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7:01 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Third former N. Prov. councilmen to plead guilty today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A former North Providence town councilman accused of soliciting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes is scheduled to return to court today for a change-of-plea hearing to federal conspiracy, bribery and extortion charges.


John Zambarano is also expected to plead guilty to his role in an unrelated insurance fraud scheme.

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Economy
6:56 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Taveras to detail city's finances by week's end

City Hall is pictured here. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence financial reckoning becomes clear later this week. City Hall sources say Mayor Angel Taveras is expected to detail the dire condition of city government finances by Thursday.

The Taveras administration isn't saying anything on the record at this point; mayoral spokeswoman Melissa Withers is adamant about not confirming any projected deficit numbers.

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RIPR News
5:45 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Gas and home heating oil prices jump

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gasoline and home heating oil prices are both up significantly from a week ago in Rhode Island.


Triple A New England says the average price for self serve regular gas is $3.36 a gallon. That's 15 cents higher than last week.


The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources reports the average price of home heating oil is now $3.65 a gallon, which is up a dime since last week.

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RIPR News
12:24 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Center Stage: A spotlight on RI theater

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to our forum looking at the comedy and tragedy of making it in the theater business in Rhode Island. In this hour long special produced by WRNI and The Rhode Island Foundation, WRNI's Bill Gale speaks with Tony Estrella, Artistic Director of the Gamm Theater, Stephen Thorne and Angela Brazil of Trinity Repertory Company, and Deborah Obalil, Principal - Obalil & Associates.

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RIPR News
11:42 am
Mon February 28, 2011

R.I. gets $6M in federal money for conservation projects

U.S. Senator Jack Reed. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced Monday nearly $6 million in federal funding to help pay for conservation projects.

Reed says the money is generated from a tax on fishing and hunting gear, and protected from budget cuts taking place on Capitol Hill.

"A long time ago my colleagues were wise enough to figure out the connection, and actually the communities - the fishing community and the hunting community - endorsed this 70 years ago, and still endorse it," says Reed.

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Top Stories
8:34 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Body of missing Brown Univ. coach found in Conn.

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – A missing Brown University women's assistant soccer coach has been found dead three weeks after being reported missing.

Police said Sunday that 56-year-old Denis Chartier of Burrillville, R.I., was discovered dead inside his car on Saturday morning in a commuter parking lot off Route 395 in Griswold, Conn.

Police say the death is being investigated but no foul play is suspected.

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Morning News Podcast
7:47 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, February 28, 2011.

Local Features
7:28 am
Mon February 28, 2011

COMMENTARY: Changing perceptions of politics in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Staring out from the front page of The Providence Journal last Thursday was yet another blemish on our state's political culture: The photo of three former North Providence councilmen who have agreed to plead guilty to extortion and bribery charges that will land them in federal prison.

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RIPR News
7:24 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Former N. Providence councilmen to enter pleas this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three former North Providence town councilmen and a businessman are slated to plead guilty today and tomorrow to corruption charges in a series of bribery and extortion
schemes.

Former councilmen Joseph Burchfield and Raymond Douglas III are scheduled to enter their pleas in U.S. District Court in Providence today, as is Edward Imondi, a developer accused of acting as a middleman in the scheme.


The third former councilman, John Zambarano, is scheduled to enter his plea tomorrow.

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RIPR News
7:21 am
Mon February 28, 2011

RI mobster to enter guilty plea this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island mobster is due in court this week to plead guilty to a murder for hire plot.


Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent is scheduled to change his plea to guilty during a federal court appearance Tuesday. According to court documents, St. Laurent tried to hire various people to kill fellow Mafia member Robert DeLuca who had publicly accused St. Laurent of being a government informant.

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