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3:09 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Providence gearing up to write more parking tickets

Photo by: WRNI News.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Right now drivers are supposed to feed the meters Monday through Saturday from 8:00am - 6:00pm. But due mostly to overtime issues, enforcement officers stop at 3:00pm and don't work Saturdays.

The city and the union have made a deal creating flex hours to cover the entire time parking is enforced. While that deal gets hammered out, Parking Administrator Leo Perrotta says drivers should start paying attention to the signs.

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RIPR News
2:53 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

RI National Guard head stepping down

Adjutant General Robert Bray. Photo by: RI National Guard.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Rhode Island National Guard is moving on.


Adjutant General Robert Bray tendered his resignation to Governor Lincoln Chafee Wednesday morning. His spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Denis Riel says the General will pursue other opportunities within the Army.

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RIPR News
12:40 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Another delay for Landmark

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket still hasn't identified a buyer. Superior Judge Michael Silverstein is giving the potential owners another week and a half to improve their bids.

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12:10 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Watson disputes police account

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Minority Leader Robert Watson accuses the police of orchestrating his arrest after realizing he was a state representative.

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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RIPR News
11:49 am
Wed April 27, 2011

RI boasts low job fatality rate

PROVIDENCE, RI – Workers are less likely to be killed on the job in Rhode Island than practically anywhere in the country. That, according to a new report published by the AFL-CIO.

Only New Hampshire has a lower on-the-job fatality rate than Rhode Island, according to the AFL-CIO's "Death on the Job" study. Rhode Island's rate for worker fatalities is 1.4 per 100-thousand. That's less than half the national average.

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Politics
9:52 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Same-sex marriage bill dead says House Speaker

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox says same-sex marriage legislation is dead for the year.

Fox, who is openly gay and a strong backer of same-sex marriage, says there is insuperable opposition in the Senate. He's sponsoring civil union legislation instead.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, a powerful opponent of gay marriage legislation, says she will support the civil union bill and predicts it will pass.

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Morning News Podcast
8:29 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, April 27th, 2011.

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8:00 am
Wed April 27, 2011

This I Believe Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – You know that expression, "You never know what you have 'til it's gone"?

This is far more than an overused cliche. It's an aphorism that comes to mind so often when something precious in our lives disappears, especially when we had a tendency to take that special something for granted.

And isn't it inspiring that 12-year-old, Joceyln Mora, has already figured this out?

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RIPR News
7:43 am
Wed April 27, 2011

City council wants longer hours for teachers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Members of the Providence City Council are calling for substantive changes to teacher contracts when they come up for renegotiation this year. A report from the Council's Education Subcommittee says the district could save $4.5 million just by changing pay rates for substitutes.

Subcommittee Chair Sam Zurier says right now some substitutes are getting the same benefits as full-time teachers.

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RIPR News
7:25 am
Wed April 27, 2011

RI Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO retires

PROVIDENCE, RI –

The head of Rhode Island's biggest health insurance company is retiring. Jim Purcell, the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, will leave the company at the end of 2011.

Jim Purcell has been the health plan's CEO since 2005, when he replaced disgraced leader Ronald Battista, who was forced out in a money scandal.

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