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1:39 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

COMMENTARY: A compromise on gay marriage

Same-sex marriage supporters, with some opponents, rally at the State House last week. Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's trite to say that compromise is the heart of American democracy. But that doesn't make it any less true.

Compromise is the reason that Americans haven't changed governments with guns in the streets since the Civil War. As Rhode Island considers the emotionally fraught issue of gay marriage, this spirit of compromise ought to be paramount.

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RIPR News
1:11 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Chafee directs state to aid displaced ASFT workers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –
The Chafee administration is moving to aid the local workers getting laid off Monday by the Middletown defense company accused in a kickback scheme.

Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, ASFT, is shutting its doors and laying off about 100 to 150 workers in Rhode Island, Virginia, and Georgia. The Georgia-based company says it can no longer operate because its assets were frozen.

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RIPR News
1:08 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Bill Gale reviews "Becky Shaw" at 2nd Story

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – 2nd Story Theatre in Warren continues its season of comedy with "Becky Shaw" a play that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama. Bill Gale says maybe it should have won.


EDITOR'S NOTE: "Becky Shaw" continues at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren through February 20th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.

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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Morning News Podcast
12:53 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, February 14, 2011.

RIPR News
12:10 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Remembering Rhode Island's fallen troops

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lawmakers will be honoring parents Monday night who have lost a son or daughter in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

U.S. Military numbers show 13 Rhode Islanders have died in the two wars. Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee,Raymond Gallison, says the ceremony reminds these parents that Rhode Island will never forget their loss.

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Top Stories
7:37 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day keeping floral shops busy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – While Sunday was a day of rest for most of us, it was just the opposite for florists. Valentine's Day is one of the busiest - if not the busiest - day of the year for the floral trade.


At Floral Symphony in Bristol, the staff calls it "Valoween." Owner Deb Metaxas explains why.

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RIPR News
7:04 am
Mon February 14, 2011

State considers pardon of last man executed in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This Valentine's Day marks the 166th anniversary of the last execution in Rhode Island. The condemned was an Irish immigrant named John Gordon. Many historians today believe he was wrongly convicted of murder.


Now, spurred by Newport author Ken Dooley who has written a play on the case, the General Assembly is considering a pardon.

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RIPR News
6:44 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Guatemalan-American group demands apology from RI lawmaker

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Guatemalan American Alliance of Rhode Island is demanding an apology from State Representative Robert Watson for comments he made last week in an address to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.


Speaking of the legislative agenda, Watson said, "I guess that if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana, you probably think we're onto some good ideas here."


David Quiroa, president of the Alliance, says Guatemalans are insulted.

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Political Roundtable
7:45 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Same-sex marriage, compassion centers and med. marijuana on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The debate over same-sex marriage, compassion centers, and medical marijuana. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable hosted by WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.

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7:14 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Brown in ownership dispute over of valuable sword

Photo by Alex Nunes.

NORFOLK, V.A. – The attorney for a Williamsburg collector says his client is the rightful owner of a Civil War-era sword that Brown University claims was stolen from its collection in the mid-1970s.

Brown filed a federal lawsuit in January against Donald R. Tharpe seeking the sword's return.


The Virginian-Pilot reports that U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar ordered both sides on Thursday to try and work out the dispute. He scheduled a Sept. 7 trial.

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