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4:33 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Buddy Cianci: I love what I'm doing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In six campaigns, Vincent "Buddy" Cianci never lost an election for Providence mayor. But he was twice forced out of office in disgrace and convicted of felonies.

Now, Cianci seeks to have the last word on his colorful tenure. He has written a book telling his side of his storied and controversial career. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay sat down recently with Cianci for an interview.

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RIPR News
4:20 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Stokes testifies in Newport Cliff Walk trial

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Keith Stokes, the director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, took the stand Thursday as a witness in a civil lawsuit brought by a Brooklyn man who became paralyzed when he fell off Newport's Cliff Walk.


Stokes says making Cliff Walk completely safe would require erecting an eight foot fence and closing off large portions of the popular tourist attraction. And, he added, it would compromise the walk's historic nature.

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RIPR News
4:15 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Providence Chamber, Chafee administration differ on combined reporting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –

Under combined reporting, multi-states businesses pay taxes on part of their entire earnings, not just those in a particular state.

State revenue director Rosemary Gallogly says combined reporting would stop businesses from shifting their tax revenue to lower tax states.

"So this really levels the playing field by combing the income from an entire business entity," Gallogly says.

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RIPR News
11:09 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Woonsocket funeral director charged with embezzlement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island State Police have charged a Woonsocket funeral director with embezzlement and forgery. Officials say 38-year-old Todd Lauzon has been stealing money from the escrow clients of clients who prepaid for funeral services.

The charges involve three victims who lost over $27,000. But eighteen other victims have been identified and additional charges may be lodged.

State police Captain James Demers says Lauzon is suspected of embezzling in excess of $100,000 over the past decade.

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Morning News Podcast
8:04 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, April 7, 2011.

RIPR News
6:06 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Most Landmark bidders anticipate lay-offs

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

A week after five companies made an offer on the financially troubled Landmark medical center in Woonsocket, the hospital is finally releasing the details on who those potential owners are and what they plan to do with the medical center.

The bids come from three companies based out of Tennessee- RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Transition HealthCare, and Capella Healthcare, as well as one company from California named Prime Healthcare Services.

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Top Stories
5:28 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Woodmansee could be forced to stay in R.I.

Residents protest Woodmansee's release back in March. Photo by: Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A bill to eliminate time off for good behavior for some prisoners gets a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon. It was sparked by news that child killer Michael Woodmansee is getting out of prison 12 years early because he followed the rules.

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Local Features
4:24 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Web Extra: Buddy and Scott on government jobs

PROVIDENCE, RI. – In six campaigns, Vincent `Buddy' Cianci never lost an election for Providence mayor. But he was twice forced out of office in disgrace and convicted of felonies.

Now, Cianci seeks to have the last word on his colorful tenure. He has written a book telling his side of his storied and controversial career.

Hear WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay and Cianci discuss political jobs.

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RIPR News
1:54 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Review and new board members ahead for RIPTA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered a top to bottom review of RIPTA, the state's public transit agency.

Chafee wants a study done on where RIPTA bus riders are going and if the service offered matches their needs.

He will also appoint four new members of the RIPTA board in the coming weeks, according to his senior adviser, Stephen Hourahan.

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RIPR News
11:56 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Providence's largest union signs agreement

Vicki Virgilio, president of Local 1033 of the Laborers International Union, signs the agreement. Photo by: Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A labor agreement signed Wednesday makes a small dent in Providence's current deficit, but Mayor Angel Taveras says it still marks an important step.

Taveras says the agreement with Local 1033 of the Laborers International Union will save $26 million over four years. It includes a one percent pay cut, higher health insurance co-pays, and an incentive to trim the city workforce through attrition.

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