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8:44 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Netscape co-founder donates to Newport charities

Providence, RI – A pair of Newport marine charities has received large donations co-founder of the internet company Netscape Jim Clark. Both Sail Newport and Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island received 150-thousand dollar donations. Sail Newport teaches sailing to beginners, and will use the money to buy new boats and fund scholarships. Oliver Hazard Perry will put the money toward its education programs. Clark races J-class yachts and told the non-profits that he wanted to invest in sailing charities.

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RIPR News
4:43 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

House votes to defund NPR

Congressman David Cicilline at WRNI's studio. File photo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The House of Representatives has voted to defund public radio.
The vote was 228 in favor; 192 opposed. It now goes to the Senate where it is expected to be defeated.


Rhode Island congressman David Cicilline took the House floor to denounce the legislation. In a speech that lasted less than two minutes, Cicilline called the bill an "assault on the free exchange of ideas."

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RIPR News
4:33 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Lifespan not interested in Landmark

Providence, RI – The Lifespan hospital chain has passed on making an offer to buy Landmark medical center in Woonsocket.

Lifespan, the umbrella organizations for Rhode Island, Hasbro, Miriam, Newport, and Bradley Hospitals, considered adding Landmark to its system. But the hospital chain says the shrinking need for inpatient beds has convinced it not to make an offer.

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RIPR News
4:30 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Donations put wind in the sails of Newport charities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A pair of Newport marine charities has received large donations from a co-founder of the internet company Netscape.


Both Sail Newport and Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island received $150,000 donations.


Sail Newport teaches sailing to beginners, and will use the money to buy new boats and fund scholarships. Oliver Hazard Perry will put the money toward its education programs.

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Local Features
10:18 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, March 17, 2011.

Local Features
8:50 am
Thu March 17, 2011

What's next in same-sex marriage debate?

Providence, RI – Same-sex marriage is one of the most controversial issues being considered by the General Assembly this year. There have been two heated public hearings on the matter. Next, the House Judiciary Committee votes on whether to send a same-sex marriage bill to the House floor. WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis sat down with two members of that committee to discuss the legislation and what's next in the debate over same-sex marriage.

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RIPR News
5:17 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Another rally to prevent Woodmansee's release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the second time in less than a week, Rhode Islanders protested the imminent release of convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee. And their message is getting through to state lawmakers.


State representative Dan Gordon, a Portsmouth Republican, says he and Senator Beth Moore are teaming up to amend the time off for good behavior law that is allowing child killer Michael Woodmansee to be released 12 years early.

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RIPR News
4:22 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Patrick Kennedy heads to Brown University

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy has a new title- visiting fellow at Brown University's Institute for Brain Science. He'll be spending his time advocating for advancements in the field of traumatic brain injury.

Kennedy has long been an outspoken supporter of mental health and neuroscience research. Now he'll be doing that work full time. He says his two year appointment will be devoted to emphasizing the importance of brain research.

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RIPR News
4:03 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Proposed changes to preventing student concussions

Providence, RI – Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill that would tweak the state's laws related to concussions in student athletes. The proposal requires schools to give athletes a test that measures the way their brains work.

That evaluation is called an ImPACT test. It's a series of computer games measuring memory and reaction time. The scores give doctors a sense of how an athlete's brain functioned before and after a concussion.

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RIPR News
3:12 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Former Rep. George Lima, fighter for civil rights, dies at age 92

PROVIDENCE, R.I – George Lima, a role model for generations of black Rhode Islanders, has died at age 92.

The son of Cape Verdean immigrants, Lima served during World War two with the black squadron known as the Tuskegee Airmen. He persevered after encountering discrimination during and after the war.

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