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6:50 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Attorney vows appeal on marina case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The attorney for Champlin's Marina says he will appeal the state's denial of permission to expand.


The marina is located on Great Salt Pond on Block Island. Owners want to expand from 200 to 250 slips. Many Block Islanders oppose the expansion because of its impact on water quality, shellfish and navigation. Tuesday night the state Coastal Resources Management Council agreed with them and denied the proposal.

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6:46 am
Fri January 14, 2011

EPA fines local shipyard

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two New England shipyards including one in Rhode Island have been fined by the Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal environmental laws.


Promet Marine Services, which builds, repairs and retrofits vessels in Providence, will pay $290,000 to settle claims that it violated federal clean air and water laws.


Rose's Oil Service of Gloucester, Massachusetts will pay 130-thousand dollars to resolve claims it violated federal water and oil pollution prevention laws.

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Political Roundtable
6:42 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Budget woes for RI cities and towns on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The challenges facing Rhode Island's cities and towns. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Rroundtable. 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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RIPR News
12:10 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Champlin's Marina expansion denied

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The attorney for Champlin's Marina says he will appeal the state's denial of permission to expand.

The marina is located on Great Salt Pond on Block Island. Owners want to expand from 200 to 250 slips. Many Block Islanders oppose the expansion, and Tuesday night the state Coastal Resources Management Council agreed with them and denied the proposal.

Attorney Robert D. Goldberg, who represents the marina, says he will appeal on the basis of what he calls "numerous" errors of law.

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RIPR News
12:00 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Public hearing on charter school regulations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Board of Regents is holding a pair of public hearings on proposed regulations for governing the state's public charter schools.

The regulations will cover how charter schools are established, monitored and how they will recruit students.

There are 15 charter schools in Rhode Island, the state limits the number to 36 schools.

Want to Go?
Thursday, January 13th at 5:00pm
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street

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Morning News Podcast
9:40 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, January 13, 2011.

RIPR News
8:54 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Chafee devotes administration to health care reform efforts

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is making it official- he's committed to implementing federal health care reform in the Ocean State.

Today he signed an executive order establishing a commission and executive committee devoted to the issue.

A room full of health care advocates at the Rhode Island Foundation Building applauded Governor Chafee as he signed the order, which devotes government resources and personnel to making health reform work in Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
6:59 am
Thu January 13, 2011

New documentary tells life of RI native Spaulding Gray

Photo courtesy of IFC.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In his very personal monologues, Spalding Gary was usually seated behind a battered desk, wearing a flannel shirt and jeans. His props were merely a glass of water and a schoolboy's notebook. But they allowed him to become a troubadour of his own life, his own view of the world.

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RIPR News
6:52 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Chafee calls for more civil dialogue

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is echoing President Obama's calls for political civility following the shootings in Arizona last week.

At a press conference about health care reform, Chafee recalled a column written about him with the title "They shot the wrong Lincoln."

He says we're overdue for a toning down of that kind of political rhetoric.

"Some of these people don't even believe what they're saying, but they're making money off it," he says."So, the advertisers have to shut them down. That's my view."

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6:50 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Shoveling out from the storm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Islanders got out their shovels and salt yesterday to dig out of the heavy snow storm.


Michael Sotelo stood on Providence's Dean street trying to knock snow off the roof of his car. He said he moved here from Texas about a week ago to live with his girlfriend. The storm is making him rethink his decision.


"But I guess it's cold in Fort Worth right now too, but not snow like this," he said. "I've never seen snow like this, it's ridiculous."

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