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RIPR News
6:55 am
Mon May 9, 2011

State budget baffles General Assembly

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Rhode Island's state budget mess continues to confound our General Assembly.

You don't have to recall that Joe Garrahy-era tourism slogan, ``The Biggest Little State in the Union'' to know that our state is, well Rhode Island-centric. Residents of our tiny sliver of southeastern New England think we're special, as in the ``Only in Rhode Island'' line that greets every new instance of official foolishness or government chicanery.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
5:38 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

May: She's My Hero

She's My Hero

WRNI – Curt Columbus and Janice Duclos welcome Trinity Rep actors Barbara Meek and Rachael Warren to read and discuss stories about mothers and daughters, featuring "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich.

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RIPR News
3:07 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Parking garage makes endangered list

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Preservation Society is out with its list of the ten most endangered properties in the capital city. And for the first time in the list's 17-year history, it contains a parking garage.

When in 1963 the Providence Outlet Company built a parking garage on Pine Street between Eddy and Garnet, its opening was heralded with a parade and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Now the current owners want to demolish it to make room for a surface lot.

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Morning News Podcast
11:46 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Thursday, May 5th, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, May 5, 2011.

OSM: Woonsocket
10:55 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Woonsocket: Stericycle

Racks of Stericycle's bio-hazard containers at Rhode Island Hospital
Photo by Megan Hall

Providence, RI – What happens to that paper robe you wear at the doctor's office? Or the syringe after your flu shot? Medical waste can't just go to the dump- state law requires sterilizing and shredding it beyond recognition. As part of our One Square Mile: Woonsocket, WRNI's Health Care Reporter Megan Hall found a place that plays a large role in where most of that medical garbage goes.

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OSM: Woonsocket
10:15 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Woonsocket's Mayor Fontaine

PROVIDENCE, RI – WRNI Political analyst Scott MacKay takes our ONE SQUARE MILE Woonsocket series to Mayor Leo Fontaine's office for a chat about the city's storied past and challenging future.

Listen to more stories and interviews in our series, One Square Mile: Woonsocket.

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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OSM: Woonsocket
10:15 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Woonksocket's Police Chief Thomas Carey

PROVIDENCE, RI – By CATHERINE WELCH
The Woonsocket Police department has a tarnished history. In 1982 and for the rest of the decade, the big story was Raymond "Beaver" Tempest Jr. who was convicted a decade later for beating a young woman to death with a metal pipe. His brother was a detective on the force and the public believed Woonsocket Police mishandled the investigation. A few years after Tempest was convicted, Susan Menard became the mayor of Woonsocket.

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OSM: Woonsocket
10:14 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Woonsocket's College Prep Dilemma

PROVIDENCE, RI – School districts around the nation are trying to send more students to college as the United States looks to better compete in the 21st century. In this installment of our series One Square Mile: Woonsocket, we look at a program in Woonsocket city schools that prepares students for life after high school, but not necessarily a 4-year college.

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RIPR News
8:42 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Governor gives "green line" to Independence Trail

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras have signed a memorandum of agreement establishing the Independence Trail - a three mile walking trail of historic sites in the capital city.

The Independence Trail, which will be marked with a green sidewalk stripe, will guide visitors to 75 sites of historic importance in Providence.

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RIPR News
4:26 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Advocates call for lifting hold on compassion centers

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Patients and advocates headed to the state house today, urging Governor Lincoln Chafee to lift his hold on licensing Rhode Island's medical marijuana dispensaries.

Joanne Leppanen, the executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, says patients have waited far too long for a legal place to buy their medicine.

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