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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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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:58 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Human Connection

WRNI – Human connection. The phrase sounds so plain and simple. Yet all of us know how complex and challenging our human - and our sometimes inhumane - connections can be. Barbara Schweitzer reflects on the profound, and complicated, meaning of connections in our lives.

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RIPR News
2:35 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Navy employee, contractor accused of kickbacks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Federal prosecutors have charged two men in a kickback scheme involving millions of dollars in Navy funds.

Providence allege that Ralph Mariano padded Naval contracts issued to a Georgia company. That contractor, Anjan Dutta Gupta, allegedly funneled the money back to Mariano and his relatives.

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RIPR News
2:34 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

A.G.'s office shuts down Cranston fitness club

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Cranston fitness club has been shut down for a month by the Attorney General's office.

The 30 day suspension was imposed on Extreme Fitness health club for filing false documentation with the attorney general's office.

State law requires health clubs to register annually. Renewals must include a certificate from the local fire department confirming the facility is in compliance with the local fire code.

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RIPR News
8:42 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Brown student eyewitness to Egyptian protests

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University student Amanda Labora has just returned to Providence from Alexandria, Egypt, one of the cities where protests have broken out against President Hosni Mubarak. Labora was in Egypt as part of a study abroad program. She spoke with WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison about her experience.

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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