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6:54 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Seem cold out? Get used to it

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – That Arctic blast we experienced last week is consistent with what meteorologists have been forecasting for southern New England this winter.

Cold weather early, followed by milder weather as the winter wears on. That's what long range meteorologist Joseph D'Aleo is forecasting for southern New England.


"It'll be coldest early, then I think the mildest weather will tend to be later in the winter but very cold at times ..especially this month into January," D'Aleo says.

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Top Stories
6:50 am
Mon December 13, 2010

A teacher's view of Central Falls High

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RIPR News
4:53 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Central Falls Fire Chief laid to rest

Providence, RI – Fire fighters and dignitaries from Rhode Island and beyond are gathering today to honor the life of Central Fall's Fire Chief.

Fire fighters remember Rene Coutu as a man who always left his office door open-offering advice or support to anyone with a problem.

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RIPR News
4:25 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Whitehouse undecided on Obama tax plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says including support for renewable energy makes him more likely to support preserving the Bush-era tax cuts.

Whitehouse spoke Friday while visiting a Providence renewable energy company whose annual revenues have grown from $200,000 to $50 million over the last decade. He says the renewable energy tax credits are vital for helping companies like Alteris to compete against foreign counterparts.

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Local Features
7:49 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "South Pacific"

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was early spring of 1949 when "South Pacific" opened in New York. Taken from James Michener's tales of life, love and war on tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean, the musical was an instant, and huge, hit. Bill Gale has our review.
EDITOR'S NOTE: "South Pacific" continues at the Providence Performing Arts Center through Sunday. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.

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Political Roundtable
7:09 am
Fri December 10, 2010

The President's tax deal and more on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Democrats scorn President Obama over tax cuts. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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
7:03 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Central Falls mourns death of fire chief

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fire officials expect a big crowd today at the wake for Central Fall's long time Fire Chief. Sixty-year-old Rene Coutu passed away on Tuesday of cancer. Central Falls battalion Chief Keith Sullivan says the thing he'll miss the most is seeing the chief at his desk, right across the hallway.

"His door was always open," Sullivan says. "Many guys brought their personal concerns about families and stuff to him. You could count on his advice; it was always the right thing."

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RIPR News
7:01 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Chafee to eliminate planned shelter closures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he will eliminate the January 15 deadline to close three shelters that provide emergency care for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

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RIPR News
7:11 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Black heritage group looks to reopen

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is reorganizing in the hopes of one day reopening its doors to the public.


Since its previous home in the Arcade on Weybosset St. closed in 2008, the society has been in limbo. Current President Charles Newton says that despite the two year battle, he is hopeful that they are making real progress toward reopening.

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Politics
7:06 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Cicione seeks replacement for RI-GOP chair

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major change is coming to the Republican Party of Rhode Island. State chair Giovanni Cicione says he does not want to run for re-election and is seeking someone to replace him.

"As a volunteer, father and business owner, I've got a lot of things pulling on me," he says. "I think four years has been a good run and I'd love to find someone willing to put in the same level of effort and keep the ball rolling because we've got a good thing going on."

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