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8:03 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Day of Portugal honors 100-thousand RI residents

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Islanders of Portuguese heritage celebrated their culture with the 34th annual "Day of Portugal" parade and festival.

Monica Santos of Lincoln donned a colorful orange dancing costume for the Portugal Day parade and festival which started on Smith Hill and ended at the Bank of America skating rink. A first generation Portuguese American, she lives in a home where the language is still spoken.

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RIPR News
7:57 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Redistricting might help Cicilline

PROVIDENCE, RI – The redrawing of Rhode Island's political districts might offer an edge to Congressman David Cicilline in his reelection fight next year. It's part of the redistricting that happens every ten years.

Cicilline's first congressional district is poised to gain thousands of new voters because it has many fewer voters than the second district. Congressional districts are supposed to be roughly equal in population.

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RIPR News
7:17 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Lippitt fountain reopens

PROVIDENCE, RI – A public fountain that has been closed for nearly 30 years is back in operation this week.

Over the week-end Mayor Angel Taveras and other city officials celebrated the reopening of the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain at Lippitt Park on the city's east side.

The fountain was installed in 1940 to honor former Rhode Island U-S Senator Henry Anthony who served from 1859 to 1884.

After operating seasonally for decades the fountain was closed in 1982 because it didn't meet modern health codes.

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Top Stories
7:07 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Could high gas prices increase local tourism?

PROVIDENCE, RI – High gas prices could actually help the Rhode Island tourism industry this year.

With gas prices pushing $4 a gallon, people are looking for vacation destinations that don't require multiple fill-ups. That word from state tourism director Mark Broduer who says website traffic indicates strong interest from people in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

"It suggests people are staying close to home and they're looking to get out of the house," says Broduer.

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6:58 am
Mon June 6, 2011

The 195 Providence Land Grab

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island has an historic opportunity to reshape the economy and urban landscape of Providence. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if state government is up to this challenge.

Rhode Islanders have long had a bittersweet relationship with Narragansett Bay. Our modern state began here in the place Roger Williams named Providence.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
6:19 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

June - Happy Anniversary

Trinity Rep Radio Theater - June 2011

WRNI – Curt Columbus and Janice Duclos celebrate five seasons of Trintiy Rep Radio Theater -- dramatic literature in conversation with our world, featuring Trinity Rep's resident acting company. June's program features short readings, reflection, and an old favorite: from 2007, a reprise of Robert Penn Warren's "A Christian Education," featuring Fred Sullivan, Jr., Stephen Thorne, Janice and Curt. Enjoy!

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RIPR News
4:52 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Pare: Police union deal wouldn't save $6 million

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says officers will start being notified of layoffs next week if negotiations can't be reached with the police union.

Pare says the police union offered a deal including early retirement and managed overtime. But it also contained a four percent raise retroactive for the last three years.

"And we don't have the ability to award or agree to a raise. Other unions are taking pay cuts," says Pare.

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RIPR News
3:42 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Layoffs at Verizon stores in RI and MA

PROVIDENCE, RI – A company that provides technical support for Verizon Wireless customers is laying off workers in Rhode Island.

The company Flextronics LLC notified the state last week that it will lay off 21 employees in North Kingstown, Providence, Smithfield and Warwick.

Verizon says it has worked with Flextronics for more than a decade but is now cutting ties with the company to start up its own customer service department. And Verizon has been hiring some of Flextronics' staff.

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RIPR News
3:36 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

School merger receives tepid reviews

PROVIDENCE, RI – A bill that would merge the state's two boards of education has received withering criticism from state education officials.

The Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education would be merged with the Board of Governors for Higher Education under a bill sponsored by state representative Frank Ferri.

The Warwick democrat says the goal is to reduce costs and improve student readiness for college.

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RIPR News
2:17 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

New Kent Hospital hire pushing 100

Mary Poncin- Kent's official greeter
Photo courtesy of Kent Hospital

Providence, RI – When Rhode Islanders walk through the entrance of Kent Hospital, they'll be greeted by a woman that's decades older than the medical center itself.

The Warwick hospital has hired 97 year old Mary Poncin as its official greeter. Kent says there was just something special about Poncin's application.

She says her first job was in the 1930s when she earned a dollar a day. Poncin had been looking for work for more than a year.

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