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WRNI VIDEO
11:30 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Arts and business in Pawtucket

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –

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Local Features
10:49 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, February 24, 2011.

RIPR News
8:34 am
Thu February 24, 2011

The politics of education in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Public education is always political but in an era of budget cuts, nationwide calls for public school reform and a new governor in Rhode Island, schools are more political than ever. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay to discuss the politics of education in the Ocean State.

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
7:11 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Union officials respond to layoff notices in Providence schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Union officials are furious over the city of Providence's decision to issue layoff notices to all of its nearly 2,000 teachers. They're considering legal action to block the move.

By state law, Rhode Island school departments must inform teachers of possible layoffs for the following academic year by March 1. The city of Providence has, in the past, issued as many as 500 layoff notices but nothing compared to what they plan to do this year: send layoff notices to all 1,962 instructors.

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Economy
6:58 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Home sales, median prices dip slightly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island home sales dipped slightly in January as did the median price. The Rhode Island Association of Realtors reports that existing home sales fell from 395 a year ago to 392 this year.

The median price fell to $198,000 from $200,000 the year prior.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
3:05 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

This I Believe - Rhode Island: Chess

Adults tend to think that life lessons must be learned through decades' worth of experience, complex study, rigorous analysis, and, perhaps, therapy. But the truth is, children sometimes are able to reach astonishingly profound insights about life simply by doing what children are supposed to do, playing games with one another. And that's certainly the case with 13-year-old Raghu Nimmagadda.

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RIPR News
2:03 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Four agree to plead guilty to corruption in North Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three former North Providence councilmen and a local boxing promoter have agreed to plead guilty as charged to their roles in four extortion and bribery schemes.

Former North Providence town councilors Joseph Burchfield, Raymond Douglas III and John Zambarano were caught shaking down businessmen who appeared before the council for zoning changes, liquor licenses and the like.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:31 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Chess

WRNI – Adults tend to think that life lessons must be learned through decades' worth of experience, complex study, rigorous analysis, and, perhaps, therapy. But the truth is, children sometimes are able to reach astonishingly profound insights about life simply by doing what children are supposed to do, playing games with one another. And that's certainly the case with 13-year-old Raghu Nimmagadda.

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RIPR News
7:55 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Providence pink slips 1,900 teachers

Providence, RI – All of Providence's teachers are being told they may not be rehired for the next school year. The city is sending pink slips to its entire teaching force in an unprecedented move.

Mayor's office spokeswoman Melissa Withers says many teachers will keep their jobs, but state law requires notifications of possible dismissal be sent to teachers by March 1st.

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RIPR News
4:54 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Bill calls for stronger protection from racial profiling

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – More than two dozen community groups are backing a bill that would strengthen protections against racial profiling in Rhode Island. It's the fourth time the legislation has been introduced.

Two years ago Brian Capcap, a Filipino, was stopped by Cranston police as he walked to his cousin's house. He says they gave him no reason for the intrusion.

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