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4:22 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Providence fiscal report says city avoided tough decisions

PROVIDENCE, R.I – By IAN DONNIS
The Providence City Council on Wednesday released a report meant to help the city avoid fiscal meltdowns in the future.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras inherited a two-year structural deficit of $180 million. The city council report puts part of the blame for that on the recession and deep cuts in state aid.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
1:22 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

The Names

WRNI – The Ocean State's natural beauty seeps into our souls, from the stunning vistas at Sachuest Point in Middletown to the bucolic trails in Glocester's George Washington State Park. This state's natural bounty seems to define us, or maybe we define it. This week we hear from poet John Grey, whose verses should help all Rhode Islanders understand what it means to connect with the nature that surrounds us.

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Local Features
9:05 am
Wed April 20, 2011

State transportation director says tolls may be in the future

Providence, RI – Orange cone season starts this week in Rhode Island that's when the department of transportation kicks road improvement projects into high gear. To pay for road work, Governor Lincoln Chafee is calling for the state to start using vehicle licensing fees. Michael Lewis, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it's going to take a major investment to get our roads and bridges back into shape.

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RIPR News
8:46 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Offshore wind farm construction plans approved

Providence, RI – Federal officials have approved construction plans for the nation's first offshore wind farm. The 130-turbine Cape Wind project in the Nantucket Sound has already secured the necessary major state approvals and also has an agreement to sell half its power ratified by Massachusetts state regulators. The 468-megawatt wind farm is estimated to cost 2-billion-dollars or more, and construction is scheduled to begin this fall. Rhode Island is considering a similar off-shore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

New report on Providence cites poor financial management

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A new financial report cites for Providence Mayor David Cicilline for poor financial management.


The review authored by city Internal Auditor Matthew Clarkin and government finance expert Gary Sasse says Cicilline failed to present the Providence City Council with a ``corrective action plan'' that could have ``minimized the city's financial meltdown.''

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RIPR News
5:10 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

State hires outside firm to bolster bond disclosure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state has hired a Washington, D.C., law firm to help update its bond disclosure statements in response to a federal probe.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo announced on Tuesday the hiring of the firm of Hawkins Delafield Wood. Raimondo calls the firm's advice critical as the state tries to present a complete picture of its finances to potential bond investors.

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RIPR News
2:33 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

RI woman who led marathon to get MRI

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

The Providence woman who led the Boston Marathon for more than 15 miles is recuperating in Rhode Island today.

Kim Smith had to step out of the race after severe calf pain kept her from moving forward. She says she's going to have an MRI this afternoon.

"To see if I tore anything badly, or had a stress fracture in one of my bones or my legs," she says.

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RIPR News
8:19 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Bakery workers being tested for salmonella

Providence, RI – Employees at a local bakery linked with a salmonella outbreak are being tested for the illness. DeFusco's bakery has been under investigation by the State Department of Health since last month's outbreak made nearly 70 people sick, and killed two.

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Morning News Podcast
7:38 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

RIPR News
5:10 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Six doctors disciplined

Providence, RI – Six doctors have received reprimands from the Rhode Island Board of medical discipline and licensure. Among them, a doctor who charged Rhode Islanders to recommend them for the state's medical marijuana program.

According to the Department of Health, Dr. Yogesh Pancholi advertised his services in a local magazine, offering to evaluate patients for a medical marijuana card in exchange for around 350 dollars in cash.

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