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12:34 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Musician profile: Carlos de Leon

Carlos de Leon is pictured here. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For more than 20 years, Carlos De Leon and his band have been packing the clubs, playing traditional Latin jazz. In this month's Rhode Island Art-Scape and as part of our weeklong series, Providence: Mi Ciudad, WRNI's Catherine Welch caught up with De Leon and his trumpet to talk about his life and music.

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RIPR News
12:05 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Bill calls for making governor, lt. governor a joint ticket

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Representative Stephen Ucci of Johnston has introduced legislation that would have voters decide whether candidates for governor and lieutenant governor should run on one ticket.


The candidates running for the two top offices would share a party affiliation as well as a place on the ballot.

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Local Features
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.

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