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9:05 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Growth and challenges for city's Latino media

A Latino Public Radio correspondent is pictured at the inauguration of Governor Lincoln Chafee. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When Victor Cuenca began the publication Providence en Espanol, he was a one man news, advertising and circulation department working out of a walk-in closet in his North Providence apartment.

The Bolivian native still remembers the first day he went to print in August 1999.

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RIPR News
7:55 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Home sales report has mixed findings

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Association of Realtors has just come out with its 2010 report and it contains both good and bad news.


Sales of single family homes fell 12 percent in Rhode Island last year but prices rose five percent to a median of $210,000. The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says it was the first time in six years that the median price increased.

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Morning News Podcast
9:43 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

RIPR News
8:17 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Sen. Whitehouse reacts to the State of the Union

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In his third State of the Union address, President Obama called for greater cooperation in dealing with the country's economic problems and outlined the need to compete on a global stage. Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sat two rows from the president and he joined WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison the next day to discuss the speech.

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Politics
8:15 am
Wed January 26, 2011

RI lawmakers weigh stiffer penalties for convicts who kill local officials

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The House Judiciary Committee will consider a bill this afternoon inspired in part by the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.


A bill sponsored by Representative Roberto DaSilva would remove the possibility of parole for someone convicted of the first-degree murder of a state or local official.

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Top Stories
7:59 am
Wed January 26, 2011

More snow on the way

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is likely in store for the ninth winter storm of the season. Forecasters say six to 10 inches of snow could accumulate by this time tomorrow morning.


The snowfall is expected to begin mid to late this afternoon, with some coastal areas possibly seeing sleet or freezing rain mixed in. National Weather Service meteorologist Neil Strauss says intensity will pick up over night, with snow potentially falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

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RIPR News
6:04 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Newport festivals going non-profit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Newport Jazz and Folk Festival founder George Wein says his age and not financial woes is why he's formed a non-profit to run the festivals.

The 85-year-old says he wants to know the festivals will continue after he's gone. He's been running the festivals since 1954, and sold them back in 2007 only to return two years later.

Last fall the Newport Jazz Festival lost its corporate sponsor and is still looking for a replacement. Wein says that's not why he's going non-profit.

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RIPR News
3:51 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

For Spanish speakers, learning English can be only half the battle

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI continues its series on Providence's Latino community, "Providence: Mi Ciudad," with a look at the incredibly high demand for English classes. As WRNI's Flo Jonic reports it's not unusual for adult learners to wait a year or more to get into a free class.

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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RIPR News
2:56 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Brace yourself for more snow

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The National Weather Service has put Rhode Island under a winter storm watch starting Wednesday afternoon and continuing through Thursday morning.


The storm will be the 9th of the season.


Accumulation amounts could range from two to three inches on the south coast to a foot in the northwest corner of the state. This, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Eleanor Talbot who says the storm has been difficult to predict because of widely varying computer models.

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RIPR News
2:36 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

National Grid sees 2nd highest spike in demand for natural gas

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – National Grid says the recent cold snap triggered the company's second highest demand for natural gas in one day.

The bitter cold that blanketed the northeast prompted deliveries of 4.55 billion cubic feet of natural gas from 10:00AM Sunday morning and 10:00AM Monday. One billion cubic feet can satisfy Delaware's need for natural gas for a week.

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