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5:34 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

URI President condemns hateful acts on campus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University of Rhode Island President David Dooley says he's received positive reaction from his memo sent campus-wide condemning hateful acts. Dooley was especially disturbed by a defaced poster of Martin Luther King Jr and harassment of some gay students.

Dooley says it wasn't just one act, but many over time that prompted him to send the memo. He says hateful acts are cropping up at colleges across the country. And at URI, creating a culture of civility is a primary goal.

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RIPR News
1:59 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

RI Doc license suspended

Providence, RI – A Rhode Island doctor has had his license suspended after driving his vehicle into a liquor store in Seekonk.

Dr. Joseph Grillo has been charged with crashing through the entry way of the store under the influence of alcohol in the early morning of February 16th.

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RIPR News
11:39 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Reed calls for probe into psy-ops claims

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says the Department of Defense needs to conduct a thorough investigation into a report that he and other dignitaries may have been subjected to propaganda techniques by the US Army while visiting Afghanistan.

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Economy
11:38 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Can arts businesses help bring Pawtucket back?

Artist Jill Davis is pictured at her Pawtucket studio. Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Advocates say the arts can help put a city on the map, but can they also help put a city budget in the black? Pawtucket officials are hoping the answer to that question is yes.

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WRNI VIDEO
11:30 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Arts and business in Pawtucket

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Local Features
10:49 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, February 24, 2011.

RIPR News
8:34 am
Thu February 24, 2011

The politics of education in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Public education is always political but in an era of budget cuts, nationwide calls for public school reform and a new governor in Rhode Island, schools are more political than ever. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay to discuss the politics of education in the Ocean State.

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
7:11 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Union officials respond to layoff notices in Providence schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Union officials are furious over the city of Providence's decision to issue layoff notices to all of its nearly 2,000 teachers. They're considering legal action to block the move.

By state law, Rhode Island school departments must inform teachers of possible layoffs for the following academic year by March 1. The city of Providence has, in the past, issued as many as 500 layoff notices but nothing compared to what they plan to do this year: send layoff notices to all 1,962 instructors.

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Economy
6:58 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Home sales, median prices dip slightly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island home sales dipped slightly in January as did the median price. The Rhode Island Association of Realtors reports that existing home sales fell from 395 a year ago to 392 this year.

The median price fell to $198,000 from $200,000 the year prior.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
3:05 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

This I Believe - Rhode Island: Chess

Adults tend to think that life lessons must be learned through decades' worth of experience, complex study, rigorous analysis, and, perhaps, therapy. But the truth is, children sometimes are able to reach astonishingly profound insights about life simply by doing what children are supposed to do, playing games with one another. And that's certainly the case with 13-year-old Raghu Nimmagadda.

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