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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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RIPR News
5:12 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

RI unemployment dips slightly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate dipped slightly in January from December. The January unemployment rate ticked down .2 percent from December to land at 11.3 percent.

That's compared to the U.S. rate of 9 percent. January saw 1,100 fewer unemployed residents with a little more than 65,000 Rhode Islanders seeking work.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
11:03 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Game Time

Game Time

WRNI – All new program, all new format! Host Curt Columbus and Trinity Rep actors Janice Duclos, Anne Scurria and Fred Sullivan, Jr. read and discuss stories of the games we play, and how they shape our lives. Our featured story is "Fathers Playing Catch with Sons," by poet laureate Donald Hall. Personal narratives from The Sun Magazine give provocative perspectives.

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Political Roundtable
8:23 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Providence's fiscal crisis on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence's fiscal crisis. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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Local Features
7:00 am
Fri March 4, 2011

The depth of Providence's financial woes

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is pictured at a Thursday news conference announcing the city's fiscal woes. Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence mayor Angel Taveras says a property tax increase is likely to close a budget gap of 180 million dollars. The mayor has also laid off 13 people, has himself taken a ten percent pay cut and has ordered a 10 to 15 percent across the board cut. In an interview with WRNI's Flo Jonic, Taveras said the financial problems he inherited from former mayor David Cicilline are worse than he expected.

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Local Features
4:37 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Providence teachers call on mayor to rescind terminations

Providence, R.I. – An estimated 1,500 peopled blocked the street in front of city hall waving signs and chanting "negotiate, not terminate!"

Teachers from Providence, Cranston and Central Falls filled the crowd along with members of the firefighters' union. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten called the termination of Providence's entire teaching force "insane."

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RIPR News
12:10 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Edwards' bill would cut sales tax to 3 percent

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's sales tax would be cut from seven percent to three percent under a bill being introduced Thursday at the State House.

State Representative John Edwards' bill would gradually reduce the sales tax over four years. He says this would make Rhode Island more competitive.

Edwards says his bill has an edge on Governor Lincoln Chafee's plan to add a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items

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