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7:52 am
Tue March 8, 2011

School officials will defend "Our Heavenly Father" banner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Cranston school committee has voted 4 to 3 to keep a banner at Cranston West High School that civil liberties advocates say is unconstitutional because it carries the words "Our Heavenly Father."

School Committee Chair Person Andrea Iannazzi says officials feel the banner does not display religious connotations.

"The message contained in the banner is one of hope for the future and outlines a moral compass for our students," Iannazzi says. "So that banner has become a part of Cranston West tradition."

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Politics
7:42 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Chafee to unveil budget proposal tonight

Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has briefed leaders of the General Assembly on his budget proposal a day before he publicly announces his strategy for addressing the state's budget deficit.

Chafee, an independent, met with state House and Senate leaders Monday afternoon in the Statehouse. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would not reveal details of Chafee's proposal. She said Chafee avoided budget details during the meeting and instead presented his "overarching vision" for the budget.

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RIPR News
7:04 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Bail set for "Baby Shacks" but no release yet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Bail in the amount of $500,000 has been set for the release of Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio. He is the former reputed Mob boss who is awaiting trial on extortion and racketeering charges for allegedly shaking down Providence strip clubs for protection.

But the 83-year-old Manocchio won't be getting out of prison immediately. Magistrate David Martin stayed his release until the court receives appraisals of the four properties Manocchio is putting up to secure his bail.

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RIPR News
4:57 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Gov. Chafee taps O'Donnell to lead State Police

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Steven O'Donnell. Photo by: Megan Hall.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Marshall Steven O'Donnell will soon have a new title - Superintendent of the Rhode Island State police.


O'Donnell is Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to replace outgoing Colonel Brendan Doherty.


In a room full of law enforcement officials, friends, family, and the media, Marshall O'Donnell said becoming the 12th superintendent of Rhode Island's state police is like coming home.

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RIPR News
2:18 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Study finds Rhode Islanders divided on immigration laws

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A new survey out of Brown University finds Rhode Islanders divided on their support of immigration policy while united on education for the children of immigrants.

The survey asked about the Arizona law requiring police to arrest anyone without proper documentation and found half of residents surveyed said they support the law, though 72 percent acknowledged that the law would discourage immigrants from reporting crimes.

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RIPR News
12:25 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Announcement to come soon on Providence school closures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence is slated to release a list of four to six schools in the next few days that may close down, as the city looks to solve its budget woes.

Providence shuttered two schools last year - Feinstein High School and Perry Middle School - saying the move would save $20 million over a five-year period. Part of the savings were expected to come from averted repairs and maintenance.

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Top Stories
9:12 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Cases sent out of state due to judicial vacancy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's top federal judge says a four-year judicial vacancy has prompted her court to take the unusual step of reassigning more than two dozen cases to judges in
New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi tells The Associated Press she worries the court doesn't have the manpower to handle the 27 civil cases in a timely way.

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RIPR News
7:15 am
Mon March 7, 2011

RI shelter takes in dogs from North Carolina

Photo by Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is home to a couple dozen more canines this morning. Over the weekend a Middletown animal shelter took ownership of 22 dogs from an overcrowded shelter in North Carolina. And it looks like there will be no problem adopting them out.

Tucker, Gus and Polly - three month old tan and black lab mixes whose cuteness would melt your heart - are three of the 22 dogs - most of them puppies - who arrived in Rhode Island from an overcrowded shelter in Mitchell County, North Carolina Saturday.

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Local Features
7:09 am
Mon March 7, 2011

What Providence can learn from history

Providence City Hall. Photo by Yana Vierboom.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The shock of Providence's financial mess has sunk in. Now it's the time to start cleaning it up.

The only surplus is in the amount of blame: A governor, Don Carcieri, and a General Assembly that cut taxes for the wealthy while stripping the city of state aid. A mayor, David Cicilline, too busy running for Congress to pay close attention to city finances. Decades of overly generous pensions for city workers. Add in a stubborn recession.

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Local Features
6:05 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Cicilline: I'm responsible for every decision I made

WRNI's Scott MacKay interviews Congressman David Cicilline. Photo by Lisa Gustafson.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has refused to point fingers at former mayor, now congressman, David Cicilline for the city's current financial crises. So WRNI's Scott MacKay asked Cicilline if he should own some of the problem.

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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