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1:43 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Public weigh in on rate increase

Providence, RI – A public hearing continued today over a proposed average eight percent rate increase for people who buy their own health insurance.


The request by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island would take effect on April 1st of this year and affect around 14,500 Rhode Islanders.


Both Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin have come out in opposition to the rate hikes calling them excessive.

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Morning News Podcast
9:24 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, February 3, 2011.

Politics
9:14 am
Thu February 3, 2011

City Council to vote on budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence City Council is slated to take a preliminary vote this evening on a new $638 million budget.

Mayor Angel Taveras says the city is poised to end an unprecedented situation in which it has operated for months without a budget. Two votes are necessary to approve the spending plan, and the second is expected later this month.

A recently completed audit found that the city's liabilities for the fiscal year ending last June 13 exceeded its assets by $20 million.

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Politics
6:44 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Cicilline defends spending under his watch in Providence

Former Providence Mayor, now Congressman David Cicilline. Photo by Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Former Providence Mayor David Cicilline is defending the near depletion of the city's reserve fund, saying he had to make tough choices.

A new audit finds during the last fiscal year, the reserve fund went from $17.3 million to $3.4 million.

Last October the city auditor warned about a draining fund. At the time Cicilline's office claimed the warning was political. Cicilline now says he tapped into the rainy day fund because it was raining.

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RIPR News
4:26 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Charlestown Historical Society looking for a home

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Charlestown Historical Society is trying to wrap up fundraising for a campaign that started back in 1977.

The Charlestown Historical Society has never had its own museum. Instead, for the last 43 years it's bounced around town, setting up exhibits at the police station, fire station, city hall, the library.

The society received a $5,000 donation to build a home back in 1977, and then efforts stalled.

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4:13 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

State Police seize 66 kilos of cocaine, arrest 3

Providence, RI – Rhode Island State Police have arrested three men and seized 66 kilograms of cocaine in what they believe is the Ocean State's largest drug bust.

State Police allege that Rodrigo Saucedo and Andrew Rios of California and Adilson Reyes of Utah transported large quantities of cocaine to a building in North Kingstown.

The out of state men allegedly lived in hotels in Pawtucket while they used tractor trailers to move cocaine in and out of the storage facility.

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RIPR News
3:30 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Increase in snow related injuries

Providence, RI – Slippery roads and piles of snow are starting to take a toll on Rhode Islanders' health.

Nick Stahl with Westerly Hospital says the emergency room has seen an increase in injuries from falls on the ice as well as accidents with snow blowers. He says several patients have lost fingers from cleaning out the machines with their hands.

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RIPR News
1:30 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

State Police conduct massive drug bust

Providence, RI – Rhode Island State Police have arrested three men and seized 66 kilograms of cocaine in what they believe is the Ocean State's largest drug bust.

State Police allege that Rodrigo Saucedo and Andrew Rios of California and Adilson Reyes of Utah transported large quantities of cocaine to a building in North Kingstown.

The out of state men allegedly lived in hotels in Pawtucket while they used tractor trailers to move cocaine in and out of the storage facility.

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Top Stories
8:01 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Another storm hits RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Forecasters say a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to continue across the state, but the worst of the snowfall totals have already passed.

The National Weather Service says snow and sleet are expected this morning, but warm air is expected to move in and begin to turn that to freezing rain and even rain.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
7:41 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Improving

WRNI – All of us can benefit from inspiration as we march through life. Sometimes inspiration comes from remarkable people whose paths happen to cross ours, perhaps in our families, neighborhoods, classrooms, or places of worship. But as Michael Obel-Omia tells us, we can also be inspired by some rather unlikely sources. Michael

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