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OSM: Woonsocket
10:12 am
Mon May 2, 2011

One Square Mile: Woonsocket Primer

A mural on a downtown building welcomes visitors. Photo by: Bradley Campbell.

PROVIDENCE, RI – As you drive into Woonsocket a sign welcomes you to a "city on the move". But a more accurate description may be a city in search of an identity.

Once the home of more than 100 bustling textile mills, Woonsocket is today a city notable for empty store fronts and mill buildings.

Its population has been falling steadily since 1950. Back then the city boasted 50,000 residents. Today it has about 41,000.

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Local Features
10:11 am
Mon May 2, 2011

One Square Mile: Woonsocket Heritage

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Many Americans think that our 21st Century debates over bilingual education and making English the nation's official language are new. Well, a look at Woonsocket nearly a century ago shows that history may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

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RIPR News
9:05 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Curt Shilling gives keynote address

PROVIDENCE, RI – Red Sox pitcher turned entrepreneur Curt Schilling was the keynote speaker at the New England Institute of Technology's graduation ceremony.

When given a choice between what is easy and what is hard, do what is most challenging. That was the advice former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling gave to 13-hundred New England Tech graduates yesterday at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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Morning News Podcast
10:27 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, April 29th, 2011.

OSM: Woonsocket
10:06 am
Fri April 29, 2011

One Square Mile: Woonsocket

PROVIDENCE, RI –

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center is known in and around Woonsocket as the "jewel of the east."

The former Catholic church is home to North America's largest collection of fresco paintings. The church closed in 2000, due to financial troubles and dwindling attendance. But community members came together to save the artwork. They consider a part of their history.

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RIPR News
8:54 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Civil unions and a political scandal

PROVIDENCE, RI – Political Roundtable.

Support for Civil Unions, and a House Minority Leader Robert Watson strikes back. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

Joining the discussion as usual is WRNI Political Analyst Scott Mackay and University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley.

Special guest this week is Gary Sasse, Director of the Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University.

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Political Roundtable
8:52 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Civil unions and a political scandal

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week's Political Roundtable looks at support for Civil Unions, and watches as House Minority Leader Robert Watson strikes back.

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RIPR News
7:59 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Legislative pay under scrutiny

PROVIDENCE, RI – A leading good-government group is backing an effort to create a more transparent personnel management system for the General Assembly.

A bill backed by Common Cause of Rhode Island would create a commission to study a classification plan for legislative pay and jobs. Similar plans have been recommended for almost 30 years.

Common Cause director John Marion says recent legislative pay raises underline the haphazard nature of General Assembly jobs.

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Top Stories
7:47 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Navy contractor pleads guilty

PROVIDENCE, RI – A defense contractor has pleaded guilty to bribing a civilian Naval employee in Newport.

Flanked by his attorneys, Anjan Dutta-Gupta said "yes, your honor"
when asked if he bribed Ralph Mariano, a systems engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Newport.

Prosecutors say the bribery scheme began in 1996 when Mariano demanded payments of six thousand dollars a week.

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Top Stories
7:32 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Providence votes to close five schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence School Board has voted to close several elementary schools and a middle school despite strong objections from some parents.

In a meeting that lasted well into the night, the Board approved a plan, which calls for the closure five schools, including Asa Messer Elementary School, Messer Annex, Flynn Elementary, Windmill Elementary, and West Broadway Elementary. Bridgham Middle School will become and elementary school.

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