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Morning News Podcast
11:14 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, February 7, 2011.

RIPR News
6:46 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Public to weigh in on medical marijuana retail applicants

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Eighteen applicants are vying for up to three spots to run the state's first medical marijuana retail stores. Today the public has a chance to weigh in on their proposals.


Officials expect to pack the Department of Health's auditorium for the 10am public hearing. The meeting will be divided into three comment periods- medical marijuana patients will testify first, followed by representatives of cities and towns and then the general public.

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Politics
6:37 am
Mon February 7, 2011

RI lawmakers take up same-sex marriage bill this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – House lawmakers will take up a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the bill Wednesday after delaying a Feb. 2 hearing because of bad weather.


The legislation has been introduced several times over the years, but failed when it faced opposition from previous Republican Gov. Don Carcieri and former legislative leaders.

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Top Stories
6:33 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Police chief suspended for one day

Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman is pictured here. WRNI file photo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence police chief Dean Esserman has today off - but it's not because of vacation or sickness. He's been suspended for one day as the result of a verbal altercation with a subordinate.


The confrontation happened Friday, according to a statement from the mayor's office. But the city is withholding details because it's a personnel matter.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
3:04 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Where the Hearth Is

Trinity Rep Radio Theater - Where the Hearth Is

Providence – All new program, all new format! Curt Columbus Trinity Rep actors Stephen Berenson, Janice Duclos, and Joe Wilson, Jr. read and discuss stories of home, loss and resilience. In our featured story Joseph Heller's "Castle of Snow," a family confronts unemployment. Personal narratives from The Sun Magazine give provocative perspectives.

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Region
11:55 am
Fri February 4, 2011

The flood of the century

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the spring of 2010 several weeks of heavy rains caused rivers in Rhode Island to jump their banks, wreaking havoc on the state. The floods closed businesses, forced hundreds of evacuations and shut down parts of Interstate 95.


This webpage was put together as an entry for the AP of Southern New England Awards.

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Region
11:44 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Homeless to Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When most of his high school friends were worrying about their SAT scores or who to take to the high school prom, Nick Donias was wondering where he'd sleep for the night. Two years ago, Donias was homeless, with a big dream of attending an Ivy League college. Now he's a sophomore at Brown - and he's begun to share his story about overcoming homelessness. WRNI education reporter Elisabeth Harrison has this profile.

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Local Features
9:52 am
Fri February 4, 2011

The rising presence of Latinos in local politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI continues its series on Providence's Latino community, "Providence: mi ciudad," with a look at political activity in Providence. The election in November of the city's first Latino mayor, Angel Taveras, was a major milestone, and efforts over the last years have multiplied the Latino presence on the Providence City Council. WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis has our story.

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Morning News Podcast
9:44 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, February 4, 2011.

RIPR News
7:48 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Winter farmer's markets on the rise in Northeast

Photo by Nancy Cohen.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Farmers markets have seen huge growth in the past three decades. They give consumers access to local food, sometimes at a lower price. And farmers can sell without a middleman getting a cut. Now, some markets run through the entire winter. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports the number of winter-long markets have doubled, tripled, even quadrupled in some states.

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