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8:40 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Sen. Whitehouse wants Fla. to better track prescription drug trade

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senators from Rhode Island, Florida, New York, and West Virginia say Florida's governor should enact a program to better track the growing trade of abused prescription drugs to other states, a route called the "flamingo express."

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RIPR News
8:35 am
Mon February 21, 2011

COMMENTARY: Alleged kickback scheme sign of larger problem

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The president of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, which had offices in the Aquidneck Corporate Park, has been indicted on federal charges that include bilking the taxpayers out of millions for work never done on defense contracts.


The president of this company, a man named Anjan Dutta-Gupta, may well be headed for jail. His employees are on their way to the unemployment line.

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WRNI VIDEO
7:35 am
Mon February 21, 2011

VIDEO: Keeping it creative at Perishable Theatre

Photo by Pam Murray courtesy of Perishable Theatre.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As part of our Rhode Island Community Forum project, we speak to another member of the local theater community about the comedy and tragedy of making it in theater in the Ocean State. In this video, Rachel Walshe, acting artistic director of Perishable Theatre, in Providence, discusses the art of balancing creativity with the duties of running a non-profit arts organization.

To see the special Web site from WRNI and The Rhode Island Foundation click here.

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RIPR News
7:15 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Mourners mark Station Nightclub anniversary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – About 200 people converged on West Warwick yesterday to mark the 8th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire. The fire claimed 100 lives and injured another 200. And despite years of effort there's still no permanent memorial to those who lost their lives.

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RIPR News
5:25 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Bill aims to keep toll booths off Sakonnet River Bridge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Representative Jay Edwards of Tiverton has filed legislation to make sure the new Sakonnet River Bridge remains toll free. The bill stems from a budget proposed last year by former Governor Don Carcieri to charge tolls on the bridge.

The bill requires the Sakonnet Bridge to remain under control of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, instead of shifting it over to the state's Turnpike Authority, which is authorized to collect tolls.

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Local Features
12:32 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, February 18, 2011.

RIPR News
9:56 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Landmark has limited cash on hand

Providence, RI – There's a good reason why Landmark Medical Center officials are rushing to find a buyer for the Woonsocket hospital- it's running out of money.

Documents on Landmark's reserves show that the hospital has only 2.3 million dollars of cash on hand.

That might sound like a lot, but compare that to its operating expenses- $988,179 in payroll a week and $800,620 in other expenses.

Landmark Spokesman Bill Fischer says the hospital is not in any way, shape or form in danger of closing.

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Political Roundtable
8:08 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Gina Raimondo special guest on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Troubled pensions, and an inside view from state Treasurer Gina Raimondo. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.

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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Local Features
7:52 am
Fri February 18, 2011

VIDEO: In theater, how "to sell out without selling out"

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tomorrow, WRNI and the Rhode Island Foundation will host "Center Stage: A Spotlight on Rhode Island Theater" at The Gamm in Pawtucket. It's a look at the comedy and tragedy of making it in theater in the Ocean State. As part of the series, WRNI's Alex Nunes spoke with Ed Shea, artistic director of 2nd Story Theatre in Warren.

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Local Features
7:42 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Mixed Magic: Bringing diversity to Rhode Island theater

Jonathan and Ricardo Pitts-Wiley in their new space. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the last decade, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley has been challenging audiences in Rhode Island at his Mixed Magic Theater in downtown Pawtucket. Mixed Magic is most known for bringing diversity to its performances of both well-known and original productions.

At the only table in a large room rimmed with windows, Mixed Magic Theater founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley wraps up another meeting with his architect and carpenter.

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