmed up yet but he anticipates some sort of party towards the end of September.

"It'll happen," he says. "It's just a question of when and with who. But it'll happen."

What kind of celebration do you envision? I ask.

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Local Features
7:56 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Keeping an eye on Kennedy Plaza

Probation officer Heidi DuPerry and Kennedy Plaza park ranger Dane Shillan take a look around the bus terminal
Photo by Nancy Lavin

Providence, RI – Kennedy plaza is mostly a bus terminal, but not everyone at the Providence transportation hub is there to catch a ride. It's also a gathering spot for people with nowhere to go. WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall checks in with a team devoted to giving the folks that linger a bit of assistance.

On a hot sunny afternoon, Jimmy Plante stands in the middle of Kennedy Plaza, scanning the crowd.

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Politics
7:23 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Mayor Angel Taveras happy about child

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is defending his decision to have a child out of wedlock.

At an anti-crime rally in the city's Armory district yesterday (Sunday), Providence Mayor Angel Taveras received congratulations over his imminent fatherhood and got some practice in communicating with one-year-olds.

"How are you?" asks Taveras. "Oh he's happy. He's happy here because he's got a bottle. He's drooling. He's having a good time here."

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RIPR News
7:07 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Sea turtle season starts in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is coming up on the Sea Turtle season. Boaters and Beach-goers should be on the lookout as the endangered animals head north for the summer.

The sea turtle season in the Ocean State typically starts in mid to late July. The first turtles to appear are usually the medium sized loggerheads. After them come the leatherbacks, which can reach size comparable to a mini-cooper. Boaters sometimes phone in sightings of these giants from the water.

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RIPR News
4:58 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Puzzlers in Providence this weekend

Providence, RI – A group that calls itself the world's oldest puzzlers' organization is in Providence this weekend. WRNI's Megan Hall caught up with the league's program director and NPR's Puzzle Master Will Shortz.

Shortz says the National Puzzlers' league has been around since 1883. The puzzlers meet in a different city every year and chose Providence for this year's convention.

Shortz says the meetings attract many of the country's best word solvers, but everyone is welcome to play.

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Arts & Culture
2:16 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Two puzzles from Will Shortz

Providence, RI – Will Shortz stopped by the WRNI studios and gave health care reporter Megan Hall two puzzles.

First person to get both right wins a prize! Send in your answers to Danielle@wrni.org.

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RIPR News
12:37 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Mayor's girlfriend expecting baby

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence's unwed mayor is now a father to be. Mayor Angel Taveras is having a child with his live-in girlfriend Farah Escamilla.

His press secretary Melissa Withers says the mayor wanted to be open about the pregnancy.

But the mayor's office refused to answer WRNI's questions beyond confirmation of the pregnancy. His office also refused to comment on the example the mayor is providing to unmarried Rhode Islanders.

Escamilla is due in early January.

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RIPR News
12:19 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Executive order may establish RI's health insurance exchange

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is trying another approach in its efforts to create an online marketplace for health insurance.


Legislation to create what's called the health insurance exchange failed to pass in the General Assembly this year, so Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts is looking into whether an executive order from the governor could accomplish the same thing.

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