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2:35 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Runners hit the streets of Narragansett for elite marathon

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Some 200 runners will converge on Narragansett Saturday for the only marathon in the U.S. outside Olympic trials that's strictly for qualified runners. The Gansett Marathon has a qualifying time five minutes shorter than the Boston Marathon. So for a male runner between the ages of 18 and 34, he must be able to run 26.2 miles in under three hours and five minutes.

Marathon founder Michael Tammaro says some runners are using his race as a warm up for Boston.

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Local Features
11:08 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Sales tax and pension liability on Roundtable

Providence, RI – Chafee's controversial sales tax plan and Rhode Island's unfunded pension liability. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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
10:32 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Contaminated soil removal begins soon in Tiverton

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The new engineer tasked with clearing away contaminated soil from a Tiverton neighborhood says residents should start seeing work crews soon.

Robert Hoffman says he's going through field books and soil samples to get a handle on where to begin.

"They had taken approximately 9,000 samples, so we've got to recreate where the 9,000 samples were taken," says Hoffman.

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RIPR News
9:19 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Johnston seeks legislation to give tax deliquents more time

Providence, RI – Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena is seeking legislation that would give extra time for tax-delinquents to catch up on millions in overdue motor-vehicle and property taxes without paying penalties or interest. While the town typically hires a law firm to pursue the money at a substantial cost, the temporary amnesty would give taxpayers 45 days to pay any taxes owed prior to July 1, 2010. The Johnston Town Council voted unanimously to seek legislative approval of the amnesty proposal at a meeting Monday.

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RIPR News
9:06 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Hasbro reports 71 percent decrease in profits

Providence, RI – Hasbro has announced its first-quarter profits are down more than 70 percent from one year ago. Hasbro said its net income fell $17.2 million in the January-March period, down from $58.9 million last year. The Pawtucket-based toymaker says the decline reflects spending on product development, expansion in emerging markets, and its television network The Hub, a joint venture with Discovery Networks that launched in October.

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RIPR News
8:50 am
Fri April 15, 2011

RI unemployment drops for 12th consecutive month

Providence, RI –
Rhode Island's unemployment rate continues to edge downward, though at a painfully slow rate. The state Department of Labor and Training reports the unemployment rate fell from 11.2 percent in February to 11 percent in March. The number of unemployed residents decreased by 11-hundred to around 63-thousand.

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Political Roundtable
8:45 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Chafee's tax plan and RI's new Republican Party Chairman on Roundtable

Providence, RI – Governor Chafee's controversial sales tax plan and Rhode Island's unfunded pension liability. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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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Morning News Podcast
8:26 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, April 11, 2011.

RIPR News
1:09 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Family says goodbye to guardsman

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee and Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts were on hand Thursday morning for the funeral of a Pawtucket soldier who died in an accident in Afghanistan.

Specialist Dennis Poulin died at a hospital in Germany of injuries sustained in a rollover accident. His parents were at his side.

At his funeral Thursday, Poulin was remembered as a loving son and father, a protective older brother and a dutiful soldier.

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RIPR News
9:22 am
Thu April 14, 2011

RI state pensions worse than expected

Providence, RI – Rhode Island taxpayers could face a higher tab next year for funding state pensions. That will be the case unless new cuts are made to the pension system.

The unfunded liability for the pension fund has been generally estimated in the area of five billion dollars. But actuaries told the state Retirement Board yesterday that the figure is closer to six-point-eight billion dollars.

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