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8:54 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Chafee devotes administration to health care reform efforts

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is making it official- he's committed to implementing federal health care reform in the Ocean State.

Today he signed an executive order establishing a commission and executive committee devoted to the issue.

A room full of health care advocates at the Rhode Island Foundation Building applauded Governor Chafee as he signed the order, which devotes government resources and personnel to making health reform work in Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
6:59 am
Thu January 13, 2011

New documentary tells life of RI native Spaulding Gray

Photo courtesy of IFC.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In his very personal monologues, Spalding Gary was usually seated behind a battered desk, wearing a flannel shirt and jeans. His props were merely a glass of water and a schoolboy's notebook. But they allowed him to become a troubadour of his own life, his own view of the world.

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RIPR News
6:52 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Chafee calls for more civil dialogue

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is echoing President Obama's calls for political civility following the shootings in Arizona last week.

At a press conference about health care reform, Chafee recalled a column written about him with the title "They shot the wrong Lincoln."

He says we're overdue for a toning down of that kind of political rhetoric.

"Some of these people don't even believe what they're saying, but they're making money off it," he says."So, the advertisers have to shut them down. That's my view."

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Top Stories
6:50 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Shoveling out from the storm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Islanders got out their shovels and salt yesterday to dig out of the heavy snow storm.


Michael Sotelo stood on Providence's Dean street trying to knock snow off the roof of his car. He said he moved here from Texas about a week ago to live with his girlfriend. The storm is making him rethink his decision.


"But I guess it's cold in Fort Worth right now too, but not snow like this," he said. "I've never seen snow like this, it's ridiculous."

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6:43 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Snowfall totals close to 2 ft. in parts of RI

Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state's northwest corner is waking up to the brunt of yesterday's winter storm. Snowfall in Burrillville, Cumberland and West Gloucester ranged between 20 and 21 inches with Foster seeing the highest totals at nearly 22 inches.


National Weather Service meteorologist Rebecca Gould says the snow is not likely to melt in the next few days as the temperatures remain below freezing.

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2:10 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Storm blankets RI in snow

Downtown Providence is pictured following the overnight snow. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major winter storm has dumped a blanket of white across Rhode Island and forecasters say the heavy overnight snowfall should continue throughout this morning. National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Belk says much of the state could see more than a foot of snow by the end of the day.

"For most of the state we're expecting 12 to 16 inches of snow," Belk says. "Newport County a little bit less at 8 to 12. And by the time we get to Block Island, we're expecting 3 to 6 inches."

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Morning News Podcast
10:17 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

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7:52 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Storm blankets RI in snow

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major winter storm has dumped a blanket of white across Rhode Island and forecasters say the heavy overnight snowfall should continue throughout this morning. National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Belk says much of the state could see more than a foot of snow by the end of the day.

"For most of the state we're expecting 12 to 16 inches of snow," Belk says. "Newport County a little bit less at 8 to 12. And by the time we get to Block Island, we're expecting 3 to 6 inches."

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Economy
7:51 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Taveras orders review of city finances

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras yesterday created a five-member panel to assess the fiscal condition of Rhode Island's capital city.


Taveras says assembling a team of experts is an important part of strengthening Providence's finances. He calls it a difficult challenge and one faced by cities across the country.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:05 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

What I Am

WRNI – Typically we spend the early years of our lives sorting through what matters to us, trying on different personas for size, and forging an identity that seems to make sense. For some of us, the path is relatively straight and narrow. But for others, the journey is filled with lots of meandering and detours. As we hear from Nancy Kirsch, part of the challenge is embracing the person we become over time.

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