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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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Morning News Podcast
10:17 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, July 8, 2011.

Political Roundtable
8:53 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Political Roundtable - July 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Modest interest in civil unions, and the new voter ID law. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable with our special guest, former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst.

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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Local Features
8:18 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Woonsocket disputes sewage spill

PROVIDENCE, RI – The city of Woonsocket is disputing a state claim that tens of thousands of gallons of partially treated sewage flowed into the Blackstone River last week.

The city of Woonsocket says there is no truth to a Department of Environmental Management report that up to 162-thousand gallons of partially treated sewage flowed into the Blackstone River last week when a series of power surges caused the city's sewage treatment plant to shut down.

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RIPR News
8:13 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Medina faces potential prosecution

PROVIDENCE, RI – Leo Medina, a freshman state representative from Providence is facing possible prosecution for misrepresenting himself as a lawyer. And the state Republican Party is calling on him to resign.

A state Supreme Court committee reviewed the case against Democrat Leo Medina after a series of complaints. The committee found that Medina and/or his business violated laws governing the unauthorized practice of law.

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