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4:37 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Providence superintendent hands in resignation

Providence superintendent Tom Brady announces his resignation. Photo by: Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the fourth time in eleven years, the city of Providence is in the market for a new superintendent of schools.

Superintendent Tom Brady has tendered his resignation, effective July 15th. At a news conference Tuesday he told reporters that leaving was his own idea.

"It's totally my idea. I approached it with a great deal of thought and the time is right," says Brady.

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RIPR News
3:58 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Amtrak tweeting for northeast corridor riders

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Amtrak is now tweeting major delays along the northeast corridor.

Followers of @AmtrakNEC will receive notices about extreme delays or a stoppage of rail traffic for the Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains.

Amtrak is already social networking with riders on Twitter and Facebook, but this is a pilot program exclusively for riders on the northeast corridor.

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RIPR News
9:30 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Westerly schools to host community forum on gangs

Providence, RI – Westerly school officials have invited an expert on gang activity to speak with parents and students after a violent incident near a Westerly school.

Some parents have raised concerns since a student from another area was severely beaten in January. Westerly Superintendent Roy Seitsinger says police have found no evidence of gang activity at Westerly High School.

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Morning News Podcast
7:15 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Local Features
5:30 am
Tue March 29, 2011

One Year After the Flood: Aster Street

Bill Place, the Owner of Quality Tile in West Warwick, takes a call in his newly renovated show room.
By Megan Hall

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
It's been a year since the floods. And while homes and businesses were flooded out across the state, the Pawtuxet River caused the most damage in places like Aster Street in West Warwick, where businesses are still slowly recovering.

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RIPR News
6:15 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

More Rhode Islanders affected by contaminated pastries

Providence, RI – The number of people affected by contaminated pastries from DeFusco's Bakery is now up to 33.

The Department of Health says they reported symptoms related to salmonella poisoning after eating Zeppoles from the Johnston bakery. Of those, seventeen have been hospitalized.

The Health Department expects more reports of the food borne illness throughout the week.

Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.

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RIPR News
4:48 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

RI unsure about radioactive particles in water

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

Rhode Island's Health Department doesn't know if the nuclear fallout in Japan has affected Rhode Island's water system. That's because the Ocean State no longer tests for radioactive particles in its drinking water.

Annemarie Beardsworth with the Rhode Island Department of Health says based on the information the state does have, residents don't need to worry.

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RIPR News
4:38 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Clergy sex abuse victims want names released

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse are calling on Providence Catholic bishop Thomas Tobin to come clean with the names of accused priests.

In 2007, officials with the diocese of Providence disclosed in court documents that 125 priests had been accused of child sexual abuse since 1971. The names of only 29 have been disclosed. Now, Anne Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability.org is demanding the names of the other 96 be released.

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RIPR News
4:36 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Another potential owner for Landmark

Providence, RI – Another company out of Tennessee is interested in buying Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. Transition Healthcare from Nashville confirmed today that it hopes to make a bid on the financially troubled hospital.

Transition is no stranger to the Woonsocket based medical center. Last year the hospital management company took Landmark to court, arguing it should have a chance to buy the hospital.

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RIPR News
3:10 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Public employee pensions up for review at budget hearings

Providence, RI – Increased pension contributions from public-sector employees will be on the agenda when the House Finance Committee resumes budget meetings tomorrow.

Governor Lincoln Chafee wants state workers and teachers to contribute a little fewer 12 percent of their pay toward their state pensions. State workers currently contribute just under nine percent, while teachers pay nine-point-five percent toward their pensions.

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