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2:18 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Study finds Rhode Islanders divided on immigration laws

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A new survey out of Brown University finds Rhode Islanders divided on their support of immigration policy while united on education for the children of immigrants.

The survey asked about the Arizona law requiring police to arrest anyone without proper documentation and found half of residents surveyed said they support the law, though 72 percent acknowledged that the law would discourage immigrants from reporting crimes.

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RIPR News
12:25 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Announcement to come soon on Providence school closures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence is slated to release a list of four to six schools in the next few days that may close down, as the city looks to solve its budget woes.

Providence shuttered two schools last year - Feinstein High School and Perry Middle School - saying the move would save $20 million over a five-year period. Part of the savings were expected to come from averted repairs and maintenance.

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Top Stories
9:12 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Cases sent out of state due to judicial vacancy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's top federal judge says a four-year judicial vacancy has prompted her court to take the unusual step of reassigning more than two dozen cases to judges in
New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi tells The Associated Press she worries the court doesn't have the manpower to handle the 27 civil cases in a timely way.

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RIPR News
7:15 am
Mon March 7, 2011

RI shelter takes in dogs from North Carolina

Photo by Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is home to a couple dozen more canines this morning. Over the weekend a Middletown animal shelter took ownership of 22 dogs from an overcrowded shelter in North Carolina. And it looks like there will be no problem adopting them out.

Tucker, Gus and Polly - three month old tan and black lab mixes whose cuteness would melt your heart - are three of the 22 dogs - most of them puppies - who arrived in Rhode Island from an overcrowded shelter in Mitchell County, North Carolina Saturday.

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Local Features
7:09 am
Mon March 7, 2011

What Providence can learn from history

Providence City Hall. Photo by Yana Vierboom.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The shock of Providence's financial mess has sunk in. Now it's the time to start cleaning it up.

The only surplus is in the amount of blame: A governor, Don Carcieri, and a General Assembly that cut taxes for the wealthy while stripping the city of state aid. A mayor, David Cicilline, too busy running for Congress to pay close attention to city finances. Decades of overly generous pensions for city workers. Add in a stubborn recession.

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Local Features
6:05 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Cicilline: I'm responsible for every decision I made

WRNI's Scott MacKay interviews Congressman David Cicilline. Photo by Lisa Gustafson.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has refused to point fingers at former mayor, now congressman, David Cicilline for the city's current financial crises. So WRNI's Scott MacKay asked Cicilline if he should own some of the problem.

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
5:12 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

RI unemployment dips slightly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate dipped slightly in January from December. The January unemployment rate ticked down .2 percent from December to land at 11.3 percent.

That's compared to the U.S. rate of 9 percent. January saw 1,100 fewer unemployed residents with a little more than 65,000 Rhode Islanders seeking work.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
11:03 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Game Time

Game Time

WRNI – All new program, all new format! Host Curt Columbus and Trinity Rep actors Janice Duclos, Anne Scurria and Fred Sullivan, Jr. read and discuss stories of the games we play, and how they shape our lives. Our featured story is "Fathers Playing Catch with Sons," by poet laureate Donald Hall. Personal narratives from The Sun Magazine give provocative perspectives.

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Political Roundtable
8:23 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Providence's fiscal crisis on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence's fiscal crisis. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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Local Features
7:00 am
Fri March 4, 2011

The depth of Providence's financial woes

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is pictured at a Thursday news conference announcing the city's fiscal woes. Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence mayor Angel Taveras says a property tax increase is likely to close a budget gap of 180 million dollars. The mayor has also laid off 13 people, has himself taken a ten percent pay cut and has ordered a 10 to 15 percent across the board cut. In an interview with WRNI's Flo Jonic, Taveras said the financial problems he inherited from former mayor David Cicilline are worse than he expected.

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