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6:10 am
Mon June 27, 2011

The transatlantic race: a sailing odyssey

New York Yacht Club race organizer Tinker Myles says weather will determine the danger of the race.
Photo by Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – A year after the Civil War ended three members of the New York Yacht Club wagered 30-thousand dollars apiece on who could win a transatlantic sail race. That tradition continued in Newport with the 28th running of the Transatlantic Sail.

With the boom of a cannon and cheers from a few dozen well-wishers the 2011 Transatlantic Race got underway in Newport. The nearly 3,000 mile trip will take about three weeks.

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9:48 am
Sun June 26, 2011

The Pench: a tale of two treasurers.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo says she learned from her predecessor, and is taking a different approach to deal with the state pension crisis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – These days, if you want to catch up with Nancy Mayer your best bet is a golf course. But between 1994 and 2000, when she was Rhode Island's General Treasurer, she was a fixture on Smith Hill telling anyone who would listen that the state pension system was going broke. The statehouse crowd derided her as a Henny Penny screaming needlessly that the sky was falling.

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9:00 am
Sat June 25, 2011

The Pench: long live the retirees

Milton Bronstein, never thought he?d live to be 94. But he has. He's one of many state retirees living longer than expected.
Photo by Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the problems facing the state's pension system is that retirees are living longer. At the turn of the 20th century Americans lived an average of 49 years. Today it's 78 and that means retirees are collecting state pensions a lot longer than they used to.

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5:45 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

The Pench: Political Roundtable

The Pench: Political Roundtable

Providence, RI – Listen to this special edition of WRNI's political roundtable focusing on the pension crisis in Rhode Island. WRNI's Ian Donnis and Scott Mackay, with guests from government, unions, and academia, look at what it means for the state and what it means going forward.

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RIPR News
4:16 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Watch out for contaminated salad

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

A salad mix sold at Walmart and other stores in Rhode Island may contain dangerous bacteria.


The state department of health is warning consumers to stay away from Dole or Kroger brand Italian salad blends with the use by date of June 19th.


The bags of salad may contain Listeria- a bacteria that can cause fever, nausea, and headaches, especially among pregnant women and people with weak immune systems.

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RIPR News
3:28 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Providence STD clinic closing

Providence, RI – A Providence clinic for screening and treating sexually transmitted diseases is closing its doors.

The Whitmarsh STD clinic on Broad st in Providence relies on funds from the Department of Health to stay open. And now that funding is gone.

The Health Department's spokesman Peter Hanney says it was a tough decision, but DOH had to cut its budget somewhere. Health officials determined that defunding Whitmarsh "would have the least affect on the community at large," he says.

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RIPR News
3:20 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Mayor and Providence police reach agreement

Mayor Angel Taveras announcing his agreement with the Providence police union
Photo by Dan Appenfeller

Providence, RI – Providence won't be laying off 78 police officers after all.

The Fraternal Order of Police has accepted a deal with the city to sacrifice pay raises for six years to avert the layoffs. Mayor Angel Tavarez says the deal will save the city 6-million dollars.

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Morning News Podcast
8:45 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Friday, June 24th, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, June 24th, 2011.

Morning News Podcast
8:43 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, June 23rd, 2011.

Local Features
7:12 am
Fri June 24, 2011

The Pench: One state worker fears for her future security

The future of RI pensioners rides on decisions made by the legislature.
Photo by James Wyman

PROVIDENCE, RI – For 31 years, Elaine Hanlon has worked for the public defender's office mostly in criminal investigation. "I track down and interview witnesses, I serve subpoenas, photograph crime scenes," says Hanlon.

Her job takes her into neighborhoods the police don't dare enter without back up and the hours are all over the place.

"None of us is willing to see someone go to jail just because we don't feel like working on a weekend, we just want to do the right thing," she says.

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