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11:47 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Head of state police turns in resignation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Head of the State Police, Colonel Brendan Doherty, delivered his resignation Thursday.

Governor Lincoln Chafee's spokesman Mike Trainor says Chafee accepted the resignation with regret, and did not ask for Doherty to step down.

"Colonel Doherty indicated to the governor that he had achieved everything he wanted to achieve as superintendent as state police," says Trainor," and felt it was time to move on for both personal and professional reasons."

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WRNI VIDEO
10:50 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Teacher protests March 2, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –

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Local Features
10:35 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, March 3, 2011.

RIPR News
8:16 am
Thu March 3, 2011

What can Rhode Island compassion centers learn from Maine?

Glen Peterson of Canuvo Dispensary speaks to patients at Cannabis Expo 2011, a Medical Marijuana convention held in Portland Maine last weekend. Photo by Ryan Conaty.

Providence, RI – Next week, the Rhode Island Department of Health chooses who will run the state's first medical marijuana retail stores. Maine did the same thing last July when the state issued licenses to run medical marijuana dispensaries in its communities. So, WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall took a trip up north to see what Rhode Island can expect from its compassion centers within the next year. The short answer is not much.

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8:06 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Woonsocket fire ruled arson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Woonsocket fire investigators say Sunday's blaze that destroyed part of an abandoned mill was deliberately set.


The six alarm fire at the former Seville Dye Company broke out shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday and took firefighters from half a dozen towns five hours to put out.


Woonsocket Fire Lt. Francis Dunton says the arson finding was reached by the process of elimination. There were no utilities in the building and no lightning that day.

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RIPR News
7:59 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Taveras to outline more money saving measures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence mayor Angel Taveras will hold a news conference this morning to report on the city's troubled finances. Providence faces a deficit next year that represents more than 20 percent of the city's entire budget.

A panel formed to look into the city's finances reported yesterday that the city faces a structural deficit of $70 million for the current fiscal year and $110 million for the next fiscal year. The entire city budget is about $620 million a year.

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RIPR News
7:36 am
Thu March 3, 2011

RISD teachers vote no confidence in Maeda

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Teachers at the Rhode Island School of Design have taken a vote of no confidence in the school's president John Maeda.

Mark Sherman, chair of the faculty steering committee, tells WRNI the vote passed last night 147 to 32, with 15 abstentions. Teachers have expressed concerns with Maeda's strategic plan, which would change graduation requirements and end the school's winter session tradition. He has also outlined a re-ogranization of some departments.

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RIPR News
6:39 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mayor Avedisian on compassion centers in Warwick

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

Next week, the Rhode Island Department of Health chooses who will run the state's first medical marijuana retail stores. But state approval doesn't guarantee permission from the cities and towns where the dispensaries hope to open. Some mayors have already come out against the so called compassion centers, but Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian isn't one of them.

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RIPR News
2:22 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Stray voltage believed to kill puppy, sparks legislation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A resolution is on its way to the state House urging National Grid to comb the streets of Rhode Island in search of stray power lines similar to the one that appears to have killed a dog back in January.

The utility says there have been no similar incidents in recent history.

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RIPR News
12:06 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Teachers rally on steps of Providence City Hall

A crowd of teachers and supporters rally outside Providence City Hall. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A crowd estimated at 1,500 gathered in front of Providence City Hall Wednesday to protest the mass firing of city teachers.

Teachers and other union members from all over Rhode Island jammed the street in front of Providence City Hall, chanting "teachers, united, will never be defeated" and demanding that Mayor Angel Taveras rescind dismissal notices sent last week to the capital city's nearly 2,000 teachers.

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