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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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RIPR News
12:14 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

ACLU speaks out against halting compassion centers

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The Rhode Island ACLU is urging Governor Lincoln Chafee to lift his hold on the state's medical marijuana dispensaries.

In a hand delivered letter, the civil liberties group challenges U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha's contention that state compassion centers violate federal law.

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Top Stories
10:14 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Woonsocket's School Issues

PROVIDENCE, RI – In today's installment of One Square Mile Woonsocket, we focus on the Woonsocket school system. Serving roughly 3,000 students each day, Woonsocket schools face challenges like high poverty and low graduation rates.

WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Superintendent Bob Gerardi, who says the schools have not forgotten Woonsocket's history as a French-Canadian mill town.

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Morning News Podcast
9:58 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, May 4th, 2011.

This I Believe Rhode Island
8:51 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Emotional Support

WRNI – There are ten words none of us ever wants to hear about a loved one: "I have some very difficult news to share with you." What comes next can't possibly be good; we hope, and perhaps pray, that we have the strength to cope with whatever we are about to hear. Audrey Kupchan tells us what sustained her after she received bad news about the person who is at the center of her world.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:50 am
Wed May 4, 2011

This I Believe Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – In this week's essay, Audry Kupchan talks about coping with adversity.

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RIPR News
8:35 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Providence rehires teachers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Most Providence teachers will be rehired, but not all.

The Providence School District says it will recall about 14-hundred of the termination notices it sent out earlier this year.

Grappling with budget cuts, the school district had sent termination letters to every teacher.

In a released statement, the district says it will work with roughly 370 teachers to see if there's a matching position inside the district. And it will not rescind termination letters for 119 teachers.

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