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3:49 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Whitehouse pushing jobs bills

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. File photo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is throwing his support behind a package of bills aimed at growing jobs.

One bill would end tax benefits for companies that ship jobs overseas. Another would permit the United States to impose trade sanctions on countries like China that artificially control their currency valuation. And a third would help small businesses obtain capital.

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Top Stories
12:05 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Forecasters: get the shovels ready

Lincoln Chafee is sworn as governor by Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, right, with his family at his side. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is bracing for a major winter storm. The National Weather Service is predicting up to 18 inches by tomorrow night.


The state Department of Transportation is asking for the public's cooperation to clear the roads.


The timing of the storm couldn't be worse. The state Transportation Department expects the heaviest snowfall to occur between four am and eight a-m tomorrow - at the height of morning rush hour.

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Morning News Podcast
8:59 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

Politics
6:55 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Flags at half staff in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered flags in the state lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the six people killed during an assassination attempt on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.


Chafee on Monday ordered flags lowered until sunset on Friday to honor the dead and the 14 injured outside a supermarket in Tucson on Saturday.


Chafee calls it an unthinkable tragedy that has brought him and all Rhode Islanders great personal sadness.

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RIPR News
5:21 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Treatment plants getting a green makeover

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wastewater treatments plants damaged by last year's floods will be getting an energy-efficient upgrade.

Environmental Protection Agency Director Curt Spalding says while touring the storm damaged treatment plants last year he asked himself, "what if they could be rebuilt to be more energy efficient?"

There's already a program rolling out across New England, says Spaulding, where treatment plants are saving as much energy as their spending creating a net-zero output.

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RIPR News
5:04 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Central Falls receiver to stay on another 30 days

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee's office says it's extending the term of the state-appointed receiver for Central Falls.

Receiver Mark Pfieffer's six-month contract would have expired Tuesday, instead, Pfieffer has agreed to stay on for at least another 30 days.

Chafee praised Pfieffer's performance in a released statement, saying he has made significant progress in a very difficult situation.

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Local Features
1:41 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

COMMENTARY: The new debate on same sex marriage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is about to embark on yet another same-sex marriage debate. And WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says this time, things will be different.

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
12:53 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Security beefed up at event attended by congressional delegation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is having an impact on congressional security here in Rhode Island.

Normally there is no security at Rhode Island press conferences attended by members of the state's congressional delegation. But at a news conference attended by three members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation a trio of Warwick police officers provided security.

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RIPR News
11:56 am
Mon January 10, 2011

Quick pace for Gifford replacement

Providence, RI – The Chafee administration is wasting no time in finding a replacement for the Director of the Department of Health, Dr. David Gifford.

The Governor's office says it hopes to find a new director by the time Gifford leaves his position at the end of February.

The administration plans to announce the members of a search committee by the end of the week. The Governor's spokesman says the committee will not limit itself to candidates from within the Ocean State.

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Morning News Podcast
9:09 am
Mon January 10, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

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

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