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4:24 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Web Extra: Buddy and Scott on government jobs

PROVIDENCE, RI. – In six campaigns, Vincent `Buddy' Cianci never lost an election for Providence mayor. But he was twice forced out of office in disgrace and convicted of felonies.

Now, Cianci seeks to have the last word on his colorful tenure. He has written a book telling his side of his storied and controversial career.

Hear WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay and Cianci discuss political jobs.

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RIPR News
1:54 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Review and new board members ahead for RIPTA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered a top to bottom review of RIPTA, the state's public transit agency.

Chafee wants a study done on where RIPTA bus riders are going and if the service offered matches their needs.

He will also appoint four new members of the RIPTA board in the coming weeks, according to his senior adviser, Stephen Hourahan.

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RIPR News
11:56 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Providence's largest union signs agreement

Vicki Virgilio, president of Local 1033 of the Laborers International Union, signs the agreement. Photo by: Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A labor agreement signed Wednesday makes a small dent in Providence's current deficit, but Mayor Angel Taveras says it still marks an important step.

Taveras says the agreement with Local 1033 of the Laborers International Union will save $26 million over four years. It includes a one percent pay cut, higher health insurance co-pays, and an incentive to trim the city workforce through attrition.

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Top Stories
10:34 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Biltmore Hotel in court-appointed management

Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Superior Court judge has appointed a special master to operate the Providence Biltmore after the hotel's owner defaulted on a loan.

Court spokesman Craig Berke says Judge Michael Silverstein appointed Providence lawyer Rick Gemma as the special master for the hotel. Berke says Gemma is expected to ultimately oversee a sale of the Biltmore.

The Biltmore's business office hasn't responded to a request for comment by WRNI. The ownership of the hotel is listed in a court filling as Historic Hotel Partners.

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Morning News Podcast
9:30 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

RIPR News
8:40 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Lawmakers raise concerns about abortion amendment in health exchange bill

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

A bill that would create a committee to design Rhode Island's health insurance exchange passed the senate yesterday without the support of some of its biggest champions.

At issue was an amendment restricting access to abortion coverage on the health insurance marketplace.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:57 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

I Remember Better

WRNI – "I'm losing my mind!" It's an expression that we bandy about much too casually as we search frantically for our misplaced keys or struggle to remember what we drove to the supermarket to purchase. But this phrase takes on much greater meaning and poignancy as we move toward that stage of life where, we fear, there may be some real slippage in our cognitive capacity. Robert Whitcomb shares his profound insights about how important it is for us to live our lives fully, even in the face of this very real possibility.

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RIPR News
1:47 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Lawmakers look at benefits for same-sex couples

Providence, RI – State lawmakers considering legalizing gay marriage are also taking a look at extending benefits as a possible alternative Tuesday. A House committee will review legislation that would give rights centered on insurance, health care decisions and property rights to same-sex couples.

Committees in both the House and Senate have held hearings on legislation to allow gay marriage, but neither has scheduled a vote on the bill.

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Morning News Podcast
9:07 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

RIPR News
8:06 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Chafee responds to budget critics

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says critics of his proposed tax hikes haven't offered any of their own solutions for closing the state's budget deficit.

"There's just been critic after critic without offering any constructive alternative," Chafee said. "I'm still waiting and open-minded to anybody that has a better idea."

Chafee's plan to raise more than 160 million dollars in revenue through new taxes has come under attack from a variety of observers.

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