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8:20 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Politics
8:12 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Hearing draws supporters, opponents of same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage supporters, with some opponents, demonstrate in the State House rotunda. Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Supporters call legalizing same-sex marriage the right thing to do. During a House Judiciary hearing yesterday on related legislation, they also say it would stimulate an economic windfall for Rhode Island.

Providence real estate agent Jim DeRentis says almost all of Rhode Island's 40 largest companies offer benefits to same-sex couples or ban discrimination based on orientation.

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RIPR News
7:05 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Some RI students show gains on NECAP test

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – High School students in Rhode Island improved last year on statewide tests of math and English. Overall, 33 percent of juniors were proficient in math, a gain of six points compared with 2009.

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says she would like to see more students reach proficiency.

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Top Stories
6:46 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Landmark gets green light for aggressive sale

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Financially troubled Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket is moving forward with its aggressive timeline to find a buyer. Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein has approved Landmark's plan to recommend a new owner by April 1st.


Landmark Spokesman Bill Fischer says that's a realistic deadline.

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RIPR News
6:16 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Judge approves Landmark time line

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Financially troubled Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket is moving forward with its aggressive time line to find a buyer.

Superior court Judge Michael Silverstein has approved Landmark's plan to recommend a new owner by April 1st. Landmark Spokesman Bill Fischer says that's a realistic deadline.

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RIPR News
5:12 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Both sides rally around same-sex marriage legislation

Supporters of same-sex marriage rally at the state house Wednesday.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Scores of people were at the Statehouse for the first hearing on opposing same-sex marriage bills.

Dozens of same-sex marriage supporters gathered in the rotunda of the Statehouse as lawmakers made their way to a hearing on bills that would alternatively legalize the practice and outlaw it.

Kim Stowell of Marriage Equality Rhode Island says the political climate has never been more positive for their cause.

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Morning News Podcast
9:45 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, February 9, 2011.

Economy
7:06 am
Wed February 9, 2011

House committee meets on bill to restore e-verify

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – More than 60 people attended a House Labor Committee meeting yesterday to debate illegal immigration. The focal point was a bill to restore former governor Don Carcieri's executive order on immigration.

Tea Party and Rhode Island Statewide Coalition members were among those backing stronger efforts to curb illegal immigration.

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RIPR News
6:43 am
Wed February 9, 2011

RI same-sex marriage bill gets hearing today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A committee of the Rhode Island House is expected to hear testimony on a bill that would legalize same sex marriage as advocates for the change rally at the Statehouse.


The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the bill Wednesday afternoon and evening. A rally is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Statehouse rotunda.

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Economy
6:35 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Chafee concerned about Mass. casino, but not endorsing table games in RI

Photo by Ross Elliott via Flickr Creative Commons.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee says his administration is keeping a watchful eye on potential casino developments in Massachusetts but stopping short of endorsing a plan to allow table games at Twin River in Lincoln.

Chafee spokesman Mike Trainor says the concern is that a Bay State casino could take revenue away from Rhode Island.

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