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7:36 am
Thu March 3, 2011

RISD teachers vote no confidence in Maeda

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Teachers at the Rhode Island School of Design have taken a vote of no confidence in the school's president John Maeda.

Mark Sherman, chair of the faculty steering committee, tells WRNI the vote passed last night 147 to 32, with 15 abstentions. Teachers have expressed concerns with Maeda's strategic plan, which would change graduation requirements and end the school's winter session tradition. He has also outlined a re-ogranization of some departments.

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RIPR News
6:39 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mayor Avedisian on compassion centers in Warwick

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

Next week, the Rhode Island Department of Health chooses who will run the state's first medical marijuana retail stores. But state approval doesn't guarantee permission from the cities and towns where the dispensaries hope to open. Some mayors have already come out against the so called compassion centers, but Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian isn't one of them.

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RIPR News
2:22 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Stray voltage believed to kill puppy, sparks legislation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A resolution is on its way to the state House urging National Grid to comb the streets of Rhode Island in search of stray power lines similar to the one that appears to have killed a dog back in January.

The utility says there have been no similar incidents in recent history.

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RIPR News
12:06 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Teachers rally on steps of Providence City Hall

A crowd of teachers and supporters rally outside Providence City Hall. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A crowd estimated at 1,500 gathered in front of Providence City Hall Wednesday to protest the mass firing of city teachers.

Teachers and other union members from all over Rhode Island jammed the street in front of Providence City Hall, chanting "teachers, united, will never be defeated" and demanding that Mayor Angel Taveras rescind dismissal notices sent last week to the capital city's nearly 2,000 teachers.

-SEE THE SLIDESHOW

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RIPR News
11:06 am
Wed March 2, 2011

New report outlines impact of foreclosures on RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island leads the New England region in foreclosures, with nearly five thousand homes taken back by banks in the past two years, according to HousingWorks RI, a coalition that supports the development of affordable housing.


Housing Works director Nellie Gorbea says each foreclosed home brings down the property values of nearby houses.

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Local Features
9:23 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

Economy
7:24 am
Wed March 2, 2011

More women entering homelessness in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – More women are entering homeless shelters due to unemployment and foreclosures in Rhode Island.


Crossroads Rhode Island, provider of services to the homeless, has released a report that found women are the fastest growing group of people facing homelessness.


Crossroads President Anne Nolan says that the issue of women and homelessness is a crisis that often gets overlooked.


Nolan notes that in Providence, a 41-bed women's shelter is consistently overflowing.

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RIPR News
7:19 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Providence teachers protest as city lays out timeline for termination plans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence teachers gather later today to protest the dismissal of every teacher in the district.

When they rally in front of city hall this afternoon, the Providence teachers will be joined by a national leader in the labor movement: American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. And this protest is just the beginning.

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Local Features
7:07 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Chafee discusses budget issues, first months in office

Governor Lincoln Chafee is pictured during his election campaign. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the state and several Rhode Island cities facing tough financial questions in the coming year, there will be many eyes on Governor Lincoln Chafee when he unveils his budget proposal next week. WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis recently sat down with the governor to discuss the state's fiscal standing and Chafee's first months in office.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:22 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Neighbors looking out for each other

WRNI – One of the painful realities of modern life is that neighbors can live near each other for years, cheek by jowl, and barely know one another. How many of us do little more than nod our heads or wave to people who frequently cross our paths as we make our way through the day? Janine Weisman reminds us how important it is to take it one step further.

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