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8:09 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Chafee, new DMV head promise shorter wait times

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee Wednesday vowed to cut waiting times for frustrated motorists at the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

During a news conference at DMV headquarters in Cranston, Chafee announced Lisa Holley is replacing Sally Strachan as the agency's director. Holley most recently served as chief legal counsel for the state Department of Public Safety. Holley says a new team will assess what's wrong with the DMV and set performance-based goals.

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Local Features
4:35 am
Thu March 31, 2011

One Year After the Flood: Warwick Sewage Plant

Plant operator Gwin Cox is still taking readings that computers used to do. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A year ago this week severe flooding damaged homes and businesses on a massive scale. Flood waters soaked cities and towns across the state, but Cranston, Warwick and West Warwick were at the epicenter of the destruction. One casualty of the floods was the Warwick Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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RIPR News
2:11 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Bristol #1 in county health rankings

Providence, RI – Bristol County is the healthiest place to live in Rhode Island. That's according to new rankings out by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Researchers used factors such as life expectancy, smoking rates, and obesity to calculate the rankings. Bristol's rate of people living long healthy lives put it in the top ten percent of counties around the nation.

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RIPR News
10:08 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Music in RI schools

Photo courtesy of Keith Munslow.

Providence, RI – In this week's Rhode Island Artscape we focus on music education.

WRNI's Megan Hall visited musician Keith Munslow at his home studio in Providence to talk about his work bringing songs to local schools. She starts off by asking him about the first instrument he learned to play as a child.

Keith Munslow performs and teaches music to children in Rhode Island schools. He's also a member of the band Superchief Trio.

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RIPR News
9:28 am
Wed March 30, 2011

State workers object to increase in pension contributions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee's plan to make state workers and teachers contribute more toward their pensions remains unpopular with labor leaders. Michael Downey, president of AFSCME's Council 94, was among the union officials who attended a House Finance Committee hearing Tuesday to oppose Chafee's plan.

State workers currently pay about nine percent of their pay toward their pensions. Downey says Chafee's proposed three percent increase would boost a contribution already among the highest in the nation.

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Morning News Podcast
8:41 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

RIPR News
7:13 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Renewable energy gets boost in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Renewable energy in Rhode Island is getting a boost from two new projects. Bristol's Safeway Auto Services has announced plans to construct a wind turbine on its grounds, and the state's largest solar-farm has been planned at East Providence's former Forbes Street Landfill. At 10 to 15-megawatts, The Forbes St. project would be the largest solar facility in the state. The Bristol and East Providence projects have received $125,000 and $200,310 respectively in grants from the Economic Development Corporation.

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Local Features
5:42 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

One Year After the Flood: Perkins Avenue

Perkins Avenue rebuilds after the floods. Photo by: Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This week marks one year since the devastating March floods of 2010. More than 26,000 Rhode Island households were under water. No city or town was spared. But damage was most severe in Cranston, Warwick and West Warwick because of the Pawtuxet River which crested at over twice flood stage.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
5:29 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Angels

WRNI – In a perfect world, all of us would be sensitive to the suffering of others, and would do what we can to ease their path in life. For some of us, this would take the form of large-scale social change that addresses the nagging problems of poverty, oppression, and injustice in our world. For others, it means providing nurture and succor to one person at a time. Both are essential, of course. And as 13-year-old Nick Lowinger tells us, these efforts can begin, literally, with a single step.

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RIPR News
4:37 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Providence superintendent hands in resignation

Providence superintendent Tom Brady announces his resignation. Photo by: Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the fourth time in eleven years, the city of Providence is in the market for a new superintendent of schools.

Superintendent Tom Brady has tendered his resignation, effective July 15th. At a news conference Tuesday he told reporters that leaving was his own idea.

"It's totally my idea. I approached it with a great deal of thought and the time is right," says Brady.

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