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WRNI VIDEO
11:52 am
Tue January 4, 2011

See the inauguration 2011 slideshow

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –


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RIPR News
9:49 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Chafee due to be sworn in as first modern day independent governor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's first independent governor since colonial times will be sworn in today at the state capitol. Lincoln Chafee will take the reins with the state facing a nearly $300-million shortfall.

Sensitive to the state's budget woes, Chafee scaled back the inauguration festivities by skipping the pomp and throwing a free Waterfire in downtown Providence. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says it's similar to the Linc Almond inauguration 16 years ago.

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Morning News Podcast
9:22 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, January 04, 2011.

Local Features
6:53 am
Tue January 4, 2011

A look back at the history of the governorship in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Later today, independent Lincoln Chafee will be sworn in as the next governor of the state of Rhode Island. He'll join a long list dating back all the way to 1663. We wanted to get some perspective on past inauguration days and the history of the governor's office in Rhode Island, so we called Pat Conley, the author of many books on Rhode Island history, constitutional lawyer, and local developer.

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Politics
6:33 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Taveras supporters party into the night

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is pictured at his inauguration party. Photo by Megan Hall.

Providence, RI – Last night more than a thousand people gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center to celebrate the inauguration of Providence's new Mayor Angel Taveras.

Supporters danced, cheered, and drank at the free event, which featured bilingual speeches and music for the city's first Latino mayor.

Taveras' sister, Dinora Dominguez, switched effortlessly between English and Spanish as she introduced her brother.

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RIPR News
3:44 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Providence's first Hispanic mayor takes oath on steps of city hall

Taveras takes the oath. Photo by Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite the cold weather more than 300 people gathered outside City Hall to watch the swearing in of Angel Taveras as the 37th mayor of Providence. He took the oath of office with his mother and sister holding the family Bible.

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RIPR News
1:46 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Providence City Council sworn in

Terrence Hassett takes oath of office. Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Michael Solomon is the unanimous choice for Providence City Council president. He and his 14 colleagues were sworn in Monday at City Hall.

Democrat Terrence Hassett made his first public appearance since being seriously injured by a hit and run driver back in October. Hassett was elected President Pro-Tem by the council.

The baby of Councilwoman Sabina Matos was injured when a speaker at the ceremony toppled over. The extent of the baby's injuries is unknown.

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RIPR News
1:41 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

COMMENTARY: The inauguration day some would like to forget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – There is a simple majesty to an inauguration. From the State House to the White House, these occasions of high theater remind us of the enduring rhythm of our democracy: Governments in America change not with tanks in the streets, but with a peaceful transfer of the reins of power.

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Morning News Podcast
9:22 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Monday, January 03, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, January 03, 2011.

RIPR News
6:40 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Chafee to start with smaller staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a cost-cutting move, Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee plans to begin work on Tuesday with fewer staffers in the governor's office.


Chafee will begin at the State House with an initial roster of 25 staffers, 20 fewer than currently budgeted. Chafee spokesman Michael Trainor said outgoing Gov. Don Carcieri has also been operating with fewer staffers than budgeted this fiscal year, carrying 31. He said Chafee's decision to carry six few staffers ``will accelerate those savings.''

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