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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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Political Roundtable
6:46 am
Wed February 2, 2011

The growing role of Latinos in Providence politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The growing political involvement of Latinos in Rhode Island. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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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Top Stories
6:21 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Chafee makes Board of Regents appointments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has appointed four members to the Board of Regents including George Caruolo as chairman.

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RIPR News
6:18 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Heavy snow can be threat to roof

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – You've shoveled your sidewalk. You've plowed the driveway. But have you thought of looking up?


The Rhode Island Emergency Management agency says roof collapses are a very real possibility with this much snow. Agency director David Smith says flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, but sloped roofs can give out too.

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