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8:40 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Local Features
6:42 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Breaking down Chafee's spending plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Last night, Governor Lincoln Chafee unveiled his first state budget proposal. The spending plan calls for Rhode Island to lower but broaden its sales tax, put into effect a new state education funding formula, and increase by three percent the amount state employees and teachers pay into the employee pension system. To break down Governor Chafee's proposal, WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:40 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Understanding Mental Illness

WRNI – All of us know of friends, acquaintances, and, perhaps, relatives who have struggled with mental illness. It's a fact of life, and the challenges of debilitating depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other struggles rear their head in every walk of life and, potentially, in every family. Matt Flaherty experiences these challenges every day.

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RIPR News
2:54 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

DOH approves open heart surgery merger

Providence, RI –
Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital now have permission to combine their open heart surgery programs onto one campus.

Interim Director of the Department of Health, Dr. Michael Fine, approved the hospitals' request today along with some conditions. He says the medical centers must update health officials on the demographics of their patients and offer to enroll them in Rhode Island's electronic medical records system.

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RIPR News
2:21 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Mass. city working to get unwanted papers off front lawns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The city of Attleboro, Massachusetts is considering a rule aimed at reducing the clutter from unwanted Providence Journal advertising inserts that have been landing on front yards for several weeks. The city says it has received hundreds of complaints about the inserts encased in orange plastic sleeves.

After trying and failing to ban the advertising inserts because of First Amendment issues, the city of Attleboro is considering a different approach.

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Local Features
11:37 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

Politics
7:55 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Sen. Reed: international community, not U.S., should take lead in Lybia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Jack Reed says the international community should take the lead in trying to oust Libya's government.


Reed says the U.S. should be cautious about using military force in Libya, because doing so would raise expectations of a deeper American involvement. Instead, he says, the US should work with its United Nations colleagues for change in Libya.

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RIPR News
7:52 am
Tue March 8, 2011

School officials will defend "Our Heavenly Father" banner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Cranston school committee has voted 4 to 3 to keep a banner at Cranston West High School that civil liberties advocates say is unconstitutional because it carries the words "Our Heavenly Father."

School Committee Chair Person Andrea Iannazzi says officials feel the banner does not display religious connotations.

"The message contained in the banner is one of hope for the future and outlines a moral compass for our students," Iannazzi says. "So that banner has become a part of Cranston West tradition."

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Politics
7:42 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Chafee to unveil budget proposal tonight

Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has briefed leaders of the General Assembly on his budget proposal a day before he publicly announces his strategy for addressing the state's budget deficit.

Chafee, an independent, met with state House and Senate leaders Monday afternoon in the Statehouse. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would not reveal details of Chafee's proposal. She said Chafee avoided budget details during the meeting and instead presented his "overarching vision" for the budget.

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RIPR News
7:04 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Bail set for "Baby Shacks" but no release yet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Bail in the amount of $500,000 has been set for the release of Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio. He is the former reputed Mob boss who is awaiting trial on extortion and racketeering charges for allegedly shaking down Providence strip clubs for protection.

But the 83-year-old Manocchio won't be getting out of prison immediately. Magistrate David Martin stayed his release until the court receives appraisals of the four properties Manocchio is putting up to secure his bail.

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