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11:44 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Homeless to Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When most of his high school friends were worrying about their SAT scores or who to take to the high school prom, Nick Donias was wondering where he'd sleep for the night. Two years ago, Donias was homeless, with a big dream of attending an Ivy League college. Now he's a sophomore at Brown - and he's begun to share his story about overcoming homelessness. WRNI education reporter Elisabeth Harrison has this profile.

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Local Features
9:52 am
Fri February 4, 2011

The rising presence of Latinos in local politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI continues its series on Providence's Latino community, "Providence: mi ciudad," with a look at political activity in Providence. The election in November of the city's first Latino mayor, Angel Taveras, was a major milestone, and efforts over the last years have multiplied the Latino presence on the Providence City Council. WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis has our story.

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Morning News Podcast
9:44 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, February 4, 2011.

RIPR News
7:48 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Winter farmer's markets on the rise in Northeast

Photo by Nancy Cohen.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Farmers markets have seen huge growth in the past three decades. They give consumers access to local food, sometimes at a lower price. And farmers can sell without a middleman getting a cut. Now, some markets run through the entire winter. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports the number of winter-long markets have doubled, tripled, even quadrupled in some states.

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Political Roundtable
7:02 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Chafee makes his mark on Central Falls and Board of Regents

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee puts his imprint on the future of Central Falls and the Board of Regents. 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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Top Stories
6:52 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Providence fire chief to step down

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One of the capital city's longest serving officials has announced he's stepping down.


Providence Fire chief George Farrell, who has been with the department for 30 years, says he's retiring to focus on his health and to spend more time with his family.


Farrell has been fighting leukemia for three-and-a-half years. In a 2008 interview with the Providence Journal he said he believes on-the-job exposure to hazardous chemicals made him sick.

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RIPR News
6:49 am
Fri February 4, 2011

SEC investigates RI bond offerings

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation of Rhode Island's bond offerings.


State Treasurer Gina Raimondo says the SEC told her about the investigation on Monday. Raimondo, who started in her job last month, says the reason for the probe hasn't been identified. But she says the SEC has raised its scrutiny of the disclosure provided by states about their unfunded pension liability.

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RIPR News
4:54 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Former HHS Secretary's numbers don't match up

Providence, RI – Rhode Island's former Secretary of Health and Human Services is making claims about the state's Global Medicaid Waiver that Rhode Island officials can't verify.

An online report authored by Gary Alexander claims that Rhode Island's changes to the state's Medicaid program saved more than 100 million dollars over 18 months.

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RIPR News
3:09 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Rhode Island company takes part in President's jobs program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island start-up accelerator Betaspring is taking part in President Obama's latest effort for entrepreneurs.
The program, called Start Up America, will help launch new businesses around the country as a way to jump start the economy. Betaspring Managing Partner Allan Tear says it's exciting to be a part of the president's push to "win the future."

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RIPR News
1:43 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Public weigh in on rate increase

Providence, RI – A public hearing continued today over a proposed average eight percent rate increase for people who buy their own health insurance.


The request by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island would take effect on April 1st of this year and affect around 14,500 Rhode Islanders.


Both Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin have come out in opposition to the rate hikes calling them excessive.

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