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7:18 am
Fri December 31, 2010

Mass. officials investigate National Grid over storm response

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state is launching an investigation into National Grid's response to this week's storm that left as many as 30,000 of its customers in the dark.


Public Utilities Chairwoman Ann Berwick said the department plans to take an in-depth look at the company's performance before, during and after the storm to evaluate its overall emergency response.

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RIPR News
2:02 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Estimated cost of winter storm: $2.2 mil.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The storm that dumped as much as 2 feet of snow in some parts of New England is costing Rhode Island $2.2 million.

That's according to data from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation which says it spent more than a million dollars on salt alone.

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Morning News Podcast
10:25 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, December 30, 2010.

RIPR News
7:09 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Warwick reverses pay freeze for teachers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The School Board in Warwick has reversed course on a pay freeze and benefit cut for teachers. The board voted Wednesday to allow a 2.75 percent raise to take effect.


Rosemary Healey from the Warwick school department says a $6 million surplus from the prior school year made the change possible.

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Politics
7:04 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Portrait of Carcieri to be unveiled today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An official portrait of Governor Carcieri is due to be unveiled at 5 pm today. It includes some subtle motifs from his time in office.


Carcieri is leaving office next week after the maximum two terms as governor. State law requires departing governors to remain at the State House - in the form of an official portrait. Artist Harley Bartlett of Hope says a small statue, of a knight on a horse, on the governor's desk refers to the scholastic mascot of his native East Greenwich High School.

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Morning News Podcast
11:17 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Please listen to the Wednesday, December 29, 2010, WRNI Morning News Podcast.

WRNI VIDEO
8:21 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Directing traffic with a twist...literally

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –

Tony Lepore - The Dancing Cop from WRNI1290AM on Vimeo.

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8:00 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Bridge restrictions net millions for state

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State officials say they've stopped more than 20-thousand vehicles and collected millions of dollars in fines for restriction violations on the Pawtucket River and Sakonnet River bridges.

Rust on both bridges forced transportation officials to ban truck traffic. On the Pawtucket River Bridge, the state first put a weight limit into place in November of 2007.

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RIPR News
7:37 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Have a Gansett...it just turned 120

Photo by walknboston via Flickr Creative Commons.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Narragansett beer is marking a milestone with a celebration tonight in Pawtucket. The beer turns 120 this month.


Narragansett Beer traces its roots back to the late 1800s, when six local businessmen founded the Narragansett Brewing Company and began making beer in Cranston. Eventually the company saw the largest beer sales in the region.

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Politics
7:29 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Incoming lawmakers call for run-off elections

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two incoming Republican lawmakers say the state should hold runoff elections if a winning candidate gets less than 50 percent of the vote.

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