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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:55 am
Mon March 28, 2011

R.I. floods one year later

Providence, RI – This week marks one year since the devastating March floods of 2010. WRNI looks back at last spring's floods in a week-long series of reports. Scott MacKay kicks off our coverage with this essay.

It is fashionable in some political circles to blame the federal government for all of our nation's ills. But there are times when there is nothing like a strong national government.

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RIPR News
6:37 pm
Sun March 27, 2011

With spring comes filling of the potholes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As the ice and snow recedes here in the Northeast, crews across the state head out to fill the potholes winter weather left behind.

Like many roads in Providence, just a few weeks ago Manton Avenue was littered with craters. There was even a hole deep enough to expose the rebar underneath, leading one motorist to complain about having to slow down. He says, "I can't even do five miles an hour, this one need to be fixed bumpy bumpy "

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RIPR News
2:25 pm
Sun March 27, 2011

Zeppole linked to salmonella outbreak

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A salmonella outbreak traced to some tainted Italian pastries has grown to 23 suspected cases.

The Rhode Island Health Department says it was a tip that led to the discovery of tainted zeppole at DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston. Twenty three people are sick. Thirteen are confirmed cases of salmonella. Of those, ten are hospitalized according to state health department spokeswoman Andrea Bagnall Degnos.

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RIPR News
2:54 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Postal service to shut down division in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The United States Postal Service will be closing its Providence District Office sometime this year.

The Postal Service is losing money, $8.5 billion last year, and says it's time for drastic cost cutting measures. Closing the district office on Corliss Street could save $750 million dollars a year.

Spokeswoman Christine Dugas says it will eliminate 74 managerial and administrative positions, but post office customers will not be affected.

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RIPR News
2:44 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

RI reports first case of largemouth bass virus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is urging fishermen to take precautions against the spread of largemouth bass virus.

The disease has been recorded for the first time in Rhode Island at Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods.

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Morning News Podcast
10:50 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, March 25, 2011.

Politics
9:57 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Poll: voters approve of some sales tax changes

Providence, RI – A new Brown University poll finds mixed support for Governor Lincoln Chafee's tax plan.

Close to 60 percent of respondents say they support extending the sales tax to include dry cleaning, and movie and concert tickets. But 88 percent oppose adding a one percent tax for heating fuel. A slim majority of respondents is against taxing clothing or shoes.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents back Chafee's plan to lower the state sales tax from seven to six percent. The governor's approval rating came in at 32 percent.

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Politics
9:51 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Poll: voters approve of some sales tax changes

Providence, RI – A new Brown University poll finds mixed support for Governor Lincoln Chafee's tax plan.

Close to 60 percent of respondents say they support extending the sales tax to include dry cleaning, and movie and concert tickets. But 88 percent oppose adding a one percent tax for heating fuel. A slim majority of respondents is against taxing clothing or shoes.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents back Chafee's plan to lower the state sales tax from seven to six percent. The governor's approval rating came in at 32 percent.

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Political Roundtable
8:32 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Political Roundtable: census conclusions

Providence, RI – Rhode Island treads water on population growth, and local Republicans get a new leader. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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RIPR News
2:44 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

RI mobster pleads guilty in murder for hire case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Mafia captain Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent has entered a guilty plea in a murder for hire case.

Anthony St. Laurent, who suffers from numerous infirmities, entered court in a wheelchair equipped with an oxygen tank.

With a simple "Yes, your honor" he admitted to hiring a hit man to take out reputed Mafia member Robert DeLuca, who had accused St. Laurent of being a government informant. The murder was never carried out.

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