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12:13 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Earthquake, tsunami hit Japan

Tokyo, Japan – By AP

TOKYO (AP) A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

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RIPR News
9:54 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Political Roundtable: The governor's budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This week on WRNI's Political Roundtable Ian, Scott and Maureen parse the governor's proposed budget with Rhode Island Department of Administration Director Richard Licht.

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RIPR News
8:02 am
Fri March 11, 2011

State Rep. seeks Wisconsin-style limits on collective bargaining

Providence, RI – Joseph Trillo (R, Warwick) has introduced a bill that would limit public employees' collective bargaining rights.

Trillo wants to take away public employees' right to bargain collectively for pensions and health benefits. His bill would nullify all current state and municipal contracts and limit any new contracts to one year.

Part-time employees would lose all benefits and new hires would get 401K plans instead of a pension.

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RIPR News
3:02 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Protesters hold a pair of rallies focused on Planned Parenthood

Protesters rally around Rhode Island. Photo by: Megan Hall.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Supporters and opponents of Planned Parenthood held separate rallies in Rhode Island Thursday.


About 50 abortion opponents picketed the former Pawtucket office of Congressman David Cicilline over his vote against defunding Planned Parenthood.


The protest was organized by a group called the Susan B. Anthony List, which is travelling by bus to hold similar demonstrations in seven states.

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Local Features
10:18 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, March 10, 2011.

RIPR News
8:07 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Advocates worry about pace of school reform

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Politics
7:58 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Chafee's barber says he supports budget proposal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee was on the road yesterday promoting the budget he presented to the General Assembly the day before. In the Tuesday night speech he invoked the name of his barber, Ernie, to support his proposal to impose a six percent sales tax on some goods and services that have never been taxed.

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RIPR News
7:38 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Lanes reopen after fatal accident on I-95

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Police say traffic is moving smoothly on Interstate 95 following a fatal accident early this morning in Providence.


Several lanes were closed until 6 this morning after authorities say a driver traveling in the wrong direction in the high speed lane of 95 North collided head on with a driver traveling in the correct direction at around 4:20.

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Economy
7:33 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Increased funding would not stop tuition hikes

An entrance to Rhode Island College is pictured above. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has proposed a $10 dollar increase in funding for the state's higher education system. But it won't be enough to prevent tuition increases at two of the three state schools.


Tuition will remain the same next year at the Community College of Rhode Island. But students at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College will have to pay more. Ray DiPasquale, the president of CCRI and the state Commissioner of Higher Education, says it's unclear how much more.

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RIPR News
1:28 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

BCBS rate request cut down to 2%

Providence, RI – Rhode Islanders who buy their own health insurance will pay an average of two percent more starting in April. But it could have been a lot worse.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island originally asked to increase its average rate for so called "direct pay members" by nearly eight percent. But Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Koller knocked that number down by not allowing the charges to include money for Blue Cross's reserves and state taxes.

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